Kaiser Chiefs – Employment

ARTIST: Kaiser Chiefs 220px-Employment_kaiser_chiefs

TITLE: Employment

YEAR RELEASED: 2005

CHART ACTION: #86 US, #2 UK

SINGLES: Oh My God (#6 UK), I Predict a Riot (#34 Alternative, #9 UK), Everyday I Love You Less and Less (#10 UK), Modern Way (#11 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Na Na Na Na Naa

LINEUP: Ricky Wilson, Andrew Wihite, Simon Rix, Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Catchy indie rock with dance elements fits in with the times.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sometimes brilliant, sometimes bland, the Kaiser Chiefs first album was inconsistent. The high points (“I Predict a Riot” and the essence of this record “Na Na Na Na Naa” were among the best tracks of the mid-2000’s.

At their best, their energy, their bite, and their knack for hooks made them one of the best of the bunch of the indie dance-rock brigade that took place on both sides of the Atlantic. Yet, there were some tracks that just didn’t have the energy and kick, nor originality, of them at their best.

While this album isn’t stem-to-stern good, the better songs will have you moving in no time.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The first line is “Watching the people get lairy”, which means their getting drunk and loud and may be cruising for a fight.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, in Japan and live cuts

 

GRADE B+: Good-to-great debut for, at the time, one of the better hopes for rock in the mid-2000’s

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