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Velociraptor! [CD]

Kasabian Audio CD
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Kasabian took the British press by storm in the early 2000s by mixing traces of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with Oasis-sized confidence and DJ Shadow-influenced electronics. Named after Linda Kasabian, Charles Manson's getaway driver turned state witness, the Leicester-based group also stole a page from the Band by moving into a remote ... Read more in Amazon's Kasabian Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0054PET3K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Days Are Forgotten [Explicit] 5:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Goodbye Kiss 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Fee Verte 5:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Velociraptor! 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter from the Storm) 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Re-Wired 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Man of Simple Pleasures 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen11. Neon Noon 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The follow-up to the acclaimed West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Velociraptor! was recorded in Leicester and mixed in San Francisco. Written and produced by Sergio Pizzorno, Velociraptor! is a major leap forward from Britain’s biggest band.

BBC Review

It's been 15 or 16 years since the last truly classic album, but I think we've done it, Serge Pizzorno claims of Velociraptor!, which is exactly the kind of bullish boasting which, along with their boorish interviews and boozy gang attitude, have made it easy to pigeonhole Kasabian as the Leicestershire Oasis. This is unfortunate, as their actual music has always been much more interesting and eclectic. From the start, their ease with club beats and electronica suggested that - unlike the Gallaghers - they had some awareness of which decade they were in. And while Oasis became duller and more conservative with each new record, Kasabian have - so far - grown more adventurous.

June's teaser single, Switchblade Smiles, certainly suggested that Velociraptor! would take up where 2009's West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum left off - completely out there, and completely off its face. A remarkably uncompromising opening salvo, it begins as a dreamily buzzing Eastern mantra, before a dinosaur-sized dance beat crashes in and the song spends the next few minutes zig-zagging wildly between club stomper and blissed-out space rock.

Fortunately for fans fearing Kasabian have completely left Planet Rock, the rest of the album plays it safer, shifting restlessly between growling garage and psychedelic reveries. Days Are Forgotten is built on a filthy delta blues riff, and boasts a trademark vowel-murdering, stadium-shaking chorus. For sheer catchiness, it's only rivalled by the splendidly silly title-track, with its grimy guitars, absurd lyrics and air-punching chorus. Festival-goers should learn the words "Velociraptor / He gonna find ya / He gonna kill ya / He gonna eat ya" now: you'll be hearing them a lot next year.

Of the slower songs, the meandering Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter from the Storm) revisits the Eastern influences of Switchblade Smiles but dredges up unpleasant memories of Kula Shaker, while Goodbye Kiss is agreeable but unremarkable, sounding like a cast-off from Alex Turner's understated Submarine soundtrack. Far, far lovelier is the closing Neon Noon, a reverb-drenched slow-burner which intertwines analogue electro, acoustic guitars, sighing strings and a subdued, mournful melody. It may be the first genuinely moving Kasabian song, a truly welcome new development.

Velociraptor! is neither the classic Pizzorno insists it is, nor the numbskull stadium rock cynics will presume it is. It sounds like a band still uncertain of exactly where they want to be, but determined to make the way there interesting.

--Jaime Gill

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could gve half stars 18 Jun 2014
By Kev
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This is a really good album and they performed it brilliantly live but I cant quite bring myself to give it five stars as there is a few fillers on it for me.

I would still happily buy it again
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4.0 out of 5 stars KASABIAN EVOLVING WITH EVERY ALBUM 19 Sep 2011
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Kasabian return with album number 4 the weirdly titled "Velociraptor", so it should come as no surprise that this is one of Kasabian's most ambitious albums to date, not bad for a band that has seen lazy journalism call Kasabian, Oasis clones and labelled them lad rock. While Kasabian might share some of Oasis confidence and swagger their music has always been more closely linked to Primal Scream, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and even 70's glam rock. A quick look back at their 3 previous albums would show a band not scared to experiment with different styles and sounds.

The album opens with "Let's Roll Like We Used To" which sees songwriter Serge Pizzorno looking back at the early days before they made it big. It's a good start to the album. On "Days Are Forgotten" the track starts off with some big beats and a funky groove and has Tom cheekily singing "You say i'm old hat, a f***in' dirty rat, call me cliche, how right you are", which is a nice dig at their critics. There's the brilliance of the Beatles-esque sounding "La Fée Verte" which is sung by Pizzorno. Add that to Kraftwerk sounding "I Hear Voices" and it shows that Kasabian are willing to experiment in as many styles of music as possible.

The title track "Velociraptor!" is a big sounding stomp that has Tom spitting out his lyric's, not to many bands could pull off a song about a dinosaur with out sounding stupid. There's the epic "Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter from the Storm)" which at over 6 minutes long sounds like Kashmir era Led Zeppelin. The album features two big tracks that are made for playing live the brilliant "Re-Wired" with its big chorus and the beat driven "Switchblade Smiles" a song that won't full be appreciated until it's played live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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If you like Kasabian it's a 'No Brainer'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kind of deluxe edition 7 Jun 2014
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Obviously Velociraptor! is the main part of this edition, but I already had it and Man of Simple Pleasures EP was the main reason to buy this item.
Absolutely recommended if you are a Kasabian fan, especially because of Narcotic Farm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good follow up 19 April 2014
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good follow up album - worth buying some good tracks again not as 'biting' as their earlier work
still worth buying
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kasabian on strong form 7 April 2014
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'Velociraptor!' (2011) is the 4th studio album by the British band Kasabian and, on this evidence, seem to have cemented their place as one of the top rock acts of the 21st Century. Sergio Pizzorno is on great form in the songwriting department; highlights include the frenetic title track, 'Days Are Forgotten', 'Goodbye Kiss' and 'Re-Wired' [I really enjoyed the mix of guitar and keyboards here]. Stylistically, the material is quite varied with the 'sounds of the Kasbah' used cleverly as a recurring theme. Definitely worth buying at a competitive price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Averagae 2 Dec 2013
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Mediocre at some points, definetely not as good as Empire or West Pauper, some good little tracks though like "Re-Wired" and "Switchblade Smiles". Have not really listened to it since the first time as it did not impress
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Nov 2013
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It's fantastic CD but i mean come on it's Kasabian!!!! Some good tracks, catchy tunes. It's the kinda CD where you'll hear one song, love it and end up singing it to yourself all day. This CD will not disappoint
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