Employment

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Not all up-and-coming U.K. bands are jumping on the dance-punk bandwagon. Hailing from Leeds, the Kaiser Chiefs are the latest in a long tradition of bands -- others include the Kinks, Madness, and Blur -- whose very Britishness is among their strongest, most endearing qualities. Their debut, Employment, is a perfect record to put on when getting ready for a big night out, full of bouncy rhythms, anthemic choruses, and melodic hooks the size of Big Ben. And with their fondness for "ahhs," "la las," and "wah-oohs" (there's even a song called "Na Na Na Na Naa"), you don't even have to know the words to sing along in the shower. U.K. hits "I Predict a Riot" and "Oh My God" ...
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Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Not all up-and-coming U.K. bands are jumping on the dance-punk bandwagon. Hailing from Leeds, the Kaiser Chiefs are the latest in a long tradition of bands -- others include the Kinks, Madness, and Blur -- whose very Britishness is among their strongest, most endearing qualities. Their debut, Employment, is a perfect record to put on when getting ready for a big night out, full of bouncy rhythms, anthemic choruses, and melodic hooks the size of Big Ben. And with their fondness for "ahhs," "la las," and "wah-oohs" (there's even a song called "Na Na Na Na Naa"), you don't even have to know the words to sing along in the shower. U.K. hits "I Predict a Riot" and "Oh My God" are a fine introduction to the album, but nearly every song here could be a potential single: the aforementioned "Na Na Na Na Naa," the shouty "Saturday Night," and the Beach Boys homage "Caroline Yes" being the most immediate. And though Kaiser Chiefs reek of their British roots right down to their tweed jackets, you needn't be a devout Anglophile to get it. Great pop like this knows no nationality and needs no translation.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Inspired by that moment sometime in the late '70s when punk gave birth to new wave and looked back to the heyday of '60s mod for inspiration, the Kaiser Chiefs' debut, Employment, expands on the sharp, sussed sound of their singles in surprising ways. A look at British life and its discontents, Employment is a remarkably ambitious debut album that aspires, right down to its cheeky liner notes and graphics, to be the Parklife or All Mod Cons of the 2000s. While it doesn't quite reach those heights, it does have its fair share of memorable songs. Chief among them is the one-two punch of "Everyday I Love You Less and Less," a tightly wound "get lost" song that seamlessly mixes the band's punky guitar-bass-drums attack with synths and drum machines, and their signature single, "I Predict a Riot," another prime example of the band's barbed, pissed-off pop. "Saturday Night" is another standout; with its brassy stomp and lyrics like "watching the boys on their motorbikes/I want to be like those guys," it's a Quadrophenia-like understanding of what it is to be lonely in a crowd. On songs like moody-yet-stylish "Modern Way" and the cheeky, contradictory "Na Na Na Naa," the Kaiser Chiefs sound so effortlessly "on" that it's something of a surprise when Employment begins to lose momentum. Despite its pretty '60s pop melody, "You Can Have It All" drags a bit, while the vaudeville-tinged "Time Honoured Tradition" and "Born to Be a Dancer" are too precious and theatrical for their own good. Although it's not among their best songs musically, and its Beach Boys piss-take title is a little annoying, "Caroline, Yes" is one of the Kaiser Chiefs' more interesting bits of songwriting: on the surface, the narrator is upset because the other guy took Caroline away from him, but what really gets him is that the other guy is "everything I want to be in my life." Likewise, Employment ends with "Team Mate," a tantalizingly short character sketch that is also the band's best ballad. The Kaiser Chiefs' ambition is a double-edged sword: it's admirable that they wanted to branch out in so many directions on their first full-length, but it might have been a better -- or safer, at least -- move to stick to the amazing rockers that made their name in the first place. Employment is an uneven but still very promising debut that suggests that one day the Kaiser Chiefs will pull off something even more ambitious.
Rolling Stone - Rob Sheffield
The Kaiser Chiefs make you want to sing along with practically every song by the second chorus. They predict a riot? They already are one.

The Kaiser Chiefs make you want to sing along with practically every song by the second chorus. They predict a riot? They already are one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602498801772
  • Catalog Number: 000421502
  • Sales rank: 44,436

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kaiser Chiefs Primary Artist
Adey Wilson Vocals
Ricky Wilson Vocals
Simon Rix Bass Guitar
Nick Hodgson Drums, Vocals
Peanut Keyboards
Andrew White Guitar
Technical Credits
Stephen Street Producer
Cenzo Townshend Engineer
Adey Wilson Composer
Stephen Harris Producer, Audio Production
Ewan Davies Engineer
Cally Art Direction
Tom Stanley Engineer
Dario Dendi Engineer
Simon Rix Composer
Nick Hodgson Composer
Simon Francis Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    this cd is great. i was a little hesitant to buy it, but did anyway and loved it. my favorite song is time honoured tradition. just buy this cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the Year

    Employment has something for everyone. Once you start listening to it, you can't stop. I Predict A Riot is the new rock anthem, while songs like Oh My God, everyone can relate to. I HIGHLY recommend this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kasier Chiefs score big with Employment

    This is a must own CD. Every song is fantastic and unique in its own way and the disc is full of energy. Love the keyboards most of call. Be sure to catch them live if they are playing near you as when they played at the Middle East in Boston a few weeks ago they brought the house down. Buy it you will not be disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME CD

    This album is wicked good! I recommend that everyone buy it. The best song on there is "I Predict A Riot". So you know, I'm gonna predict that you guys are gonna buy this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kaiser Chiefs' Employment--More than worth the price!

    The Kaiser Chiefs' album Employment is simply the best album released this year! It is such a joy to listen to it. It is great for just backround music at home (so relaxing at the end of the day/ energising in the morning), for you commute (it will fly by in no time if you listen to this album), or working out at the gym (great rhythm to keep your heart pumping!) Please help these lovely yorkshire lads out and buy their album. Unlike some other bands they actually appreciate their fans, too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'OH MY GOD' this album is awesome

    This cd is amazing, evokes 80's british invasion bands yet it's completeley original and fresh. v.promising. buy it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Super fantastic!

    This CD is great. I listen to it nonstop, all day and all night. It makes me want to dance. A must have for any Franz Ferdinand, Strokes, or Hives fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My new favorite band...

    The Kaiser Chiefs are awesome!! Their songs are so layered; each time I listen I discover something new. I heard their song "I predict a riot" online and I had to go out and buy the cd. They are a little faster than Keane and Coldplay, but definitely worth a listen if that's what you like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh My God I Can't Believe It!

    Hailing from Leeds, England, the fantabulous five known as the Kaiser Chiefs have put out the best, catchiest album of 2005 so far. Their unabashed love for hooks and catchy choruses is infectious and enthralling. Album opener "Everyday I Love You Less and Less" is one of the standout tracks on the album, with cheeky lyrics such as "I can't believe once you and me did sex/ It makes me sick to think of you undressed," and is instantly planted in the listener's brain. That is, until the next song, anthemic "I Predict A Riot". Singer Ricky Wilson tells of drunken Brits running around at night with a knowing voice, and by this time it's impossible not to sing along. T'Chiefs also know how to play a more subdued role, as evidenced by "Modern Way" and "You Can Have It All". Wilson is the average, everyday working class guy next door, and when he sings about failed relationships, the listener knows that he's been through it before. In times like these with pretentious narcisstic rock stars, it's nice to know that a band such as the Kaisers exist. A band who is not afraid to have a laugh at themselves, but at the end of the day, is just like you and me.

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