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Songs okay, production shocking
on 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.