Have you ever wanted to buy an album but cut out the annoying filler? Kaiser Chiefs have given their fans a chance to cobble together the ideal album on their website, offering up twenty songs that can be arranged and purchased, even resold for a profit.
Itâ€™s an interesting concept, but is the material worth it? And with such freedom of choice, should anyone bother to buy the physical release with a set tracklist?
The short answer to both is yes. Gone are the repetitive choruses filled with â€œohâ€s and â€œnaâ€s that made the band famous, replaced instead by a sound thatâ€™s still catchy but more reminiscent of the 80’s. Nothing stands out as a booming single, but for the Chiefs, that just means that the tracks are on an even playing field.
Definite keepers on the official tracklist are the Bowie-infused â€œMan on Marsâ€ and the poignant paternal ode â€œIf You Will Have Me.â€ â€œChild of the Jagoâ€ has toned down hints of their original sound, while â€œHeard It Breakâ€ is surprisingly synth-based and retro.
Having said that, I would recommend building your own album just for the songs you canâ€™t get on the official release. â€œCanâ€™t Mind My Own Businessâ€ has a stomping beat and provides a great singalong and â€œCousin in the Bronxâ€ is just a slice of pop rock fun. However you splice it, you get the album that you want, so thereâ€™s no excuse for putting the iPod on “shuffle” for this one. Make it your own since there are certainly at least ten tracks for any indie soul to enjoy.