Off with Their Heads

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Though "Ruby" was one of the Kaiser Chiefs' biggest hits, it and the rest of Yours Truly, Angry Mob were disappointing, trading Employment's ambitious spark for workmanlike consistency. It seemed like that could be the fate of the rest of the band's output until Lily Allen's funky pop cover of "Oh My God" appeared on Mark Ronson's album Version, which ultimately led to Ronson working on the Kaisers' third album. The golden touch Ronson had as a producer for artists like Allen and Amy Winehouse is also evident throughout Off with Their Heads: he imbues the band's spiky Brit-rock with his pop and dance music flair, throwing together strings, synths, live and programmed ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Though "Ruby" was one of the Kaiser Chiefs' biggest hits, it and the rest of Yours Truly, Angry Mob were disappointing, trading Employment's ambitious spark for workmanlike consistency. It seemed like that could be the fate of the rest of the band's output until Lily Allen's funky pop cover of "Oh My God" appeared on Mark Ronson's album Version, which ultimately led to Ronson working on the Kaisers' third album. The golden touch Ronson had as a producer for artists like Allen and Amy Winehouse is also evident throughout Off with Their Heads: he imbues the band's spiky Brit-rock with his pop and dance music flair, throwing together strings, synths, live and programmed drums, exotic percussion and lots of guitars in a new wave-y
ave-y mix that nods to bands like Klaxons and Late of the Pier. The cheeky "Addicted to Drugs" gets an extra kick from Ronson's a go-go bells, giving the song a kinetic beat even though the rest of the track is straight-ahead guitar pop, while "You Want History"'s brisk hi-hats and surging synths flirt with the dancefloor. Ronson also brings in Allen as a guest vocalist for the excellent, slightly paranoid pop of "Always Happens Like That" and rapper Sway on "Half the Truth," who gives the song's angry young man rant against doublespeak a sharper edge. Of course, all the creative production and guest stars Ronson offers wouldn't mean anything if the Kaiser Chiefs' songwriting wasn't focused, but Off with Their Heads delivers on this front too. The band rails against stupidity and conformity like they did on Yours Truly, Angry Mob, but this time they know that while it's smart to be witty, it's even smarter to be insidiously catchy. The band's commentary is fused to some of their most pointed hooks: "Never Miss a Beat" rails against how "it's cool to know nothing" to a fittingly relentless rhythm. "Like It Too Much" touches on the Kaisers' latent XTC fetish -- words like "You are descended from animals/And you are constructed of chemicals" could have flowed from Andy Partridge's pen, and the song's lumbering stomp only heightens the similarity. Elsewhere, "Can't Say What I Mean" is wittily tongue-tied and "Good Days and Bad Days" manages the impressive feat of being happy-go-lucky with sounding complacent; more importantly, they show that the Kaiser Chiefs remember the playful spirit of British rock that a lot of traditionalist U.K. bands forget. A couple of songs lack the urgency of the album's best moments (though "Tomato in the Rain" boasts the great lyric "A policeman on the take/Weighted down in a lake" and "Remember You're a Girl" has a naggingly deja vu-inspiring melody), letting Off with Their Heads fall just short of greatness. Still, this is easily some of the Kaisers' finest -- and most consistent -- music.
Entertainment Weekly - Leah Greenblatt
Co-producer Mark Ronson corrals the band's camp-tastic pomp and working-class quirk into three-minute bangers that fly by in a rush of Jam-y guitars, stomping percussion, and pogo-worthy choruses. [B+]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 602517847132
  • Catalog Number: 001210602
  • Sales rank: 117,640

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kaiser Chiefs Primary Artist
Tony Lewis Cello, Celli
Peter G. Hanson Violin
Garfield Jackson Viola
Paul Kegg Cello, Celli
Dave Lloyd Djembe
Ian Humphries Violin
Deborah Widdup Violin
Sway Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sarah Jones Background Vocals
Mark Ronson Agogo, Agogo Bell
Rosemary Warren Green Violin
Helen Paterson Violin
Lily Allen Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Thomas Bowes Violin
Lou Hayter Background Vocals
Anne Marie Chirema Background Vocals
Tom Pigott-Smith Violin
Ralph de Souza Violin
Jonathan Evans-Jones Violin
Jonathan Williams Cello, Celli
Peter Hanson Violin
Dave Guy Trumpet
Andy Parker Viola
Jon Thorne Viola
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
David Arnold Arranger, String Arrangements
Mark Ronson Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
John C.F. Davis Mastering
Eliot James Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Off With Their Heads Never Misses A Beat.

    With the future of The Kaiser Cheifs looking just bright as ever and<BR/>their recording career turning increasingly prolific, they scored an <BR/>instant hit with their third hit CD Off With Thier Heads. Though is<BR/>is almost as perfect as Employment or Yours Truly Angry Mob, it does<BR/>showcases many of their best moments, but I may seriously recommend <BR/>the edition with Two Bonus Tracks, which makes the album sounds even<BR/>better. So pick up a copy of Off With Their Heads and make sure you<BR/>get the one that have the two bonus tracks, that way it will have you<BR/>greater listening pleasure.

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