When Kaiser Chiefs released their debut, Employment, back in ’05, they quickly struck a hit single (“I Predict A Riot”) and soon became one of the most recognized bands in the world. But looking back at their debut, the album wasn’t really brilliant. The best songs all became singles and those were the only great songs in the album.
Soon followed Yours Truly, Angry Mob, which had just barely enough good songs to not be considered a sophomore slump and Kaiser Chiefs were really needing a reboot.
Fortunately, with the help of producer Mark Ronson, Kaiser Chiefs made a fantastic album and the needed reboot and soon Off With Their Heads became known as their best album yet. Songs like “Never Miss A Beat” and “You Want History” are catchy, have clever lyrics and a smug attitude that elevate Chiefs to the top of the indie-pop bands from this decade and “Half The Truth” and “Can’t Say What I Mean” please fans with the terribly catchy hooks that get stuck in your head for days and refuse to let go.
Still, what made this album better than their previous efforts were really the ballads. Always ironic, never truly sentimental, “Tomato In The Rain” and “Remember You’re A Girl” are mind-blowing songs that attack politics and tackle other subjects with such catchiness and cleverness that you’ll just be amazed by this band.
There is so much to say about each song in Off With Their Heads. Each one is brilliant in its own way and while some of them reveal that Ricky Wilson does have limited vocals, there is just no way you won’t enjoy this. It’s fantastic.
Listen to: Tomato In The Rain, Good Days Bad Days, Never Miss A Beat.