Off With Their Heads - Kaiser Chiefs
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Both anxious and anthemic, the third most famous band from Leeds, England (behind Gang of Four and the Mekons) lobs social commentary as sharp as drummer Nick Hodgson’s ties, and tackles subjects as brainy as evolutionary biology ('Like It Too Much,'), the tenets of self-help ('Tomato In the Rain') and gender politics ('Remember You’re A Girl'), all at breakneck speed.
  2. Off With Their Heads affirms the undying pleasures of smart, catchy pop music does well. [Oct 2008, p.137]
  3. Mostly band and producer Mark Ronson have done what both parties needed to do in late 2008: avoid the ordinary and obvious, namely glossy stadium-indie and retro-soul horns respectively, and aim for the extraordinary.
  4. 80
    This is regal, majestic pop music played with a roundheaded bluntness. Off with their heads indeed.
  5. Off With Their Heads is great British pop in the dynamic lethal-irony tradition of the mid-Sixties Kinks, the early Jam and, with that vintage-New Wave tone of Nick Baines' keyboards, XTC's 1979 album, "Drums and Wires."
  6. This is easily some of the Kaisers' finest--and most consistent-- music.
  7. Singer Ricky Wilson holds it together with his charismatic personality, demanding you sit up and listen the second he opens his mouth to kick things off. [Dec 2008, p.146]
  8. Off With Their Heads is, thankfully, a subtler, cannier beast, even if it does suffer from some of the same problems as its predecessor.
  9. The hurtling, new wave keyboard rush of 'Never Miss a Beat,' the pop-radio swirl of 'Like It Too Much,' and the casually brilliant bass-bounce of 'Good Days Bad Days' prove the band still has more than enough hooks, and brash charm, to get it through even the longest of songwriting winters.
  10. Yet with all the marquee involvement, Heads doesn’t have the obvious single choices. The Kaisers could have worked with just about anyone and ended up with an album that would have been comparable--and probably cost a lot less to make. [Year End 2008]
  11. It's not all great--'You Want History' can't overcome rhyming "mystery" with "history" or its leaden coda, for example--but it is at least as good as their debut, if not just a tick better for its relative dynamic and tonal variety.
  12. 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.
  13. Off With Their Heads is more football chant schmindie, with only the briefest of diversions up Psycho Rock Avenue.
  14. 60
    Off With Their Heads deftest creations may fall just short of the Kasier Chief debut's ruddy-faced string of exhuberant big hitters, 'Never Beat A Beat,' 'Addicted To Drugs' and the huge 'Like You Too Much' are still sizeable cut above some of "Yours Truely's" tepid misfires. [Nov 2008, p.104]
  15. Half-knowing, half-full of anthems and lyrically halfway to hell, Off With Their Heads is musically halfway there. Kaisers have barely missed a beat on the highway to massive-dom, but they’re hardly raising our heart rates.
  16. Erratic songwriting is evident from start to finish on the record.
  17. Its first half is genuinely brimming with energy in a way that promises a return to the joyful pop of the Kaisers Chiefs’ debut. It does, however, tail off badly.
  18. Whereas its early tunes built from twitchy verses to shout-along choruses, the new material skews glossy and nondescript.
  19. 40
    These trebly, trenchant Brits have truly gone pear-shaped.
  20. Ronson lowers Ricky Wilson’s maddeningly limited vocals and amps the bass, but the disc still fails to come alive.
User Score
4.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 171 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. May 14, 2012
    8
    Good couple of tracks no real bad ones and It's only failing is losing the Keyboard that made Employment great and it's a bit 80s punk and notGood couple of tracks no real bad ones and It's only failing is losing the Keyboard that made Employment great and it's a bit 80s punk and not the quirky Kaiser Chiefs I have come to expect Full Review »
  2. Jun 26, 2011
    10
    I love this and all of the kaiser chiefs albums they're so much fun to listen to must buy them!I love this and all of the kaiser chiefs albums they're so much fun to listen to must buy them! soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2010
    8
    lacks the energy of their first release, but a solid pop punk album without a doubt. this record sees the chiefs explore their softer sidelacks the energy of their first release, but a solid pop punk album without a doubt. this record sees the chiefs explore their softer side with slower songs like tomato in the rain and remember your a girl. Full Review »