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|1.5 very poor||Milo Minderbinder | April 25th 11|
The irony of Kaiser Cheifs writing a song called "Everything Is Average Nowadays" is at once both delicious and infuriating.
|4.0 excellent||suturno | December 25th 09|
A new classic of this era. The british indie-pop kings deliver one strong effort, proving they were more than just a hit ("Everytime I love you less and less") by bringing us another BIGGER hit ("Ruby"). Great album.
|2.0 poor||Adrian Hertzberg CONTRIBUTOR | May 11th 09|
You know an album is less than great if it takes you three sittings to get all the way through it. This album annoys quickly and get old even more quickly. While it has some redeeming qualities (The Angry Mob is a good song, however unoriginal), they aren't enough to make up for the lackluster tone of the album as well as the blatant unoriginality. I agree with the reviewer when he says that Kaiser Chiefs seem like they're trying to create rock-anthems and that just don't fly. Rock-anthems aren't created by humans; they are given to us by the rock gods in the form of Queen songs. Too many shortcuts on this album to make this anything more than a 2 for me.
|4.0 excellent||musicalfuel | November 4th 08|
I also agree that you've missed the mark with their sound. I was so surprised to hear this after Employment and was very impressed. It's polished without being glossy and has so much potential for more than just a Brit radio station. Clever and fun, kudos to Kaiser Chiefs.
|1.5 very poor||Garito | August 20th 08|
Buena Vista Social Club's version of Modern Way first introduced me to the Kaiser Chiefs and I subsequently downloaded this album. "Ruby" is a great catchy pop tune that really drew me in, but nothing else is worth a second listen. The definition of unmemorable.
|3.5 great||Maxed | April 2nd 07|
This is my friends car music, he always plays it in his car... and im starting to like it, thus im not a real indie fan
|4.0 excellent||Arjun | March 3rd 07|
I can't get the words Ruby, Ruby, Ruby and Rubay out of my head. Though somehow, I'm not altogether convinced that I want to.
The Chiefs are back in their sophomore attempt. Of course the weight of expectation wouldn't be too high? I mean, it's not like Employment had like eight singles or anything. And it's not like I went through the last five months humming "Na Na Na Na Naa". Okay, I did. So basically, KC has a lot to live up to.
YT,AM is not as catchy as Employment. Maybe it's the Kaiser fatigue, maybe it's too much Maximo Park. Maybe the songs just aren't that catchy. Which is not to say that have too. "We are the angry mob, we read the papers everyday" is every bit as stadium as "I predict a riot"; but somewhere along the line Ricky Wilson forgot to reinvent his band. It's something that's going to catch a lot of bands out this year if they're not careful (Arctic Monkeys, Wolfmother, er... Maximo Park).
Where Ricky and co. have shown some skill is in reliving the instrumental chorus excitement of Employment. Songs like Heat Dies Down and High Royds are flowing with sticky hooks and sing-along choruses. And somewhere in the middle they throw in a gem in the form of Love's Not A Competition (But I'm Winning); Wilson's softer side isn't exactly "soft", but it's good enough to save the album from being boring.
Sure YT,AM's going to sell tonnes of records for the Chiefs, but if they want to fill up the arenas, they better start thinking bigger on their next outing.
|3.0 good||APJ90 | April 1st 13|
|1.5 very poor||ChopSuey | November 12th 12|
|3.0 good||mortnr | October 24th 12|
|3.0 good||bleath | August 13th 12|
|2.5 average||Stfk19 | March 19th 12|
|2.0 poor||nex77 | February 29th 12|
|3.0 good||vivapo | December 12th 11|
|1.5 very poor||Dunnus | November 29th 11|
|3.5 great||Matty | October 19th 11|
|3.5 great||Gago | September 21st 11|
|2.0 poor||Skipdog | September 20th 11|
|3.0 good||Bossie | September 13th 11|
|3.0 good||Ronen | May 15th 11|
|3.5 great||Chris | April 11th 11|
|2.0 poor||Hilty | January 17th 11|
|3.0 good||sin69 | December 19th 10|
|4.5 superb||LevL6 | November 21st 10|
|3.0 good||Zoop | November 7th 10|
|3.5 great||Sami K | October 22nd 10|
|3.5 great||Centre | October 21st 10|
|2.5 average||seifer | October 11th 10|
|3.5 great||Alit | October 7th 10|
|3.0 good||fish CONTRIBUTOR | September 15th 10|
|3.0 good||AlBo | August 10th 10|
|2.0 poor||Ben | July 22nd 10|
|3.5 great||Volk23 | June 30th 10|
|3.5 great||mppwns | June 10th 10|
|1.5 very poor||Mendigo | February 2nd 10|
|4.0 excellent||boiziba | January 17th 10|
|3.5 great||BertFF | August 18th 09|
|1.5 very poor||bloc | May 5th 09|
|2.5 average||Rudy K. STAFF | January 27th 09|
|3.5 great||cell13 | January 6th 09|
|2.5 average||Pigmi | December 16th 08|
|2.5 average||Davey Boy STAFF | December 10th 08|
|2.5 average||Ali CONTRIBUTOR | October 29th 08|
|2.5 average||aris19 | September 7th 08|
|4.0 excellent||Majesty | July 31st 08|
|3.5 great||Robins | November 20th 07|
|2.5 average||doqtor | November 5th 07|
|2.5 average||Omgz | September 23rd 07|
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