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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 (8 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Underdog
2. Where Did All The Love Go?
3. Swarfiga
4. Fast Fuse
5. Take Aim
6. Thick As Thieves
7. West Ryder Silver Bullet
8. Vlad The Impaler
9. Ladies & Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)
10. Secret Alphabets
11. Fire
12. Happiness

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Product Description

Follow up to 2006's number one 'Empire', the third album from the English alternative rock band is an electronica-indie rock style fusion: a mix of intense melodies, electro-punk riffs and kaleidoscopic lullabies. The album includes the singles 'Fast Fuse', 'Vlad the Impaler' and 'Fire'.


Kasabian arrived with a bang and a half early this century, brandishing a slew of ever more dynamite singles and a rigorously assembled debut album that straddled dancefloors and festival fields with monumental ease and a glint in its bloodshot eyes. It was all very post-Xtrmntr, whilst avoiding much of the seriousness that could have entailed. Whether anyone expected them to chase Oasis’ coat-tails with such keenness is by the by now; they have since been ordained as an anthemic rock colossus of the UK rock scene. That has almost certainly gone to their heads and as years and albums pass they move further away from their original chemical reaction and into attempting to elbow their way onto the table of some of the greats--early Pink Floyd (the well meaning, but slightly aimless "Swarfiga"), The Kinks (the blatant "Thick As Thieves", though it doesn’t take much to imagine Noel Gallgher bashing it out either) and The Rolling Stones ("Happiness", see also Primal Scream). West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum finds them in an exploratory mood even if it struggles to lift off like either their own early material or the greats they aspire to emulate. Still, "Fast Fuse" is a rabid burst of tinny psychedelic punk and "Vlad The Impaler" intriguingly dark and electric. Not as weird or as wired as they purport to be, but given the kind of brain-numbing predictability normally peddled by bands at their level, we should be grateful for the ambition of this album. --James Berry

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard Thwaites on 22 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a 41 year old I would like to think i'm quite open to what I listen to, whether it be; Reggae, Pop, Rock, Soul, Dance, Dubstep the list of genre's is endless..... lol. But over the last ten years or so, i've been quite disappointed in the decline of much of today's modern music. Why? well! most of today's music has lost something, can't exactly put my finger on it, it could be because it's lost it's soul, it's irony, it's power to provoke whatever it is I find myself drifting to the classics, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix etc, etc... The last group that really spoke to me was Radiohead which had passion, intrigue, soul and most of all it was music that you couldn't ignore. GOOD MUSIC to me, whatever genre it is, is suppose to move you, either emotionally, physically, or intellectually.
This ALBUM is one of those albums, I can happily say. If you are after an album which makes your feet tap, brain think, heartpound and most of all put a smile on your face, BUY THIS MAJESTIC ROCK ALBUM. THANKS BOYS.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nin/ja77 on 13 Jun 2009
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Kasabian have really stepped up to the plate on this their third studio album the strangely titled West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Following on from their last two albums the good self titled debut and the decent second album Empire, Kasabian deliver a quality third album.

Kasabian have always had great tunes but with this album they have a complete piece with hardly any filler. Songwriter Sergio Pizzorno will now have to be taken seriously as a songwriter. The album is full of big stomping tunes, the kind that Kasabian specialise in. Album opener Underdog sets things up nicely with its big chorus. The standout tracks are Thick as Thieves, Vlad the Impaler, Secret Alphabets and Fire. The best track on the album is Fast Fuse which is a song you will revisit plenty of times. Another bold tack is West Ryder Silver Bullet which features actress Rosario Dawson sharing vocal duties with lead singer Tom Meighan its an idea that shouldn't really work but the results are great.

The special cd/dvd edition is that rare thing in that its worth spending that bit extra to get as the dvd included has two separate live gigs performed by the band you also getting a making of the video feature and the cool video for Vlad the Impaler, its also comes in a nice case with gold lettering.

This should be the album that takes Kasabian to the next step and it will be interesting to see how they can top this.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 1 Oct 2009
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Im nearly 70 years old but love the music of this century (as well as the last). I had heard various tracks from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum on the radio and recently downloaded the whole thing. I cant tell you how I was entranced by the power and beauty of the music especially "Underdog" , "Where did all the love go" and "West Ryder Silver Bullet"...........Oh hell I love it all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJA on 13 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of Kasabian then this is a must-buy, of course - but don't let my saying this put you off. The band is on-form and making some of the best music of their (hopefully long) career.

If you were wondering what the BBC used as the signature theme for its Glastonbury coverage this year, then it's to be found of course on the chorus of Fire, the excellent first single from ...Asylum (sorry - it's too long to write in full, I'm afraid).

If you have previously written off the band as having cynically engineered a sound that is 60 per cent Oasis and 40 per cent Primal Scream - something I did at first, I readily admit - the opening tracks of this mouthful-of-an-album would appear to confirm such allegations.

You get the feeling that Kasabian can churn out dance beat-laden, quality and addictive Oasis-esque anthems all day long. Kasabian are brilliant at what they do best - no question about that. But can they push their own boundaries?

Well, yes, they can. The wonderful title (or silly title - depending on your view) instantly suggests 'concept album', which in turn either excites you or sets alarm bells ringing. (I'm sure the latter at the record company.)

But fear not, the Leicester boys clearly have as much talent as bravado: the strange turns, new more subdued sounds and echoes of classic 70s rock are very welcome but are balanced by the usual catchy hooks and melodies.

Be warned, it's a bit of a grower - stick with it and you'll be rewarded. They clearly have an appetite to evolve and explore - both of which they do on this album, and with relative success.

As to whether it hangs together well is another matter: it's far from neat and not all the songs work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay M VINE VOICE on 14 Jun 2009
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Once seen by some people as pale imitators of Oasis, Kasabian have truly left them in their wake with this effort. For me, they were never really like Oasis but you could see somewhat vague comparibles. But Kasabian have a more varied sound for one!

This is something special. The first album of the year by an established act, to truly make me think there is some hope left in the stagnant Pop Idol laden music business. We need a band like this. Yes, their bravado can get in the way sometimes but with a sound like this, who could fault their indulgence. What's better again is they're British, showing the Americans how it should be done, once again.

'Underdog' simply is a stunning song, the guitars are pure rock and the beats, always a feature of the Kasabian sound which they thankfully haven't abandoned, kick in well. Serge's guitar again comes to the fore in many of the songs on here.

What will surprise most who have never bought a Kasabian album is that not all of their songs are the typical swagger-led, rock efforts. They do a fine line in simply guitar songs, on this album they are very much taking influence from The Kinks and even touches of Ennio Morricone.

I've always more associated them with the Stone Roses and earaly DJ Shadow in their alignment to beats and touches of electronics. They create some truly memorable sounds, the intro to 'Secret Alphabets' is an example. The song itself has very much a West Coast America sound to it, with the melody and harmonies.

The only song which doesn't really do much for me is the last song, 'Happiness', which steers far too close to the 'Come Together' Primal Scream era for comfort.

But that's not enough to lose them the fifth star. Everything else on here is pure gold and I'm pleased to say there maybe rock and roll saviours on the way.
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