The Kaiser Chief’s Employment is one of the best debut albums of the last decade. The Kaiser Chiefs broke onto the scene with Employment in 2005 with a sound reminiscent of the early 80s, solid pop throughout. Their music sounds like 80s power rock but it also sounds current—and the lyrics have some weight. Put that all together and you have a compelling album, the first of many.
I bought Tales of Mystery & Imagination at a flea market shortly after it had been released. Whoever the original purchaser was he did not think much of the album. The LP was in pristine shape. So why did I buy it? Well, because I was a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe and the notion that there was an album based on his work was enough for me to spend the dollar.
Smokin’ by Humble Pie used to be in every Chevelle, Camaro, and Mustang (and Road Runner) worth its presence on the street back in the early 70s, for good reason. This is our Frampton Then-Album—purposefully trying to sidestep Frampton’s greatest work, Frampton Comes Alive!—and it is an amazing album.
I was actually looking forward to hearing Culture Club’s Kissing to be Clever after hearing Boy George’s latest, 2013’s This is What I Do. They were certainly never my favourite group, though they were never on my do-not-play list either, so the disappointment I felt when I heard the album may seem contradictory. Kissing to be Clever is disappointing because of how it stacks up against This is What I Do. The latter could be a pretty decent Elton John album while Kissing to be Clever sounds like it’s very much of its time, 1982.