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A bit Blur-lite
on 22 August 2007
Watching the TV coverage of the Glastonbury Festival in 2005, Kaiser Chiefs seemed to be on all the time. I'm not sure how you get your band to be featured but whatever was done, it certainly worked as Employment ended the year as one of the biggest selling albums. But is it any good?
Yes it is good though, to my ears, an inferior more poppy version of Blur circa Park Life without there being a musician as capable of adding something memorable or distinctive to the more average songs as Graham Coxon frequently did for the Essex four-piece. Indeed, you can imagine Blur writing and performing most of the songs on Employment which, not surprisingly, shares in Stephen Street the same producer as Park Life.
Having said this, there are some very good songs on Employment such as the exciting opener Everyday I Love You Less And Less and I Predict A Riot with its clever, caustic description of the sort of activities which go on in most town centres every Saturday night. Other highlights include Na Na Na Na Naa with its wiggy guitar solo and the pleasing melody and sentiment behind You Can Have It All. The equivalent song to Badhead perhaps...
Employment covers a number of styles though, once again, these are similar forms to those covered by a certain other band. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh as it is a good album, albeit an over-rated one, though hopefully subsequent Kaiser Chief releases will have influences deriving from more than one act.