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Education, Education, Education & War
Education, Education, Education & War
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Songs okay, production shocking, 1 April 2014
I think we all know that the Kaiser Chiefs are VERY unlikely to ever top their first release, "Employment". However, there are some good songs on here, not up there with the majority of "Employment" but some maybe up with there with their 2nd album.

They need to get a new producer though - this is has a ridiculous amount of compression on the whole album, resulting in it lacking in any dynamics, light and shade and a lot of things sounding very distorted. It sounds likes the producer was in a rush and just compressed everything "to 11" without even listening to it, which totally distracts from some of the songs actually being quite good, and ruins the listening experience.

I wish people would wise up to the so called "Trend" of making things louder and louder every year - just for the benefit of people with an iPod and £3 set of headphones. It's crazy that recording technology has improved so much over the last 20 years and what can be achieved is amazing, yet it all gets ruining in the production, taking things back to the dark ages. Have a listen to "Employment", which Is definitely a lot better produced, and see if you can notice the difference.
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Uno
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely first class, 17 Jan 2013
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I heard this CD twice on Spotify, and that was enough to make the decision to buy it. After it arrived, I have listened to it several times every day, and never tire of it.

The riffs are catchy, the production is top drawer - stunning in fact - and the musicianship is inspirational, exciting, exemplary and extremely tight. There's a good variety of styles and the energy of the music is well captured. Some of these songs - track 4 for example - are enough to let you know that this would also be an amazing band to see live.. (if they ever visit the UK that is!). A superb CD, I would say in the top 5% of world music CDs of all time.

Here's hoping for a sequel. Amazing stuff guys, up there with the world's greatest - such as Jesse Cook and Strunz and Farah.


Reality Killed the Video Star
Reality Killed the Video Star
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than Rudebox but not great, 8 Nov 2009
I listened to this live on Spotify on Friday, and was kinda hoping [although slightly doubtfully] that it might be a return to form. The first couple of tracks are promising, but overall there's more emphasis on 'productiton' than there is on good songs.

The truth is, as the last few albums have proved, is that Robbie is very good at what he does - I think some of his CDs are cracking, especially Escapology and I've been expecting you - but since parting with Guy Chambers as a FULL time collaborator/songwriter, quality control as gone downhill in terms of good of songs, and on his own, he's just not a 'natural' writer of great pop songs, in the way that, say Gary Barlow is (oh the irony!).

There are some songs you hear that were just "Meant" to be written because they are great pop songs. Feel, Angels, She's the One, (likewise with TT Patience, Rule the World, Back for Good etc.) - but on here it feels like there are just lots of "let's try and turn these ideas into some sort of song" type tracks.


Rio De Colores
Rio De Colores
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The untouchable gods of world guitar music do it again, 1 Oct 2006
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I now own 10 Strunz and Farah CDs, and these guys never fail to deliver the goods. Each album has something about it that's a bit different to things they have done before, and "Rio de Colores" is no exeption to this rule. The dynamic duo, despite being in a class of their own, are also free of egos, and do not shy away from letting other musicians having a bit of limelight - as can be heard in the track "Andina". This is quite unique piece, taking Andean pan-flute type music as it's theme, but with this track, they've actually written a piece of music that is far superiour than probably any other piece of pan-flute type music that's ever been recorded, yet most people have probably never heard it!

Likewise they hand the spotlight over to the phenomenal Charlie Bisharat on the track "Arabesca", allowing the violin virtuoso's compositional skills to play a part, as well as his playing. The rest of the CD is full of great Strunz and Farah compositions and guitar playing, including the very laid back "Caprichio Nocturno", the delightfully fiery and evocative "Vela al Viento" and the tastefully exotic "Bandari".

Now guys, this album was 2003, Zona Torrida was 2004, and it'll be 2007 soon, so get in that studio ;-)


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