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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Everyday I Love The Kaiser Chiefs Less & Less

posted by on September 18 at 15:54 PM

Kaiser Chiefs - 'Never Miss A Beat'

With a third album just a few weeks off, it’s okay to worry about the Kaiser Chiefs again.

While always part of the fashion parade —
even directly parodied for it
— the Kaiser Chiefs managed to avoid, for the most part, the usual post-punk revival clichés by choosing to mine the sounds of the British mod scene and The Great Escape-era Blur, which was never an easy way to success.

But it worked.

Employment, their cracking, manic 2005 debut was a shower of top English pop and got to number one, and 2007’s Yours Truly, Angry Mob ended up to be a mixed-bag except defiant for it, with fantastic singles and a tremendous, joy-over-cool, all-energy live show blowout.

“Never Miss A Beat” is the lead-off single this time.

And I’m not sure what to make of it.

The easygoing call-and-response start is nice. Mark Ronson is brought on to produce everything as if there’s a lack of confidence somewhere behind-the-scenes, but his worn-out ’60s soul trademarks are hard to find, and it’s a somewhat different approach for the band, and that’s a relief. The video’s also got nods to ‘Don’t Look Now,’ ‘Eyes Wide Shut,’ and ‘The Warriors.’

That’s it, though?

The single, a staple of the band’s sets for almost a year now, bangs about without a chorus. Bridge, bridge, bridge, bridge. Lily Allen and New Young Pony Club are supposed to be here, but you’d never know it after a barrel of listens. There’s something too familiar about the sort-of-melody. And it all leaves you unsatisfied, like the band got distracted halfway through, already looking for another song to do.

To be fair, you have to remind yourself, the last time around, “Ruby” was a huge follow-up disappointment as well, until it grew in the back of your brain, worming its way into an addiction to become one of the best and most well-known things the band’s ever done.

But this is not exactly “Oh My God” or “I Predict A Riot,” is it?

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