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4.0 out of 5 stars Far out maaaaan..., 24 May 2009
This review is from: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (Audio CD)
OK I've heard it, here's my track by track review of The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum by Kasabian...

1) Underdog - known to many from a certain telly advert. This is a soaring, epic track in the vain of LSF from their S/T debut.

2) Where Did All The Love Go? - I'm probably setting myself for criticism with this one but this is very disco in it's style. Has some great strings and backing vocals.

3) Swarfiga - a short, electro instrumental number that contains a background sample not far removed from the Monolith noise in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

4) Fast Fuse - a quick paced song with a great bassline and a certain bluesy vibe to it.

5) Take Aim - a track that really builds. Starts off with a basic acoustic/vocal set up and gradually layers with electronica and horns. Great string arrangements at the end too.

6) Thick As Thieves - reminds me of a certain La's track. Very mellow, this is the equivalent of Empire's British Legion track. You'll swear you've heard the melody somewhere else before..

7) West Rider Silver Bullet - a real curveball this one. Sounds straight out of a Western film in some parts. Tom Meighan trades vocals with Rosaria Dawson to croon the "She's my baby/He's my baby.." refrain.

8) Vlad The Impaler - classic Kasabian. Angry squalling guitars and samples, nasty distorted bass and a great chorus ("Get loose! Get loose!") that's sure to ignite moshpits.

9) Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll The Dice) - this reminded me of Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"! Organ-led with some lovely tremolo guitar parts. Very melodic and a different side of Kasabian for sure.

10) Secret Alphabets - whoooa..psychodelic to the max. Some nice layered vocal harmonies that keep the song drifting along. Then the synths come in halfway to take it to another level. The song ends with an orchestral arrangement straight out of a Tim Burton film.

11) Fire - Great song, slowly galloping along with a haunting melody before erupting into a huge chorus. Sure to be a massive crowd sing along at concerts.

12) Happiness - an uplifting track complete with gospel choir and handclaps nearing the end. Ends the album on an optimistic vibe.

In conclusion, TWRPLA is Kasabian's most diverse work to date. Sonically, it is certainly the most mellow of all their albums. However, it is probably their most complex that will require repeated listens to fully appreciate. Oasis talked about how Dig Out Your Soul was their psychodelic record, however they barely scratched the surface. THIS is what a modern psychodelic album should sound like. It will probably annoy the elitists that want Club Foot Part 2 but it is sure to enrapture anyone that gives it the time it deserves. Get it!
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 11 Jul 2009 14:09:06 BDT
I can't believe you've tried to abbreviate the Albums title to TWRPLA. Good review though

Posted on 19 Jul 2009 23:30:33 BDT
E. Lander says:
I am surprised that your review has been voted the most helpful, seeing as it's so long!!! Anyone with the right plugins, a sound-card & speakers/headphones (ie. almost EVERYONE!) can preview ALL the tracks from this album without even leaving this web-page, so quite why customers value your song-by-song review i'm not sure...
However your Conclusion is excellent; IMO, you'd have been better off just padding that out instead...
Cheers, Ed

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2009 23:15:53 BDT
cougarric says:
Shall we not bother reviewing then? :-)

Posted on 27 Jul 2009 19:50:58 BDT
The melody which you "swear you've heard before" on Thick as Thieves is actually from The Doors' "People Are Strange". Check it out!
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