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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - New Wave & Post-punk / Artist: Kaiser Chiefs / Audio CD released 2005-03-07 at B-Unique

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      04.09.2012 08:33
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      Debut album from the Kaiser Chiefs

      The Kaiser Chiefs burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their popular single I Predict A Riot. In 2005 their debut album Employment was released to popular acclaim.

      The Kaiser Chiefs are an energetic, modern indie band and this is showcased in their debut. Single I Predict A Riot, written about a night out in Leeds ("Watching the people get lairy, it's not very pretty I tell thee"), was possibly the most catchy song of 2004 and no other song on the album matches it. However there are several efforts that come close. Everyday I Love You Less and Less almost matches it in energy, while Modern Way follows the same formula and appropriately-titled Na Na Na Na Naa seems to be almost a parody of the same kind of song.

      Oh My God is another standout track. It has a brilliant, catchy, shouty chorus and sharp and funny lyrics ("Knock me down I'll get right back up again / Come back stronger than a powered-up Pacman"). Saturday Night sounds like a less catchy version of I Predict A Riot. Time Honoured Tradition is very funny, as singer Ricky Wilson sings about making sure you get your five a day if you don't want the reaper to get you.

      The bizarre, random and funny lyrics are highlights of the album and it's worth listening to it repeatedly just to catch as many of these gems as possible. Some are just plain daft ("It makes me sick to think of you undressed", "I saw you on the bus and saw your shoes / They fell apart some time ago"), others funny ("Girls scrabble round with no clothes on, to borrow a pound for a condom / If it wasn't for chip fat they'd be frozen, they're not very sensible") while others form superficial social commentary ("You work in a shirt with your name tag on it / drifting apart like a plate tectonic"). In a way, the Kaiser Chiefs are a bit like Blur or Pulp, though without the profundity of the greatest songs of these two bands. They certainly have that indie Britpop sound.

      Track Listing
      1. Everyday I Love You Less and Less
      2. I Predict A Riot
      3. Modern Way
      4. Na Na Na Na Naa
      5. You Can Have It All
      6. Oh My God
      7. Born To Be A Dancer
      8. Saturday Night
      9. What Did I Ever Give You?
      10. Time Honoured Tradition
      11. Caroline, Yes
      12. Team Mate

      Overall, this is a great album with some standout tracks and I'm going to give it five stars.

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        01.01.2010 22:01
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        Formulaic and simple but easy to listen to

        I generally despise Indie music, and the Kaiser Chiefs, with their incessant chanting of "na na na na" would fall well into that category, but to be honest, I don't mind this album as a fluffy Indie CD. It's not something I'd endeavour to play a lot, but it's actually not bad! Here are my favourite tracks:

        Every Day I Love You Less and Less = a strange electronic intro is quite alluring, and the lyrics have had multiple interpretations, but the verse builds to an epic chorus that is just asking to be chanted at their gigs. Great start.

        I Predict a Riot = their best known song and the one that brought them to fame, it is undeniably very catchy and again has a simplistic and populist appeal that will make it a floor filler without a doubt. It also tells a fun story about a night on the town.

        Na Na Na Na Naa = this isn't my favourite track or in any way one I liked, but I had to talk about it. It has an incredibly irritating chant of "Na Na Na Na Naa" throughout, and is almost enough to make me not want to listen to the album again, but not quite. I always skip this dreck.

        Oh My God = a great but simple song that builds to a memorable chorus with the lyrics "Oh My God, I can't believe it, I've never been this far away from home!". It has also been covered numerous times, often dreadfully, I might add.

        Is this great? Not a chance. Indie fans will eat it up, and although simple, it does have a bit of feral charm and manages to survive on that.

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        10.02.2009 20:50
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        energetic

        The Kaiser are now pretty well known in the UK, but before the arrival of this album they were relative unknowns and were chancing their luck with punk fuelled guitar pop.

        Who are they:

        UK based group, fronted by chirpy singer/songwriter Ricky Hatton. They found fame off the back of 'I Predict A Riot.'

        On this album:

        It gets off to a great start with 'Everyday I Love Less And Less' which has some great synth work on it. It sounds retro, eighties and has an air of disco about it, though the bulk of the track has the guitar pop edge. They up the ante with the amazing 'I Predict A Riot' in which the bridge to the chorus tranposes and gets you hot under the collar. The energy in this song is brilliant and you can lose your inhibitions to it everytime.

        Highlights:

        'Oh My God' has an anthemic and stomping chorus and you can imagine this one causing a brawl in a bar. 'The Modern Way' is more subdued and has some biting and realistic lyrics. Hatton's vocals are more refined here and classier.

        Overview:

        The guys managed to carve themselves a nice little niche in the music market. Their ability to create radio friendly music with a punky edge was a smart move on their part, paving the way for the likes of Fratellis and similar alternative indie acts.

        Verdict: Buy it

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        26.11.2008 10:34
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        Kaisers debut.

        Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

        This debut album was released in 2005, some 8 years after the Leeds combo first formed, that shows perseverance at the very least...who are they?

        Ricky Wilson
        Andrew 'Whitey' White
        Simon Rix
        Nick 'Peanut' Baines
        Nick Hodgson

        What are they? Well, sort of UK Indie, come rock, come post punk. They are certainly different though, well, different to many of the dross UK indie bands around.

        I'd like to mention the actual CD and insert booklet which I think are worthy of mention. The CD itself has a really cute multi coloured clock face entitled 'track selector', this is quite amusing. The back of the Cd has a track list preceded by the words 'Bumper 12-song Compendium'. This is all very tongues in cheek, cheeky chappie, and I like it.

        The insert booklet is set out like an old games compendium with all the lyrics included, I still like to read lyrics.


        1. Everyday I Love You Less And Less
        Great opening track; brilliant energetic staccato drum and guitar beat, starts well, changes key up several times until we get to the chorus which has a real punk feel to it. The lyrics are simple yet clever, the tune catchy, the vocals reminiscent of Stiff Little Fingers or The Undertones, or The Jam. 8/10.

        2. I Predict A Riot
        This is even better than the first track and was a huge single hit (though I often think of the Chris Moyle's parody 'I predict a diet). Basically the song is social commentary and I love that, it feels real and is pretty much any Saturday night in any town. The lyrics are sublime:

        "Girls scrabble round with no clothes on,
        To borrow a pound for a condom,
        If it wasn't for chip fat they'd be frozen"

        The end gets faster and louder, as it should. 10/10 for me, destined to become a classic.

        3. Modern Way
        I have made one reference to The Jam already and one has to say the song title here evokes that further. A slower and more thoughtful track, introverted social commentary. This song reminds me of another but I cannot work it out, has a feel of Depeche Mode about it. I really like this, quite mournful in a way, which gets 'broken' by a great big rock type interlude mid song. 8/10.

        4. Na Na Na Na Naa
        Completely different again, this could be the Scissor Sisters, all disco rock like, quite fun and catchy but not the best, never the less, a solid 7/10.

        5. You Can Have It All
        A love song in it's own way, but quirky enough to be interesting. Again the lyrics are excellent, talking about itches in lost limbs. Musically it is more acoustic, but not totally so. Nice guitar and keyboards complementing each other with a very cool, laconic drum beat. I really like this it and often play it 2 or 3 times in a row. This is strange because it really is not my usual type of song. 8/10.

        6. Oh My God
        This is sheer class, the lyrics alone are sublime, the lead guitar is superb. Very Depeche Mode again and yet it builds and builds to become a full on rock number. I have to mention a lyrical line that is just brilliant:

        "Knock me down I get right back up again, Come back stronger than a powered up Pac-Man".

        The chorus is another that sits in the memory, brilliant, though I have to say I did love the Lily Allen/Mark Ronson version too. 9/10.

        7. Born To Be A Dancer
        Lyrically this could be The Jam without a shadow of a doubt, musically it is very definitely the Kaiser Chiefs, 7/10.

        8. Saturday Night
        This has real punk influences bit like the Ramones, X Ray Spex even. Simple beats, the vocals are just great, full of shouting, pouting arrogance. Energetic and at the same time very 'couldn't give a toss' type of music. Brilliant again. 9/10.

        9. What Did I Ever Give You?
        Great circus/fairground keyboard/organ, a sound a bit like a 70's Cockney rebel tune, really quite accomplished and interesting. Lyrically, again, fantastic. 7/10.

        10. Time Honoured Tradition
        Strange offering this, not bad, just a bit different...it never really gets going from the introductory bars, though right at the end we get a bit of a build up which is awfully like Klezmer music, how weird. 6/10.

        11. Caroline, Yes
        Clearly a song about betrayal and infidelity. I don't actually like this song. It is good musically and lyrically but not as good as the other tracks, it just does not have the same energy or commitment and seems to go on for ever. Weakest track on the CD but still a solid 5/10.

        12. Team Mate
        Another strange offering, all lamenting and soft lyrics. Quite good in a mournful kind of way, again not a favourite, but just better than last track 5.5/10.


        ~~~Finally~~~

        Whilst they are not the Jam nor do they state that they are influenced by the Jam, the bass line is very similar in some tracks. The track titles and lyrics are also quite Jam like, 'Modern Way', 'Saturday' night to name but two. There are also clearly influences from bands like Depeche Mode, and yet they are very individual too. There are punk influences, rock influences, new romantic influences all churning up in a Northern, Cheeky Chappie, artic Monkeys (but better) Indie style.

        Where this band and this CD stand out for me is in the ability to cross genres and in the song writing, lyrically it is a superb offering, a real keeper for any collection.

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          20.10.2008 21:34
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          Everyone needs this CD

          Hailing from Leeds, Kaiser Chiefs blasted into the charts 3 and a half years ago (2005) with this album. It includes some timeless classics which no one will every forget like "I Predict a Riot", "Oh My God", Modern Way", "Everyday I Love You Less & Less". All tracks soared to the top of the charts.

          For me I had to listen to this album a few times before deciding it was good. Once i passed that stage, i was addicted! The reason for this is that it is so different to anything else that was around at the time and took a while to get used to. Each and every track is catchy, in all a massive sound and content range.
          Very experimental both vocally and instrumentally. Different.

          This is the type of album you can put on in the background or in turn, to rock out to with your friends.


          Track Listings
          1. Everyday I Love You Less and Less - Upbeat start to the album. Instrumentally experimental and very sing-along
          2. I Predict A Riot - This is an indie anthem which is played time and time again in clubs/radio stations, etc. This was covered by Lilly Allen shortly after Kaiser Chiefs release. This is the most popular track by them to date.
          3. Modern Way - A soothing, quite serious track by the guys.
          4. Na Na Na Na Naa - Again, an upbeat track and vocally experimental. Could have been hit or miss but it was definately a hit.
          5. You Can Have It All - Turning the mood of the album again, a slow track which is nice without stepping into the "boyband" category
          6. Oh My God - KC's other massive, massive hit. Indie dancefloors all across the UK are still going mental over this.
          7. Born To Be A Dancer - One of my least favorites as I feel it struggles to be individual in comparison to the other tracks. Maybe a little droney.
          8. Saturday Night - Upbeat. One of the best tracks on the album. The vocals to this are really fun and fresh.
          9. What Did I Ever Give You - Again, another slow track to keep the album neutral. Emotional but not too serious. The instrumental backs up the vocals well.
          10. Time Honoured Tradition - Lyrics are very original and comically arranged. The content of the lyrics allows you to see they are a serious band as well as "jokers".
          11. Caroline, Yes - To me, this is a bit of a filler track but still cool, fresh and enjoyable.
          12. Team Mate - The best slow track on the album. This is a very good "closer" to the album as an oppose to the beginning track. This track says "we can be serious as well as fun"

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            10.08.2008 00:11
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            Really good tunes by the leeds quintet.

            The Kaiser Chiefs are a five piece band from Leeds. This, their debut album, was released in 2005, and appealed to every person who enjoyed chanting lyrics at festivals.

            I felt I had to write this review after my scathing review of their follow up album, "Yours Truly, Angry Mob" which was, in my opinion, horrific. However, this debut is everything an album by the Kaiser Chiefs should be.

            EVERYDAY I LOVE YOU LESS AND LESS 8/10
            "I know, I feel it in my bones
            I'm sick, I'm tired of staying in control
            Oh yes, I feel a rat upon a wheel
            I've got to know what's not and what's real"

            The opening song on the album is a fantastic upbeat number by the Kaisers. The song is brilliant and fantastic to dance to, with an amazing modern sound.

            I PREDICT A RIOT 9/10
            "Girls scrabble around with no clothes on
            To borrow a pound for a condom
            If it wasn't for chip fat, they'd be frozen
            They're not very sensible"

            There is a reason "I Predict A Riot" is the most successful song ever by the Kaisers. The song is both catchy and meaningful, with brilliant beats and a good rhythm, along with the brilliant sing - a - long lyrics.

            MODERN WAY 8/10
            "Take a lesson
            From the ones who have been there
            My brain is not damaged
            But in need of some repair
            Hold on to the basics
            But we can change all our tactics
            There's no point sitting going crazy on your own"

            This song is another example of why the Kaiser Chiefs are a successful band. The song is catchy and impulsive, with a really strong sound to it.

            NA NA NA NA NAA 7/10
            "Ohh"
            It does not move me,
            Its not the kind of thing that I like"

            Although the repetition of "Na na na" can be frustrating and at times annoying, it is what you expect from a song called "Na na na na naa" so you can't really complain, and between all the "na"ing is a really good sound.

            YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL 6/10
            "I tell you what it's going to feel like
            You've lost a limb and you can feel it
            It's too late, at night, not by my side
            'Cos I'm not there to hold you too tight"

            The song isn't one of the best on the album, but it still has a catchy tune and good strong lyrics. There is real passion behind the singing, and the riff is quite impressive.

            OH MY GOD 8/10
            "To much time spent dragging the past up
            If I didn't see you not looking what I messed up
            Settling down in your early twenties
            Sucked more blood than a backstreet dentist"

            Another one of the singles from the album, "Oh My God" is a fantastic tune which is once again catchy and fresh. The song was really overplayed in late 2005, but if that doesn't put you off then its a brilliant song to listen to.

            BORN TO BE A DANCER 9/10
            "Once you asked me what I'm thinking
            'I lay back and think of England'
            Do you know my real answer?
            'I was born to be a dancer' "

            Don't ask me why, but this is my favourite song on the album. The song has a brilliant rhythm and a fantastic sound. The song is really mint, and a good listen.

            SATURDAY NIGHT 7/10
            "Come in to the city on a Saturday night
            Watching the boys on their motorbikes
            I wanna be like those guys, I wanna wear my clothes tight
            Matching jackets and a fistful of notes
            New sneakers and a fresh pack of smokes "

            Saturday night is one of the lesser known songs on the album, with a good rhythm and an amazing tune, though the lyrics at time let it down.

            WHAT DID I EVER GIVE YOU 6/10
            "what did i ever give you when you wanted me to,
            all i gave you was pain and a look of disdain
            what did i ever give you when you wanted me to,
            all i gave you was grief are you sick to your teeth"

            The album loses steam for a bit here, with the rhythm and catchiness becoming a bit repetitive. However, its still a good song and works well with Ricky Wilson's vocals.

            TIME HONOURED TRADITION 7/10
            "Well it's a time honoured tradition
            To get enough nutrition
            Stay alive until you die
            And that is the end of you"

            This is a good tune, but by this point the standardised style of the tunes is becoming a bit repetitive. The tune is good, but would have survived better if it was at the beginning of the album.

            CAROLINE, YES 7/10
            "you got everything so high oh high
            did you have to take caroline?
            i bet you thought that was the death of me
            coz you are everything i wanna be"

            This is a song for the enthusiasts. It is very catchy and sounds good, but is once again quite repetitive like the albums.

            TEAM MATE 7/10
            "We lost our friends because you wanted to
            They had no faith in you I had faith in you
            We did everything you wanted to
            It was just me and you
            On a bicycle for two"

            The album finishes on a good song, but because of the lack of singles in the second half of the album only dedicated listeners (or those who are too lazy to turn over like myself) will have the privellege of listening to it. Its a shame because its a pretty decent tune.

            This album is the epitome of why the Kaiser Chiefs were successful in the first cycle of their fame. The songs are joyful and fresh, with a unique sound and an amazing catchy sound. If you're into bands like The Fratellis, Franz Ferdinand, The Pigeon Detectives or Kasabian, you'll like this debut from the Kaisers.

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            18.02.2008 21:11
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            This is a good CD with some unique music and up-beat, fun, loud tunes

            Released: March 7th 2005
            Genre: Indie Rock
            Total Length: 44:12

            This CD may be getting old now, but my no means rusty! Mine is almost always in use as it contains some great music! The Kaiser Chiefs currently seem to be a bit dead, but their Employment CD brought me joy and happiness with plenty of up-beat and good songs. Their tunes are catchy, their style is unique, and their music is also of great excitement.

            Track Listing:

            1. Everyday I Love You Less And Less
            2. I Predict A Riot
            3. Modern Way
            4. Na Na Na Na Naa
            5. You Can Have It All
            6. Oh My God
            7. Born To Be A Dancer
            8. Saturday Night
            9. What Did I Ever Give You?
            10. Time Honoured Tradition
            11. Caroline, Yes!
            12. Team Mate

            Everyday I Love You Less And Less is a great song, and can express the way you are thinking sometimes. It starts with a rather retro style intro, but it quickly gets into the song with good lyrics and rhymes that make it so great. There is a rather large build up to the chorus, which is more quite and not so powerful. This isn't my favourite song, but it isn't bad at all.

            I Predict A Riot is an excellent song that I thoroughly enjoy. It starts with an intro of a guitar with drums coming into play. As the atmosphere has been built, the singing starts. The lyrics are fantastic in my opinion and pretty random - not about love but about random incidences and happenings. Just before the chorus, the vocals reach a length to be singing 'la la la' before the chorus starts. The chorus is very catchy, and the song continues with some cheesy lyrics. The song is made excellently with a good sound and all the gaps filled in with different instruments. There is also a good variety from slower tempos to faster ones, but the song is quite loud in general - one of my favourite.

            Modern Way is a good song, and starts with the clicking of the tongue as an intro. The intros seem to be of similarity in every song. They make good use of the ability to use their mouths not only to sing, but to perform sounds too. This song is quite boring with the lyrics, but it has a good tune behind it. Not my favourite song, as it has a boring tone to it with flat lyrics.

            Na na na na naa is quite a good song, but of extreme randomness with the chorus simply singing the name of the song. This one is actually about a girl, but not my favourite. However if you are into such unique and random music, this is the song for you! You Can Have It All has a different feel to it when its played, and isn't very catchy.

            Oh My God has to be my favourite song. It has a unique intro with some kind of keyboard accompanied by a piano, then further with a drum set. The lyrics are very repetitive in sound and quite boring, but not as boring as Modern Way. The lyrics are very good and the chorus is excellent singing 'Oh my god I can't believe it, I've never been this far away from home'. It has a very catchy tune and is great to listen to. It has very good background coverage too throughout the song with the added extra of voices shouting at points as well!

            Born To Be A Dancer is quite a good song and very catchy. The lyrics are good, accompanied and following the tune of a guitar with other instruments too. Saturday Night is a very up-beat song and isn't so much singing, but sounds like shouting. Probably my least favourite song but it does have a chorus that is too my liking. What Did I Ever Give You is a very different, slow-paced song, which I am not in favour of. It is quite boring and of extreme randomness. Time Honoured Tradition is also a unique song but has good lyrics with simple background coverage and some good rhymes. Caroline Yes is a very laid-back song, but I am loving it! It has a very good tune and is about a girl called Caroline. Last but not least, we have Team Mate. This song is very slow-paced, and too slow for my liking. It has very different accompanying sounds and instruments and is quite boring to listen to.

            Overall, it is a very good CD. I love the way that Kaiser Chiefs compose their music with the use of their voices in many different ways. Their music is definitely unique and you can spot it from a mile away! They have some very up-beat and good songs, which are my favourite. These songs tend to be towards the beginning of the CD, so I may play up to track 5 and then just start again. It's a good CD though, and I appreciate listening to all their music as I quite like the Kaiser Chiefs!

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              I don't recommend this album. Proof that this whole new wave thing has gone too far.

              Sometimes...it can be really, really easy to hate The Strokes. While I'm not someone who loathes the group's music, hell I actually quite like them, but they opened the door for this trend of young bands, which is, on it's own, quite a good thing. It's hard to see bands like The Libertines and Bloc Party getting signed so easily without The impact The Strokes had on modern rock. However, there is a double-edge to this sword, and naturally, like The Sex Pistols before them, it also paved the way for a disgraceful amount of really, really bad bands from all over the world being signed and putting out records. While none can really touch The Bravery in terms of sheer bad, The Kaiser Chiefs can firmly be filed next to such crap as The Others and The Paddingtons, or even as Britain's equivalent of The Killers.

              Now, how many bands can you name that have come out of Leeds? while this isn't a slight on the city, the simple fact is that until the Kaiser Chiefs crawled out from under a rock last year, I could not have told you one band from Leeds. To this day I cannot name a good one. The band play music not unlike that of the Killers, but try to Brit-iscise it, creating a sort of Killibertines. And it doesn't work. I mean, occasionally a little bit of Britiscism works, like their name, taken from the South African football side from which Leeds United signed Lucas Radebe, who also gets a thank you in the liner notes, but in general they just seem so forced and stupid, complete with dumb hats and bad haircuts.
              Now, while anything any member of Oasis has done since I left Primary School is really quite inconsequential, Liam Gallagher's hilarious downputting of the current slew of rock bands in the UK, made in response to a fair point from a member of Bloc Party, who labelled Oasis as has-beens, he did make one fair point, when he called the Kaiser Chiefs bad. Actually he labelled them "a bad Blur", yet I really wouldn't say that applies as much as some fans of the band do. Anyway, anything said in that statement can be made quite laughable when you take into account that he also had a dig at the Libertines, then asked one to tour with him, but it does display that Gallagher's brain isn't totally dead. The Kaiser Chiefs are bad. And the sooner the world forgets about them the better.

              You see, from the moment their debut album splurts to life with the fuzzy keyboards of Everyday I Love You Less And Less until it farts to death with Team Mate, Employment is an almost unrelentless assault on all that is good in music. From singer Ricky Wilson's utterly detestable chirping to Peanut's unimaginitive synth bleeps, this record is, to all extents and purposes, really quite bad.

              Everyday I Love You Less And Less starts the album, and it was a recent single. It comes to life with some fuzzy sounding keyboards, before the guitar, bass and drums enter, and it isn't long before Wilson blurts out the title line, which any sane human will quite easily grow to detest by the end of song. It's a complaint about a girlfriend maybe loving you too much, and to be perfectly honest, given the complete lack of any qualities whatsoever, I would have assumed Wilson would have been pleased to get the attention. This magnanamously crap song also serves to highlight a gaping flaw in this band's songwriting abilities, in that the structure of most of the songs is identical. It features mass repeating of one line, usually the title, and at one point during the song, close to the end, Wilson will do the build-up to the last blast of the chorus with lots of "oooooooooooh"s.

              So far, all 3 of the band's singles, Everyday I Love You Less And Less, I Predict A Riot and Oh My God have followed this format, although admittedly, the latter two do it a bit better.
              I Predict A Riot was the group's debut single, and it's probably about as good as one of their songs gets. A fairly menacing guitar riff, lyrics about Britain being a bit shit, and much predicting riots make up the core of the song, but it's disgustingly catchy in the chorus. With that said, it's a cheap way to get attention. Placing 'riot' in a song, especially the title, and having guitars instantly gets you labelled the new Clash, or at least comparisons drawn, yet rest assured White Riot this isn't.

              Oh My God is probably as close as the band gets to another complete highlight. It's the same structure, complete with "oooh"ing, as well as lyrics that resemble I Predict A Riot's theme a little too closesly, and to be honest the verses are rather boring, but even I can't deny the chorus, backed by the guitars coming in as heavy as they probably ever will on a Kaiser Chiefs song, is pretty cool.

              This is pretty ironic really, given that the only other songs that even come close to being decent are ruined by the fact they have a poor chorus. The Modern Way is a more downbeat and mid-tempo track, once again basically about modern life being rubbish, and I have to admit that during the verses, it actually seems to be building up to be a really good, rather ponderous and moody song. Then the lame chorus kicks in and leaves me with a feeling of being completely underwhelmed.

              Much the same thing happens with Caroline, Yes, which is building up to be a broody song about losing your love to someone similar, yet better than you. It's not a nice feeling, and the 'Chiefs actually manage to do very well with the song, up until the lacklustre chorus where it fails to live up to what the verses are building.

              This is a shame, especially seeing as the rest of the album is so bad. Na-na-na-na-naa is quite probably the closest thing to aural sodomy I've ever heard. With Wilson bleating out the title for a chorus, and the verses serving no positive purpose other than to give me a title for this review. Even my dad, who rarely comments on songs played on the radio, was forced to deem this song "complete shit" upon hearing it.

              And what's worse is that it's about the only standout track to comment on for being bad, the rest are just simply bland, generic songs that barely even worth mentioning. Team Mate tries it's best to sound serious and classy, but it just comes accross as forced and painful. Wilson's attempts at wit in Time Honoured Tradition, coupled with the repetitive music, make for an incredibly forgettable track, Saturday Night, the band's attempt to 'rock out' , much in fashion Supergrass did with Richard III, fails to look like anything more than a band being ordered by their record company to include an obligatory heavy number, and to be perfectly honest, You Can Have It All, What Did I Ever Give You? and Born To Be A Dancer don't even warrant comment.

              When all is said and done, I recognise that Employment isn't the worst record ever...it's not even close to be honest, at the same time, for a band who recieve comparisons and recognition in the same light as such better bands, this is an incredibly weak record, and it's easily one of the least listened to CD's in my collection from this whole 'New-New Wave'. I will say it's better than The Killers, but to be honest, The Kaiser Chiefs really aren't very good. I wouldn't recommend the album. It's repetitive gurning nonsense, if I want Britpop done right, I'll buy a Supergrass or Blur record, if I want one of these new wave of bands albums that's good...hey I've got my Libertines and Bloc Party albums.

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                03.02.2006 16:58
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                Bore off back to bed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                oooooh........... i predict a rant, a rant about this boring band, bland enough to put you off indie for life!!!

                The Kaiser chiefs debut record 'Employment' should not be aloud anywhere near the indie section in any self respecting record store, they stand for crude corporate buisness and not alot else. Come on people, cant you see through all the styling and relentless advertising to the plain truth that this Band have ONE song that theyve released 3 times in 3 dfferent chords with moderate lyric changes, Oh bore off!!!

                Ok, to be honest the original release of 'I predict a riot' is a wicked tune and when Kaiser cheifs first came on to the scene i was quite excited about them due to this single, but with a mixture of radio overkill, sickly sweet interveiws and chorus's preceded by a scale of ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh's, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh in every single song, things turned sour for me.

                Employment though, is an upbeat album and whenever i hear it i always imagine brainless northeners pogoing up and down in unison at the local disco, its infectuous stuff. One of the album tracks 'na na na na na' is as by numbers as most of the singles but i would actually say it is brilliantly simple and good for dancing round like a div too.

                The only track on the album that i dont find intensly annoying after 3 listens is recent single 'Modern Way' It is completely different from the rest of the singles in that it doesnt sound like its selling out by attracting a silly pop audience, its an inteligent tune reminicent of blur in their hayday, its powerful and melancholy mix making it the standout track of the album.

                I predict the kaisers along with other bands clinging on for the ride wont last longer than a few years, just like britpop this second phase will dissapear up its own bumhole once we all realise that behind the ridiculous media hype only one or two bands have proper staying power.

                Dont beleive the hype

                Dont jump on the band wagen

                Theres so much better and more original indie music out there if you can be arsed to look for it!!

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                  03.02.2006 12:28
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                  A good album for those not ready to emerse themselves properly in the indie scene

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                  Just bought this album today. Thought I'd write a quickie!

                  Iv been waiting for it for a loooooooooonnnnnnnnggggggggg time. Ever since I heard I Predict a Riot, I've been wanting to know and hear about this band. Two songs later, and the album is finally out.

                  I was panicing, after hearing the fist song, I thought the album must have been out. Why couldn't I find it? Was it rare? The man in HMV had never heard of them. No, it just wasnt available to buy.

                  Anyway, without giving too much away about each of the songs, it is definately worth buying.

                  I see big things for this band, much like when Franz Ferdinand quitely released their album, and look at them now! Iv already seen 'Oh my god' being played on all the pop channels, so once the mainstream kids get ahold of this fun, quirky music, you know its gonna be big.

                  Maybe in some ways, Id like to keep it a secret, you know, just like when The Darkness were Rock's little secret. They were cool then. Now, they've just become another pop band with guitars.

                  Anyway, i digress. Employment is a fun, interesting and original album. Drawing on bands such as Blur for likeness, and for me a hint of obscure American band They Might Be Giants.

                  Overall I'd give this album 8/10. Definately worth buying, and when you can get it for as low as £8.99 on Tesco, you'd be stupid not to. Get it now, before everybody else does!

                  Favourite songs:

                  Na na na na na: I dont think this one has been released (yet) but seems to follow in the footsteps of all the others released so far. It is also the theme tune to Channel 4s FAQ U (but dont let the dire show put you off the song). Its short, sweet, snappy and very fun. Easy to sing along to because the lyrics dont change much

                  I Predict a Riot: The song that introduced me to them last year, and still my favourite. GOod lyrics, and just a little bit funny.

                  The only downside to this album is the fact that it does get a bit repetitive. They are maybe too quirky for their own good, and there is only so much electric keyboards, and guitar and shouting you can take. I dont think there is a song on the album that doesnt have an "OOOOOoohhh! OOOOOOOhhhh! OOOOOOOOHHHHH!" bit in it. Hard to explain, but if you've heard a song by them, you'll know what im talking about!

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                    A reasonable debut that gives them a platform to improve on

                    With 2006 now upon us it seems that there is almost an air of expectancy surrounding the music industry. The last 3 or 4 years have produced so many decent bands and it’s now a case of waiting to see what this year will throw up. There is also the wait to see whether we hear anymore from the stars of 2005. The main questions for me relate to this band, The Kaiser Chiefs, and whether they are going to come up with a follow up to this debut album Employment or if thy will just vanish without a trace. The later fate has befallen on a lot of bands in the past, but for now they are living in the glory of this, their debut album.

                    The band hail from Leeds and have taken their name from a South African football team that one of Leeds players used to play for. It’s quite a memorable name and the band obviously wanted something memorable, but unique when they were deciding on a name. The band formed in 2003 and having taken influences from Blur and Supergrass, seemed to fit perfectly into the new Brit Pop revival that seems to be under way. Three of the band had been playing together for a number of years in various different bands but it was the introduction of lead singer Ricky that really set the ball rolling. If the comparisons to early to mid nineties Blur aren’t enough, one time Blur producer Stephen Street was so impressed by some of the bands material he offered to produce this debut effort for them.

                    For me they have been a bit hit and miss since they broke onto the scene in the early part of last year. I seem to be going through phases of really liking the album, then suddenly deciding that actually its more annoying than appealing, before changing my view altogether once again. With that in mind the album strikes me very much as one to suit certainly moods and attitudes. If your looking for something that will get people moving then this is certainly the album. If however you just fancy sitting down to listen to a CD I think the Kaiser’s are a little too much.

                    That’s not to take away from the considerable talent that the band appear to have. In lead singer Ricky they have a very distinctive frontman. He’s not someone whose vocals could be easily forgotten and my best attempt at a comparison again falls to Blur frontman Damon Albarn during the Parklife days of the early nineties. He also seems to have a very Devine Comedy style of writing that becomes very apparent in tracks such as “I Predict A Riot” and “Born To Be A Dancer”. I also found that his vocals were very much suited to certain situations and that was part of my constant indecision when it came to the band.

                    In support of Ricky are 4 quite capable musicians. There is nothing about the Kaiser’s musical ability that really stands out but the quirky nature of each track asks questions of the listener and makes there seem to be more musical genius than there perhaps is. Each track boasts a very consistent and solid drum beat that is accentuated with the aid of the bass and guitars. The addition of the keyboards seem to really compliment Ricky’s vocals and each element blends together to create a very energetic Brit pop sound.

                    There is considerable talent in the song writing and I think that’s part of the reason why most people cant resist tracks like “I Predict A Riot” and “Oh My God”. They have a really bubbly nature and in truth are fantastic pop tracks that see the Kaisers bridge the gap between new wave Indie and the more successful chart music. True to my last statement is perhaps my choice for favourite track on the album, “I Predict A Riot”. It’s the track that drew me to the Chiefs in the first place and with a very catchy chorus and some cleverly constructed bridges you can’t help but like it. The fast pace really defines what the band are all about.

                    While there are a number of plus points there are still times when I find this album hard going and occasionally struggle to listen to the whole thing. I think this detracts from the bands overall appeal and will be a defining factor in the debate about staying power. I can’t help feeling that if they don’t adapt their style then it may prove to be a one hit wonder. Yes there are a number of catchy, upbeat tracks on the album there are a couple of slower numbers that don’t seem to have the same sort of feel to them.

                    This results in a very disjointed feel to the running order of the album and is perhaps the reason why at times it can feel like hard going. The likes of “You can Have It All” and “What Did I Ever Give You” seem to have been intended to break up the faster tracks and provide some respite. Instead they lower the pace just a step too much and rather than linking the album it feels a lot harder to enjoy and often these tracks are skipped.

                    Overall in the right situation this is a very good album. For instance a couple of nights ago whilst out one of the tracks came on and got just about everyone in the club jumping about. They are memorable tracks but from the rest of the album you can’t help wondering if they wrote 6 singles and the rest of the album is filler. I do want to recommend the Kaiser’s but I think they are very much an acquired taste. If early 90’s Blur are your thing then at least half this album will be right up your street. If however the band are to carry on and become a huge name in British music I think their next album will have to be made up of more consistent tracks and less filler.

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                      17.11.2005 04:46
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                      good lyrics, variety, harmony

                      I have greatly enjoyed this album, and still listen to it from time to time many month after having bought it. At first, some of the songs were quite annoying, and it seemed rather childish and lacking accomplishment. But after a while the whole thing began to grow on me. Songs such a I predict a Riot, and Oh my God are certainly a few of the highlights. I love the similarities to the harmonious melodies of the Moody Blues. I wonder if the similarity is apprehended by the band. A lot of variety makes the album interesting, but not too much variety to make it seem disjointed.
                      Some of the lyrics are very amusing indeed, a sense of humour pervades the album, a certain down to earth charm is a delightful characteristic of it. Dont be suprised to find yourself laughing out loud as you devle in to this promising album.

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                        Not a very inspiring album, all abit boring and repetitive.

                        I've heard lots of hype about the Kaiser chiefs lately so I thought I'd borrow their Employment album and give it a whirl on my CD player.This review is a result of my ears having to put up with such boring C**p.

                        Track 1: Everyday I love you Less and Less

                        Man I can see totally where you're coming from. The first few bars here had me thinking Madness/The Specials, but as it continued I began to like it less and less. It was an Ok track and the rest were bound to be an improvement.

                        Track 2: I Predict a Riot

                        This track was a slight improvement on the first and was kinda catchy, but not in a write home kind of way. I found it all a bit predictable and boring.


                        Track 3: Modern Way

                        A bit more atmosphere here, slow and a bit spooky. I was almost starting to hum at one point. Unfortunately it was another track that failed to impress.

                        Track 4: Na Na Na Na Naa

                        Slight overtones of The Darkness here with another boring riff. A lot more likeable than the first 3 tracks, but my writing paper to write home is still in the drawer.

                        Track 5: You can have it all

                        Now I thought we were getting somewhere here. A kind of Beatle sound to it and I found myself humming along, so it must have been OK

                        Track 6: Oh My God

                        This track was a bit heavier and far more to my liking. Not bad at all. I am however starting to believe I'm either hard to impress or getting to old for this kind of stuff.

                        Track 7: Born to be a dancer

                        Another track which almost impressed my ear at the beginning. The more I hear it the more I like it. Humming along again toe tapping, yeah this one is OK. Bout time.

                        Track 8: Saturday Night

                        Only got a few bars into this, boring predictable, change track

                        Track 9: What did I ever give you

                        Nursery Rhyme start which got eerier as it progressed. I was left a bit unsure on this one

                        Track 10: Time Honoured Tradition

                        The first ear-ful of this had be believing The Chiefs were taking the P**s, by the time I'd heard it all I was convinced they were.

                        Track 11: Caroline, Yes

                        Caroline NO, yet another same sounding boring repetitive sound. I didn't even get to the end of this track.

                        Track 12; Team Mate

                        Boy...........I need a tape recorder, pretty much more of the same here, with a few david bowie elements just to hold my interest for a second



                        Conclusion

                        I'm either getting to old or have too high standards. I found this album to be very boring and repetitive as this review must be getting to you the reader. There was nothing new and I just fail to see what all the excitement is about. It was not by any means a bad album, just the usual stuff you can hear anywhere, anytime.So for me in was more a case of No Chiefs but plenty Indians.

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                          04.11.2005 23:50
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                          A good cd with some weaker songs

                          I bought this with the voucher I earnt from dooyoo and thought it was about time I reviewed this. Honestly, I kinda jumped on the bandwagon with this CD. It seemed like everyone was talking about so I decided to buy to see what all the fuss was about and I'm so glad I did.

                          History of the Kaiser Chiefs
                          They are a band from Leeds who formed in the early months of 2003 but this wasn't the start of their music love. Before they formed the Kaiser Chiefs, the members used to be in a garage rock band called Parva but when their label dropped them, they decided to become a more post pop/punk/rock band with an indie slant. They became popular in early 2005. They released their debut album, Employment on the 7th of March 2005. So they are quite a new band but given a chance I think they could be big. I mean this is only their debut album, imagine that they could with some experience.

                          Band Members
                          Ricky Wilson - vocals
                          Andrew White - guitar
                          Simon Rix - bass guitar
                          Nick 'Peanut' Baines - keyboards
                          Nick Hodgson - drums

                          Onto the CD
                          The front looks a bit plain to me. Like a worn box with a label on it saying Kaiser Chiefs Employment.
                          On the back, there's the usual list of tracks and it's nice and easy to read unlike some bands lists are.
                          The thing that I love about the booklet that comes with it is that is brilliantly designed. It's got all the lyrics but it's framed by a board game and at the back, it has pictures of the band in playing cards, which are placed in a middle of a board game. Just think it looks great and it's fantastic idea.
                          The CD looks like the wheel from Life. It goes from 1 - 10 in fancy colours.

                          The songs

                          Everyday I Love You Less and Less is the first song on the album and it's a good choice to start of this brill album. This song makes me feel happy. The song has an electric sound to it, especially the first few seconds of the intro. The guitar is quite soft and lyrics are so catchy I can't fault this song at all.

                          'Oh My God' is my second favourite on the album. It was the debut single in 2004 and then they re-released it in the February 21st. It sounds like it got wrote it with influence 'Madness'. Intro is very distinct; I recognise it the song immediately when it's played. Just drums and piano then just guitar just kicks in. It's lovely. The rest of the song is very catchy especially the chorus. I always chant out to this.

                          'I Predict A Riot' sums up Kaiser Chiefs in one song. It's catchy, punchy and just all around a great tune. It's also a fab sing-a-long song. This was their second release and it's the song that got them finally noticed by the general public.

                          'Modern Way' is quite a slow song but with a good beat to it. The lyrics aren't astounding, just basic and simple but it works lovely with the tune. It's not as catchy as their previous release from this album but I can understand why they chose it as it shows they have a different side to them less commercial but brilliant!

                          Another song that shows them in a different light is 'You Can Have It All'. It's subtle, sweet and more calm down that some of the songs on this album. It's quite catchy and has a nice melody to it. Just a gentle song in itself and lovely lyrics.

                          'Saturday Night' is a good rocky/punky tune although it has a hint of popness to it when it comes to the lyrics. I love the guitar solo in the middle of the song.

                          'Team mate' has to be the worst song on the album. It's boring and plain. It's not a song you would have expected from Kaiser Chiefs. Yet here they are singing it quietly and the music drowns it anyway. It's the last song on the album and it's a bum note to finish on. It's like they didn't have enough so they just bunged this song on it.

                          Another song that lets the album down is 'Born to be a Dancer'. The intro starts off well with the piano and the guitar but then it just turns into a song that I've heard a hundred times. I'm not saying it's a bad song but it sounds like a cross between Madness and the Killers.

                          Na Na Na Na Naa is just a song that annoys and wakes you up! Just the few na na na's make me dislike this song and that's a shame because it's got a brilliant bit of guitar in it and piano. Got skip this track after about 1 minute. 'Time Honoured Tradition's intro annoys me quite a lot and again that's a shame as it's good some great guitar riffs in it.

                          Overall, this is a good debut album with a few weaker songs. You can tell it's been influenced by a lot of other bands, as it sounds so old yet, it's new. Some of the songs are brilliant and some of them, you can tell that they were testing the waters and experimenting. It's definitely an album to have in your CD collect. You can buy it on amazon for £8.99 new or £5.39 used. There's also a limited edition of this album. That's got a bonus live CD but I don't think it's worth it for £17.42 used they are asking or maybe it is but it's not for me.

                          Good news for all the fans of Kaiser Chiefs is that they are doing the final touring for Employment in April 2006 and that the tickets on a sale tomorrow. Check out their website for more details about the tour, their music and the band.

                          Track Listings
                          1. Everyday I Love You Less And Less
                          2. I Predict A Riot
                          3. Modern Way
                          4. Na Na Na Na Naa
                          5. You Can Have It All
                          6. Oh My God
                          7. Born To Be A Dancer
                          8. Saturday Night
                          9. What Did I Ever Give You?
                          10. Time Honoured Tradition
                          11. Caroline, Yes!
                          12. Team Mate

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                            30.08.2005 22:21
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                            "oh my god i can't believe it...." its never been this good before!!

                            First and foremost we need to get something off our chests....the Kaiser Chiefs are NOT britpop! I don't think you can compare the sound of Kaiser Chiefs to the likes of the mid 90's sound of Blur!
                            Anyway...on with the album!
                            "Employment" is one of the best albums you will hear...and one you can certainly jump up n down to whilst headbanging (something we have done MANY times hehe!!)
                            The best tracks on this album HAVE to be "I Predict A Riot" (I predict a riot....I PREDICT A RIOT! WOOOH!), "Modern Way", "Na na na na" and "Everyday I Love you less and less".
                            And although you cant forget "Oh My God", it seems to pale in comparison to some of the more livelier tracks on "Employment".

                            Go out and BUY THIS ALBUM NOW!!!!! And for the last time its NOT britpop (na na na na)...

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                            Disc #1 Tracklisting
                            1 Everyday I Love You Less and Less
                            2 I Predict A Riot
                            3 Modern Way
                            4 Na Na Na Na Naa
                            5 You Can Have It All
                            6 Oh My God
                            7 Born To Be A Dancer
                            8 Saturday Night
                            9 What Did I Ever Give You
                            10 Time Honoured Tradition
                            11 Caroline, Yes
                            12 Team Mate

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