13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The title of Kasabian’s fifth album—which denotes its running time—may look like a larky piece of anti-branding but the band’s leader Sergio Pizzorno has said it signifies the fact it’s “a journey, not a collection of singles”. It’s a sentiment that holds with the sonic atmosphere of 48:13: a record that, from its lowercase song titles to its ravey electronica (witness the irrepressible rap-influenced wobble of “eez-eh”), successfully remoulds the Leicester outfit’s arena-sized approach.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The title of Kasabian’s fifth album—which denotes its running time—may look like a larky piece of anti-branding but the band’s leader Sergio Pizzorno has said it signifies the fact it’s “a journey, not a collection of singles”. It’s a sentiment that holds with the sonic atmosphere of 48:13: a record that, from its lowercase song titles to its ravey electronica (witness the irrepressible rap-influenced wobble of “eez-eh”), successfully remoulds the Leicester outfit’s arena-sized approach.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
793 Ratings
793 Ratings
Fashnu82 ,

Haters gonna hate...

Fresh sounds from easily the best band going. As with every Kasabian album released to date, it takes a little time to warm to the songs but once you are there, it's original music at its best. For the moaners and haters putting this down before it's even been released, you need to get a grip. It's REAL music! Not like 95% of the chart music out there. As for giving it low ratings based on an album cover, you need to be put down.

Joekickass7585 ,

Kasabian Are Back!

Listend to the album start to finish a few times. Great ride. They're back. Back to making music rather than trying to write songs like they did on the previous album. This is right up there with West Ryder & 1st album. Sign of a truly great band is they have at least 3 great albums and you don't have a favourite because they're all different with their own sound.....P.S Any fan taking an album cover or title into consideration are not music fans. Also it never did the beatles any harm on the White album did it?

silky1016 ,

Absolute Dross!

Iv heard the album and its garbage! The lyrics are so bad. I do not no why serge feels the need to be heard on every song these days Tom is heard less and less these last couple albums, serges' singing is unspeakably bad. Terribly disappointed

About Kasabian

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 farmhouse to brew its music. Communal life and a slew of shared influences produced an electronic, rock-oriented sound that harked back to the Madchester days of baggy pants and druggy dancing. Kasabian expanded that sound on later albums, but the band's foundation remained rooted in swaggering, fragmented dance textures and boisterous rock & roll.

With his acerbic approach to interviews, swaggering lead singer Tom Meighan quickly became a darling of the press during the band's infancy, and Kasabian's revolutionary logos and sleeve art only added to the excitement. Foldout poster sleeves, 10" versions, and hand-stenciled covers accompanied singles like "Club Foot," "L.S.F," and "Processed Beats." The hype paid off as Kasabian's self-titled debut cracked the Top Five in October 2004, just one month after its U.K. release. Four singles landed in the Top 20 within six months, establishing the bandmates as rock & roll royalty in the process.

Founding guitarist Chris Karloff left the lineup two years later, citing creative differences with the remaining members. Kasabian's second album, Empire, had already been recorded, and guitarist Jay Mehler was brought aboard to replace Karloff during live performances. (Mehler eventually became an official member in 2008.) Empire was ultimately released in August 2006 and debuted atop the U.K. charts, with the title track soon becoming the band's third Top Ten hit. The band took home an NME Award in 2007 and began work on another album later that year. Dan the Automator was brought in to share production duties with Sergio Pizzorno, and the resulting U.K. chart-topper, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, appeared in 2009. Automator would return for the 2011 album Velociraptor!, featuring the lead single "Switchblade Smiles." In 2013, Mehler left the group and joined former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher in his group Beady Eye, but the band carried on as a four-piece and recorded a new album with Pizzorno in the producer's chair. Named after the album's total running time, 48:13 arrived in 2014, featuring the lead single "Eez-eh." In early 2017 the band issued a pair of brand new singles, "You're in Love with a Psycho" and "Are You Looking for Action," in anticipation of the release of their much-anticipated sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, which dropped later that May. ~ David Jeffries

ORIGIN
Leicester, England
FORMED
1999

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