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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001TYQC3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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KAISER CHIEFS Off With Their Heads (2008 UK Deluxe Limited Edition 15-track 2-CD set - Produced by Mark Ronson & Eliot James Off With Their Heads could / should be described as being the first proper Kaiser Chiefs album with a solid baseonwhich is constructed a series of tracks which come together as an altogether less frenetic and more cohesive piece of work than previous outings and is almost certainly the better for it. Including the single Never Miss A Beat [complete withbacking vocals from Lily Allen & New Young Pony Club] plus Half The Truth which more than nods to the likes of XTC and comes with a contribution from UK grime artist Sway before Lily contributes backing vocals to Always Happens Like That. Complete with a Bonus CD featuring 4 live album tracks recorded at Elland Road Leeds. Presented in an A5 hard-back book-style picture sleeve complete with a 32-page book with photographs by Peanut)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 28 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
The third album in any band's career is usually an important milestone, sort of a pointer to the future, having taken stock of the past. Not so here. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS is simply the KAISER CHIEFS treading water with no significant evidence of musical progression. Why should that matter? I'm not exactly sure...probably because I've yet to become indifferent towards the band, although I hope that never happens.

However, the production is clean and uncluttered and sounds good played loud. And it's a largely enjoyable, upbeat listen too. Standout tracks include NEVER MISS A BEAT, LIKE IT TOO MUCH, CAN'T SAY WHAT I MEAN and 'The Odd Couple' theme-reminiscent TOMATO IN THE RAIN. Standing out for all the wrong reasons, GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS sounds like The Skids on an even worse day and should really have been left off the album. Perhaps there was a shortage of alternatives.

The sing-along choruses remain intact (always thinking about the live gigs) but one nice touch which won't be reproduced too easily on stage is the ELO-ish string section on LIKE IT TOO MUCH. It works and it's the only real indication of something different going on. The fact that it's a firmly retro touch doesn't surprise but one thought which occurs, and which I haven't been able to shake, is that this album would not have seemed out of place in 1980; 12" vinyl in a small independent record shop, in the section marked 'New Wave'.

Ricky Wilson, Nick Hodgson, Simon Rix, Nick Baines and Andrew White have other ideas in mind, however: they all want to be The Beatles - and Wilson even said in an interview that they were looking to make their own 'Abbey Road' - well, not here and not now, Ricky, not with this much reliance on the auto-pilot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Davies on 2 Nov. 2008
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I loved Employment, found Yours Truly, Angry Mob a bit boring and I feel this album is a decline from that. One or two tracks stand out as OK (Never miss a beat and Half the truth) but the rest sort of blend into a mish-mash of disappointment on my point. It's just such a shame because I think Kaiser Chiefs have so much potential to be so much better. Early efforts such as I Predict a Riot and Every Day I love you less and less were completely brilliant.
Don't get me wrong, it's not awful, any hardcore fans will probably still enjoy it, but it's not for someone looking for a nice bit of catchy indie rock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2008
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'Off With Their Heads', The Kaiser Chiefs' third album, hasn't been as well received as their first two albums by the general public and it seems as if people are getting bored with the charismatic Ricky Wilson and his band. I can't really see why because this album sticks to the tried and tested formula of the first couple of releases and if you really liked 'Employment' and 'Yours Truly Angry Mob' then it is highly likely that you will enjoy their latest album as well. There are a handful of really great tracks here, including the bleak state-of-the-nation anthem 'Never Miss A Beat' which features a humorous question and answer section ("What do you want for tea? I want crisps!") and a tasty New Wave organ sound. In fact, much of this album reminds me heavily of late 70's/early 80's British music in the same vein as XTC - dark, but melodic, spiky and rough-around-the-edges but with a real pop sensibility (The excellent 'Like It Too Much' could almost be an XTC track, as could 'Always Happens Like That').

Other picks include the shouty, almost annoyingly catchy 'You Want History' which has an irresistible hook - one of those tracks you almost don't want to like but you have no choice. Another highlight is 'Good Days Bad Days' which sounds too much like The Clash for it to be mere coincidence, but it also happens to be a great, likeable song so it also doesn't offend in any way. 'Tomato In The Rain' is an atypically restrained, melodic Britpop near-classic and breaks the collection up nicely. Overall, 'Off With Their Heads' contains plenty of very good new, high energy tunes coupled with smart, cynical lyrics and will most likely keep the dedicated Kaiser Chiefs fans happy but also has enough to offer the casual fan to make this a worthwhile and enjoyable buy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 21 Oct. 2008
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So here we are nearing the end of another decade, and just like we were all fatigued with dance music by the very end of the 90s, we are now all starting to get indie fatigued out. And with a lot of modern guitar bands, they do outstay their welcome, with a law of diminishing returns as the albums go by. So I wasn't expecting a great third album from the Kaiser Chiefs, but you know what, it's not half bad.

Their debut 'Employment' had the killer hit singles but it was a bit patchy. 'Yours Truly Angry Mob' was more consistent but lacked the killer hit singles - although they were still quite good and were highly successful. 'Off With Their Heads' is closer in spirit to 'Employment' but this time it has more of a New Wave sound to it - as opposed to a Britpop one with XTC, The Stranglers and The Clash (it's those Joe Strummer style vocals on 'Good Days Bad Days') springing to mind. This album has the best of both worlds, it's got the punchy power pop energy of the first one and the polish and consistency of the second (with perhaps the only exception being 'Addicted To Drugs' which is, let's face it - pants!). Plus it doesn't outstay it's welcome being about only 35/36 mins long. This has great tunes on it like: 'Never Miss A Beat', 'Like It Too Much' (has wonderful late Beatles era string arrangements to it), 'Good Days Bad Days', 'Tomato In The Rain' and 'Always Happens Like That' etc. So I don't think it's time to be "off with their heads" just yet. Also, they seem really up for it on this. Treat yourself, you may be surprised at how good it is.
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