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Kasabian
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2005
All too often these days bands are laelled with the title "the new Stone Roses" or "the new Oasis". The same has been said of Kasabian, as one glance at the sticker of the CD case will soon show.
The big difference with this band is that they are not trying to be the new anything.
Rarely have I heard a debut album of such quality. One of the truly difficult things for a band to do is meld the standard Guitar/Bass/Drum/Vocal sound with that of heavy Electronica, but Kasabian have pulled it off with a stroke of genius.
Other comments have focused on the lack of real songwriting ability. It is true that the vocals, whilst very well delivered, do lack some substance; but then this band do not seem to be trying to give us Ocean Colour Scene quality lyrics, and have focused more on their undoubted talent at writing songs to pull you in an hook you. And they have done that very nicely, thank you.
The stand out tracks on the album include the storming "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)", sure to become a festival anthem in the summer, "Ovary Stripe", perhaps the best instrumental I have heard since the Melody AM album by Royksopp, and "Reason is Treason".
The real question, and one that so often leads to disappontment these days, is how good the follow-up will be. Whilst this album sets them apart from so many bands, can their second album do the same? On the basis of this album, I truly hope that there is much more to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2006
I think Kasabian are one of the best acts around at the moment. I normally get bored very easily, however I bought this album a good while ago and I still listen to it all the time.

As with most albums the first few tracks are definitely the strongest songs, but the entire album is very strong.

I would not skip through any o fthe tracks on the album......and on the last track if you let it play on theres a banging version of Reason Is Treason which will blow you away!!!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2004
I'd not heard much about Kasabian before buying the new album. I'd heard 'L.S.F' and 'Processed beats' and this was enough to convince me to buy! U know how it is though. You hear a track or two off an album, go and buy it and feel let down when the rest is below average.
NOT, however, with this! From the opening 'Club Foot' with its tribal chants, guitar heavy licks and phat beats, all the way through to the epic-sounding (if short) 'Ovary Stripe', this album needs a minimum of 3 spins a day! Their use of conventional music production mixed with the synth based side, and the way it mixes and drops in and out of these different genres makes this a real 'thinkers' record (see 'Reason is Treason). One minute the track is pounding alond, beats-heavy and sounding very rock-like, the next it breaks down into an ethereal swirl of pads and synth stabs before dropping back into the beats once again.
My personal fave from the record has to be 'I.D', it has everything that a song should have. Emotion, drive, decent lyrics and a completely awe-inspiring feel. Press that repeat button!
Tom Meighans vocals slice into you with (dare I say it) an almost Gallagher-esque resonance mixed with the attitude of Shaun Ryder. The rest of the band follow suit, with Sergio Pizzorno's guitar twisting and churning out the riffs. For an album mixed by Jim Abiss (the guy behind DJ Shadow), you can certainly hear the input he's brought to this disc.
So, all in all I highly recommend this disc. Buy it, play it, enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2005
The swing of modern music towards the banal and predictable has become an increasingly frustrating issue today, so it is certainly rewarding to uncover a unique and progressive sounding band like Kasabian. In this debut album they incorporate electronic backing with ethereal second coming-era stone roses guitar to produce a mix which although indie in style, is also as meaty and thought provoking as say, Radiohead or Muse. "John he was a scientist/he was hooked on Lsd," the psychadelic humour that opens the inspiring Cutt Off, and "all lying across the ground/try not to make no sound," the bleak, apocalyptic call of Running Battle show a range in subject matter, whilst still reinforcing the ever present social conscious and drug-addled craziness that run throughout.
LSF and Processed beats blare like the most established of anthems and in reason is Treason the album finds its fulcrum and focal point, sounding like love spreads for a new generation. Overall, if you Like Primal Scream, The Stone Roses, Muse and you're bored with Keane, Feeder, Embrace and the like the chances are you will certainly get good mileage from this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2004
This album came to me from a friend and i was relatively unaware of the band, but since hearing singles such as LSF and Processed Beats Kasabian have since become a favourite in my music selection. With a fantastic live show this band are set for stage glory. The album itself is very unique with a small hint of Primal Scream here and there but overall a very special and groundbreaking album. This album is not for everyone but for fans of Franz Ferdinand, The Stills and possibly Million Dead. It is fantastic to see bands like Kasabian being part of the new wave of fantastic music coming from Britain.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2004
To me, I see Kasabian as a cross between The Music, Kula Shaker (without the Indian influences), The Cooper Temple Clause, and the Stone Roses. And believe me, what a glorious combination that is. Tracks like Processed Beats and the slow-building I.D. simply ooze cool, and demand you to strut along, nodding at everyone you pass, just as The Music do at the best of times. L.S.F. is a wonderfully danceable tune, while I defy anyone not to 'Aaaah' along to the chorus of Cutt Off.
This is a prime slab of quality British music, something the UK needs at the moment to regain our place as the best musical destination in the world. While this album can't and doesn't do that on its own, it sure is a stepping stone towards that ultimate end goal. Recommended for all fans of great music.
Oh yeah, by the way, if you can, get the limited edition of this album cos it comes in a cool all black cd case and is double sided- one side is the CD side, the other is a DVD with loads of nice extras!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2005
The most interesting band to emerge in the UK for a while I think. Its actually quite tricky to pick the standout tracks. The most immediate are (mostly) singles - Club Foot, Processed Beats, Reason is Treason, LSF and Cut Off. But most of the rest of the album has grown on me to the point where the only things on it I don't like are a couple of rather pointless synth noodles - Pinch Roller and Overy Stripe (the latter being a nice idea but hardly a full length track). Other problems? Well the recording quality isn't as good as it might have been (the self-produced nature of it comes through a bit strongly for my taste) and they over use the sudden stop as a way of ending a piece but, all in all, I reckon its worth buying a copy and keeping an eye on this lot. I shall be very interested to see what they do next. Buy it, turn it up and play it load.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 July 2007
I've come to Kasabian backwards, my wife buying the followup "Empire" first.

I've now watched the band several times on TV performing "live" and can vouch for their growing status as a great live act. They really get the audience involved and all credit to them for that...

Having cringed at the awful sound quality of the "Empire" album preventing any involvement in the music on offer, this comes as a breath of fresh air - well almost... production is acceptable, but still drenched in '60's style distortion, which is totally mad, bearing in mind how incredible modern recording and production techniques can be..

The music on this debut is of a very good standard to me - extremely "retro" in style, but not at all bad for that. I suspect most fans won't have been born when this style was commonplace......

I can certainly recommend this debut as an entertaining piece of "modern retro," just don't expect top sound quality...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 December 2011
This album seemed like a bad buy to me from the second it was being burned onto my computer.

There are a lot of forgettable tracks, and others that just seem wacky. As on even the good Kasabian albums, there is the ever-present 50 second piece of rubbish noise that they call a track, and apart from a few highlights, it appears a dull mess.

I recommend West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2004
I have been a staunch fan of all things Madchester and Primal Scream for some time, so Kasabian come to me as a godsend, the anithesis to modern music. Proclaiming themselves almost as a revolution in their own right, they strut onto the music scene with the coolness one comes to associate only with the grooviest baggiest legends.
Try your best not to sing along to these songs, after but one listen I was hooked, something that hasn't happened to me since "Morning Glory" or "Peasants, Pigs and Astronauts".
From what I can gather, they seem to be about making weird but accessible tunes with more than a slight nod to the musicianship of Primal Scream and thanking possibly The Stone Roses for the way that their songs seem to bounce on effortles grooves.
This is music of the future, buy it now, you will not be disappoited.
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