Kaiser Chiefs | Off With Their Heads

Universal/Motown (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 11, 2008
2.5 2.5 Stars

kaiserchiefsinside.jpg

If you were hoping that Kaiser Chiefs' hiring Mark Ronson to produce their third studio disc would result in a vintage-soul overhaul of their jittery new-wave sound — hey, what can't the Dap-Kings' horns improve? — prepare to be let down.

Beyond a couple of guest-vocal spots from fellow Ronson client Lily Allen and an out-of-place rap from English MC Sway, Off with Their Heads covers pretty much the same territory as the Chiefs' first two discs. (Add another "post-" to XTC's supermelodic post-punk attack and you're there.)

Yet if Heads reveals little creative growth, it at least finds singer Ricky Wilson in a better mood than he was on last year's Yours Truly, Angry Mob, where his peeved pouting threatened to sink his bandmates' bubbly tunes. "Sticks and stones and animal bones can't stop me from having a good day on a bad day," he crows over jangly dance-rock guitars in "Good Days Bad Days." Is he being sarcastic? Perhaps. But I'm willing to be fooled.

Related: Still an angry mob, Kaiser Chiefs get creative, Kaiser Chiefs, Chairmen of the boards, More more >
  Topics: CD Reviews , Entertainment, Music, Pop and Rock Music,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY MIKAEL WOOD
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS | FURTHER  |  July 07, 2010
    Astralwerks (2010)
  •   DEVO | SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY  |  July 01, 2010
    Given the theory of de-evolution these Ohio brainiacs began expounding more than 30 years ago, it makes a sad kind of sense that Devo's first album since 1990's Smooth Noodle Maps offers such a charmless, base-level version of the band's synth-addled new wave.
  •   TAIO CRUZ | ROKSTARR  |  June 24, 2010
    When Taio Cruz sings, "I can't live without you," in "Take Me Back," pop-song conventions tell us he's referring to a lover.
  •   THE FUTUREHEADS | THE CHAOS  |  June 16, 2010
    "I wish that I could stop the noise," sings Barry Hyde not long into The Chaos . It sure doesn't seem that way.
  •   BETTYE LAVETTE | INTERPRETATIONS: THE BRITISH ROCK SONGBOOK  |  June 01, 2010
    Bettye LaVette’s previous two albums had titles that required a little digging to unpack.

 See all articles by: MIKAEL WOOD