Album Title: Employment
Producer(s): Stephen Street, Stephen Harris
Label/Catalog Number: Universal B0004215-02
Originally Reviewed: March 16, 2005
At least until that new Coldplay record drops, the Kaiser Chiefs
have positioned themselves to hold the title of Baddest Musicians
in the World With a British Return Address.
Full of punky Kinks-esque jams that are all lousy with pint-hoisting
choruses and New Wave goodness, "Employment" is gleefully
packed with bounding thrills -- none bigger than "I Predict
a Riot," a Strummer-worthy anthem that'll go down as one
of the year's giddiest singles.
And damned if the balance of "Employment" doesn't keep
up the same rollicking pace, from the smartly sing-songy opener
"Every Day I Love You Less and Less," complete with
some fuzzy Commodore 64 sound effects, to the quick-hit hands-waver
"Na Na Na Na Naa," which, with its breezy breakup lyrics
("She does not move me, she's not the kind of girl that I
like") theoretically could get a whole pit of fans kissing
off their girlfriends at once.
With "Employment," the Kaiser Chiefs have wasted no
time in starting that riot they predicted.