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Old 13-04-2014, 20:27
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At the risk of setting off Kaiser haters... I'd just like to salute the Kaiser Chiefs for making it two weeks at no.1.

It was looking like it was over for the Leeds band. Lets face it their last album was pants, Nick Hodgeson their main songwriter had left the band, the indie establishment hated them and yet against the odds they've turned out an album that is a return to form and has recaptured the energy of the debut.

I really think its one of the most pleasantly surprising enjoyable indie pop listens of the year and its great to see them defying some quite unjust critical maulings. It could be argued the first week at no.1 was because of The Voice but the 2nd is because of people saying to their mates "hey this is actually a good record, you've got to buy it."

And whilst some in the indie establishment will be grinding their teeth into stumps at how uncool they think all this is and how it goes against the indie bible, I personal think its nice to see one of that endangered species, a British guitar band, at the top of the charts. Well done fellas.
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Old 13-04-2014, 21:56
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I'm not actually that impressed with it as I think it lacks a lot of the energy of their debut.
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Old 13-04-2014, 22:33
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Haha ooo I knew it would be getting blood out of a stone to get positive remarks about the Kaisers on digi spy's forum!

I would say mature energy, energy in the right places. I like how they've sneaked a few other sounds in with the typical Kaiser sound. Its a good mix I think.

OK I'm ducking for cover before a get battered for saying anything else positive about them!
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Old 13-04-2014, 22:53
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It could be argued the first week at no.1 was because of The Voice but the 2nd is because of people saying to their mates "hey this is actually a good record, you've got to buy it."
They performed 'Coming Home' from the Voice on Saturday night with one of the contestants - most of the impact would have come in the following week (not to mention there were repeats of the show) so I'd say that was the main reason it remained at no.1. Paloma Faith who performed on the same show rose to no.2 in the charts.

But good to see them remain at no.1 even if the sales will be low.
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Old 13-04-2014, 23:00
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I like the Kaiser Chiefs but you'd be silly to think that the album got to number 1 on its own merit and not the fact Ricky was on a prime time reality show every week for the past 3 months!
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Old 13-04-2014, 23:36
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Mumford fans have found a new favourite band......

Surely this just proves you can release any old shite (the script did the same) as long as you've got some celeb star power it'll sell to the mindless drones.
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Old 14-04-2014, 04:28
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I love the Kaisers first two albums, they're brilliant. Haven't heard the new one yet but will definitely give it a listen.
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Old 14-04-2014, 06:46
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Mumford fans have found a new favourite band......

Surely this just proves you can release any old shite (the script did the same) as long as you've got some celeb star power it'll sell to the mindless drones.
And there we go. Music snobbery raises it's ugly head. Well done mate. How what would you consider good music? And why should the rest of us not call that shite?
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Old 14-04-2014, 08:07
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And there we go. Music snobbery raises it's ugly head. Well done mate. How what would you consider good music? And why should the rest of us not call that shite?
Indie/alternative music has been cursed with music snobbery for years. I remember so many great bands being taken to task just for being popular. This is why other music genres have thrived in recent years, the indie/alternative scene is too wrapped up in being 'cool'. I blame a lot of this on the NME... at least they're close to being no longer published more and more.
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Old 14-04-2014, 08:17
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And there we go. Music snobbery raises it's ugly head. Well done mate. How what would you consider good music? And why should the rest of us not call that shite?
And heres someone goes throwing in the term 'music snobbery'.

The guy makes a valid point, clearly the sudden boost to the sales of the Kaiser Chiefs new material is based on Ricky now being a celebrity - rather than the quality of the music.
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Old 14-04-2014, 09:34
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The guy makes a valid point, clearly the sudden boost to the sales of the Kaiser Chiefs new material is based on Ricky now being a celebrity - rather than the quality of the music.
Shame.
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Old 14-04-2014, 12:38
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Haha ooo I knew it would be getting blood out of a stone to get positive remarks about the Kaisers on digi spy's forum!

I would say mature energy, energy in the right places. I like how they've sneaked a few other sounds in with the typical Kaiser sound. Its a good mix I think.

OK I'm ducking for cover before a get battered for saying anything else positive about them!
This is a discussion forum, so you should expect negative as well as positive comments. What I said was my honest opinion and has nothing to do with how fashionable it is to like the band or what Ricky is doing at the moment. The album is basically bland and uninteresting, there are a few decent songs but not enough to make the album particularly listenable.

I though Employment was a great album, but things went downhill from there. I bought the album in the hope things had improved. As for liking unfashionable bands, in my opinion the Pidgeon Detectives album released last was one of the best albums of last year, and they are about as unfashionable as the Kaisers.
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Old 14-04-2014, 13:19
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I was surprised until I read that it was the lowest sales of a number one album for 87 weeks and the 4th lowest of the 21st century.
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Old 14-04-2014, 14:26
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It's ok to be snobbish about the Kaiser Chiefs. They deserve it.
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Old 19-04-2014, 01:40
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Loving the energy and the big soaring choruses on this album. Definitely a thumbs up from me.
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Old 21-04-2014, 20:34
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Thanks for that howmanytimes, glad its not just me that liked it. From the rousing Factory Gates to the beautiful Roses at the end all good for me. Should sound great when played in their gloriously fun live shows.

thewayforwardbus: I was being humorous when I wrote that post, it twas not intended as a dig at you so much as what inevitably came afterwards! Hey I'm not saying people have to like this record at all, like what you wanna like. What I was actually driving at was more shall we say the onslaught that followed after what you wrote...

Totally, totally agree with the comments about indie snobbism totally ruining the movement. Indie is dying, and the idiot does it fit with our indie bible belt mentality is just further knackering it into irrelevant oblivion.
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Old 21-04-2014, 23:05
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Totally, totally agree with the comments about indie snobbism totally ruining the movement. Indie is dying.
Indie music isn't dying at all, infact it's pretty healthy - it's just that stuff like the Kaiser Chiefs, Mumford, Imagine Dragons, Bastille and sodding Kodaline are the bands that get radio play and promoted as top indie bands by the radio...it makes the talent pool look a lot shallower than it is.
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Old 22-04-2014, 14:44
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I think it should be used as a case study for struggling bands on how to do an album release. Everything about the campaign has been great from Ricky's use of 'The Voice' as promotion right through to the reduced RRP of 6.99 which all stores selling the album have had to charge for it. I don't think a lot of people would risk 10 on a new Kaiser Chiefs album but 6.99 in all stores means that it is a lot more accessible to people.
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