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  • Summary: The follow-up to the Leeds rock band's top selling sophomore album features Lily Allen and New Young Pony Club as guests.

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Never Miss A Beat
What did you learn today? I learned nothin' What did you do today? I did nothin' What did you learn at school? I didn't go Why didn't you go to... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  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 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."
  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. 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.
  5. Off With Their Heads is more football chant schmindie, with only the briefest of diversions up Psycho Rock Avenue.
  6. 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.
  7. Ronson lowers Ricky Wilson’s maddeningly limited vocals and amps the bass, but the disc still fails to come alive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 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 Collapse
  2. SalS.
    Nov 7, 2008
    10
    A brilliant album, can't stop listening to it. Like It Too Much, Spanish Metal, Half the Truth and Can't Say What I Mean are A brilliant album, can't stop listening to it. Like It Too Much, Spanish Metal, Half the Truth and Can't Say What I Mean are classics. Love it! Expand
  3. LouiseH.
    Nov 12, 2008
    10
    Fantastic, love it. Songs are a much better quality, particulrly like Like It Too Much
  4. Sommer
    Nov 8, 2008
    9
    As good or better than there previous two albums. A fantastic album.
  5. RachelA
    Dec 31, 2008
    9
    This album is fantastic. I saw them perform a lot of the songs live and they're even better! There are a couple that I skip, but not This album is fantastic. I saw them perform a lot of the songs live and they're even better! There are a couple that I skip, but not many. Overall, a really good album. Expand
  6. 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 Expand
  7. Wolves
    Oct 29, 2008
    1
    To say simple, "No fun".

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