Monday, 3 October 2011

Kasabian - Velociraptor!

Written for SHUlife

Released September 19


“It’s been fifteen or sixteen years since the last truly classic album, but I think we’ve done it,” says Serge Pizzorno, guitarist and songwriter of Leicester four-piece Kasabian.

Pretty standard  - Kasabian lauding themselves pre-release, claiming to be the best band on the block and the most important British band and blah blah blah.

‘Velociraptor!, the band’s fourth album, buzzes with the garage rock and synth psychedelia from which they spawned but, at times, shows a new found maturity that forgets the strident Kasabian we know for a more poignant one.

‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’ is wrapped in Arthur Lee influence as rhythm, melody and arena-rock breakdowns are effortlessly twisted together. ‘Days Are Forgotten’ has a ragged blues swagger and the cursory spaced out chorus but it’s in ‘Goodbye Kiss’ when Kasabian enter new territory with strings and hooks lifted straight from the rock n’ roll handbook of heartbreak.

‘La Fee Vert’ tries to continue the good form but crashes into a non-descript abyss while ‘Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From The Storm)’ will act as a place to hide when questioned about a so-called masterpiece as it rings with an anthemic, eastern undertone.

While ‘Velociraptor!’ has the blueprint of solidarity, it’s not classic, just good.

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