Precarious times for Kaiser Chiefs. Their last album was a flop and their drummer, who was also their main songwriter, has quit the band. On Education, Education, Education & War, the Leeds quintet respond by retreating to the comfort zone of their 2m-selling 2005 debut Employment.
Galloping Britpop thrashes and “whoah-whoah” refrains are duly unleashed, with singer Ricky Wilson chewing up the scenery entertainingly on “Misery Company”, but the album falls flat. Routine indie fare predominates and sentiments such as “You and me when the sun goes down” and “We don’t even know what we’re fighting for” betray desperation.
Education, Education, Education & War