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The Future Is Medieval [CD]

Kaiser Chiefs Audio CD
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KAISER CHIEFS release their brand new album "EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION & WAR" Out Now!

"Stadium sized Anthems" GQ
“After a decade as pops court jesters, Kaiser Chiefs have found their true voice” Q 4****
“right on cue for festival season” OK Magazine 4****

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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B0054DFIIM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Shocks
2. Things Change
3. Long Way From Celebrating
4. Starts With Nothing
5. Out Of Focus
6. Dead Or In Serious Trouble
7. When All Is Quiet
8. Kinda Girl You Are
9. Man On Mars
10. Child Of The Jago
11. Heard It Break
12. Coming Up For Air
13. If You Will Have Me

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Fourth studio album by the British rock group. Promotion for the album was unusual because the band gave fans the chance to create their own ten-track version of the album from a selection of 20 songs, as well as being able to customise their own artwork.

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Lo scorso 30 maggio Ricky Wilson, 33 anni, il cantante deiKaiser Chiefs, intervistato su Radio1 della BBC ha presentato "Little shocks", nuova canzone del suo gruppo che era discograficamente inattivo dall'ottobre 2008. Il DJ Zane Lowe, detto Zipper, ha diffuso il pezzo che in contemporanea è andato in streaming sul sito della band di Leeds. Lo scorso 3 giugno, con pochissime anticipazioni su quello che sarebbe stato l'album in arrivo, ecco il download del disco disponibile direttamente sul sito ufficiale della formazione fondata nel 1997 e poi attiva con l'attuale nome dal 2003.Si scarica l'album e buonanotte? Per niente. I Chiefs hanno infatti avuto una pensata originale. Perché sciroppare i soliti dieci-dodici pezzi e poi a risentirci per un nuovo lavoro dopo due o tre anni? Perché non proporne, invece, molti di più e lasciare che siano gli interessati a sceglierne dieci ad un prezzo fisso e accessibile? Detto, fatto. Ecco così "The future is medieval": i brani tra i quali poter scegliere sono venti, e sul sito si possono ascoltare tutti per circa 1 minuto ognuno. Ciascuno quindi si crea il proprio album-compilation pagandone dieci a 7.50 sterline, circa 8.62 euro. Botta di genio? Scaltro marketing tool? Una trovata come un'altra, buona in ogni caso per far parlare maggiormente del disco? Forse tutte queste ipotesi insieme.Con la pubblicazione della versione "fisica" dell'album fissata per il prossimo 1° luglio, ecco una traccia per potersi fare un'idea complessiva di quanto viene offerto. "Back in December": un po' stoner, un po' psichedelica e finale corale, è una canzone che si abbevera dagli umori Sixties. "Can't mind my own business": influenze synth-pop che si stemperano in un Britpop forte e attualizzato. "Child of the Jago": un brano sospeso, insoluto, che sembr

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't blame the product 27 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Oh boo hoo, Kaiser Chiefs may have thus far made you fork out £20+ with all releases around The Future Is Medieval. At the end of the day, this review is about the music, the package etc. NOT writing a vendetta against the band and management. Sure, you might be annoyed, but share it somewhere else. This is about the physical release.

My only warning on that front is that, if you have downloaded 10 or 20 songs from their website, it might be wise to tell you that there is only one new track here not seen on that selection. Or anything up to 9 new ones, had you not done the 'make your own album' dealio. That track, Kinda Girl You Are, is one of the best tracks on this excellent selection.

Elsewhere, it's a great collection of songs; Little Shocks is the obvious single off the album, and Long Way From Celebrating is the next obvious choice. Out Of Focus displays a, well, more focused and psycadelic side to the Kaisers, as does many of the drum fills in the selections; Starts With Nothing has a outro that The Beatles or The Who would be proud of (Cousin In The Bronx, not featured on the physical release, cuts a similar tune). Other highlights include Dead Or In Serious Trouble, which would've probably been better suited as the album closer, the 80's pop of Heard It Break, and the wildly ambitious Man On Mars.

It's very hard to listen to if you had already created 10 songs and got used to your own tracklisting (as I have) and I do feel that I prefer my own version, but this is what you make of it. It seems a crime that Problem Solved isn't on here, as with I Dare You, but that's up to them. Is it an album? Now it is, but I feel you still need to judge it not on on this release, but on your own selections too. This release is probably equal to their best work, and probably the most adventurous they've gone yet.

And it's NOT Off With Their Heads. Hoorah!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmm... 21 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
The retail version has some great tracks on, for sure. But in my opinion they have decided to leave some of the strongest tracks off the retail version of the album (problem solved, saying something, my place is here, back in december and can't mind my own business). A shame, if they replaced some of the weaker, very dodgy '80's' sounding tracks (heard it break, out of focus et al) with these more instant - catchier tracks, it could have been killer.

Make your own album. Ignore this retail version.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At last 29 Aug 2011
By Sarah
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have loved the Kaiser Chiefs from the very first time I heard them, long before they became public property, & they have been away for far too long! This is a good come-back album, unmistakably Kaiser Chiefs, & it's good to see that they haven't moved away from their style. Welcome back boys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grower 20 Sep 2011
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A more accomplished CD than their last one. Lots of different sounds but still typical of the Kaiser Chiefs, especially tracks like Kinda Girl You Are. Wasn't sure on first listening but love it now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The future is average 27 Aug 2011
Format:MP3 Download
One word would have sufficed: "meh". The album has flashes of inspiration but overall is very MOR. One for fans only...Sorry Kaiser Chiefs!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Medieval 29 July 2011
By Denny
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The Kaiser Chiefs are on form with this album - I particularly liked 'Child of the Jago'. Good buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL A LOT TO LIKE ABOUT THE KAISER CHIEFS 4 July 2011
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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After all the fuss of make your own Kaiser Chiefs album in which you picked 10 songs from 20 and you had your very own album, now comes the real release, which has sensibly been whittled down to 13 tracks, the best 13? Well not everyone is gonna agree on that. The one thing that can be said is that the Kaiser Chiefs are still as catchy as ever and still know how to laden a song with a few hooks.

Beginning with lead single "Little Shocks" which has a great funky groove beat running through it and even surprises us with a guitar solo near the end, it's the kinda song The kaiser Chiefs do so well. Second song "Things Change" even sounds a bit like David Bowies "Fame" with some infectious beats. One of the stand out tracks is "Coming Up For air" which has a great chorus and recalls memories of "You can Have It All" from debut album "Employment". The track "Long Way From Celebrating" has a great bass line running through it as it changes from mid tempo to fast and back to mid again.

"Starts With Nothing" has a nice piano sound and a bit of rhythm that carries the song to a big middle section. "Out of Focus" has an electronic feel to it and has some big sounding beats. "Child of the Jago" has the feel of a lazy summers day about it. "Heard it Break" sounds like it's straight out of the 1980's with it's electronic synthesizer sound, it even has elements of Kraftwerk or The Human league about it! Album closer "If You Will Have Me" which is sung by Drummer and chief songwriter Nick Hodgson finishes the album on a quiet note as he sings quietly over an acoustic guitar.

With "The Future Is Medieval" the Kaiser Chiefs have shown they still know how to deliver a catchy tune and have some fun and while some people might not be happy that one of the other songs that they liked or picked wasn't included on the final album they can't complain too much as the 13 songs that did certainly catch the spirit of what the Kaiser Chiefs are all about.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 28 Jun 2011
By Kayteeh
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Have always loved this band, and 'Employment' was the first proper album i bought. I have felt that bands like the Arctic Monkeys have lost their touch.. But the Kaiser Chiefs once again prove that they still have the talent to carry on. At Glastonbury, they had the crowd all excited and did not disappoint! This album does not either..!

Unlike the review at 1 star, i dont care about how much i have to spend, i have this CD, itunes copy, and the one off their website... Their music is worth it to drown out the crap thats in the charts right now!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Future is medieval
Kaiser chiefs 4 th album is a rare out as at first listen it's different to each one before it but other than its a great album and great listen and is drummer nick hodgson lady... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Peter Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaiser Chiefs 1 Opponents 0
I really like the Kaiser Chiefs - they just have that cutting edge to their music, a little twist that makes their music a bit unexpected and raw.

Published 13 months ago by confusedpunter
1.0 out of 5 stars If only I could give it 0
I was seriously confused when I came onto Amazon and saw that this CD had a 4 star review. Some of the reviewers must be either the band or associated with them in some way as this... Read more
Published 22 months ago by BBW
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future is Medieval
Had to listen to this album by the kaiser chieks as it is different to their other albums, Groups need to move forward however and I now think the album is well worth it.
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the die hard fans
I've listened to all of the Kaiser Chiefs albums and I have to say that this is by far their weakest output. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by Craig Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars I just cant believe how different this album is and not in a good way!
I was disappointed with this album to be honest. I have heard it once and it sounds a lot more leoow then previous albums. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2011 by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?
Perhaps not the album of 2011 however this is up there.

It isn't that often that i buy an album and find it stuck on repeat like I did with this fine LP. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by David Bentley Newman
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep listening
If you want more of the first albums then you'll be disappointed but if you're willing to keep listening then I'm sure you will grow to enjoy this album. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by K. Gilchrist
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