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EDITORS’ NOTES

The third release by Kasabian is a good mix of what originally earned the band a following and a brand new direction. Essentially, Kasabian is still an electro-rock band but they’ve widened their sound to include songwriting subtleties well beyond pounding dance-floor beats and fuzz bass as on “Fast Fuse,” “Thick As Thieves,” and “Fire,” which are all catchy without coming across as one-dimensional. Sure, the band still throws down some serious grooves (“Take Aim,” “Vlad the Impaler,” “Fire”), they just offset them with slower moments that almost veer into power-ballad territory (“Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Happiness”). Elsewhere there are loopy psychedelic touches, jagged guitar riffs, and enough catchy choruses to fill a stadium. The album is produced by Dan the Automator (of Gorillaz fame) who alternates between harsh (“Underdog”), clean (“Swarfiga”), and simply trippy backgrounds (“West Ryder Silver Bullet”), all of which fit snugly into the whole concept. All together, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is certainly the most varied, and arguably the best, Kasabian release so far.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The third release by Kasabian is a good mix of what originally earned the band a following and a brand new direction. Essentially, Kasabian is still an electro-rock band but they’ve widened their sound to include songwriting subtleties well beyond pounding dance-floor beats and fuzz bass as on “Fast Fuse,” “Thick As Thieves,” and “Fire,” which are all catchy without coming across as one-dimensional. Sure, the band still throws down some serious grooves (“Take Aim,” “Vlad the Impaler,” “Fire”), they just offset them with slower moments that almost veer into power-ballad territory (“Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Happiness”). Elsewhere there are loopy psychedelic touches, jagged guitar riffs, and enough catchy choruses to fill a stadium. The album is produced by Dan the Automator (of Gorillaz fame) who alternates between harsh (“Underdog”), clean (“Swarfiga”), and simply trippy backgrounds (“West Ryder Silver Bullet”), all of which fit snugly into the whole concept. All together, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is certainly the most varied, and arguably the best, Kasabian release so far.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

harrymfa ,

This is how to rock

While rock is pretty much dead in the U.S. with bubblegum bands like My Chemical Romance and All American Rejects infecting the airwaves, in Britain rock is doing better than ever. Even decent American rock bands, like Kings of Leon do better in England. Kasabian may not be all that popular in the U.S., but they had pulled out two solid albums before this one and both have been megahits. However this one is closer to their debut, which was catchier and more electronic than Empire. Possibly the best rock album in 2009 aside from Franz Ferdinand's "Tonight". If you're into 00s British rock check also Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Fratellis, Hard-Fi, and perhaps the best rock band in the world today: Muse.

tehub ,

"Asylum" Is Their Best Yet

I've been awaiting this album since I first heard "Kasabian," their first album, a few years ago and even more so with the (mostly) disappointment of "Empire." It wasn't that the second album failed, but that it left me unsatisfied, wanting more, with only giving a few great tracks ("Empire," "Shoot The Runner"). This album is quite different. It flows better and sets a better mood than any of Kasabian's albums. "West Ryder" presents more varried Kasabian with tracks spanning from the beautiful acoustics of "Thick As Thieves" to the incessant rave "Vlad the Impaler" culminating in the nicely mixed "Take Aim," which is one of the best tracks of this album.
Kasabian has out done itself: they have created a coherent album with well played guitar and soft, strong lyrics. Their maturity as a band is evideniced in their ability to compile such a well varried album. Congrats from America, Kasabian, please come visit New Orleans sometime.

Kudinurse ,

why must iTunes make me create a title?

I've been waiting months for this album!! First heard "Vlad the Impaler" on Sirius ch. 26 and was instantly hooked. Then the "Fire" video came out and it was all over: consider me a Kasabian convert!!

Random Coachella '09 memory: enjoying "Shoot the Runner" whilst sweltering in the 100+ heat on Sunday awaiting the fabulous Karen O/Yeah Yeah Yeahs to take the sunset spot onstage...

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