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Editors’ Notes

The third release by Kasabian is a good mix of what originally earned the band a following and a brand new direction. Essentially, Kasabian is still an electro-rock band but they’ve widened their sound to include songwriting subtleties well beyond pounding dance-floor beats and fuzz bass as on “Fast Fuse,” “Thick As Thieves,” and “Fire,” which are all catchy without coming across as one-dimensional. Sure, the band still throws down some serious grooves (“Take Aim,” “Vlad the Impaler,” “Fire”), they just offset them with slower moments that almost veer into power-ballad territory (“Ladies and Gentlemen,” “Happiness”). Elsewhere there are loopy psychedelic touches, jagged guitar riffs, and enough catchy choruses to fill a stadium. The album is produced by Dan the Automator (of Gorillaz fame) who alternates between harsh (“Underdog”), clean (“Swarfiga”), and simply trippy backgrounds (“West Ryder Silver Bullet”), all of which fit snugly into the whole concept. All together, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is certainly the most varied, and arguably the best, Kasabian release so far.

Customer Reviews

This band is growing

Kasabian has a confidence here that I've never seen from them. What I like is how this is unmistakably Kasabian yet it is so different from their first two albums. Underdog 9/10 Where...9/10 Swarf...4/10 Fast Fuse 7/10 Take Aim 7/10 Thick As...7/10 West...8/10 Vlad...8/10 Ladies...9/10 Secrets...8/10 Fire...9/10 happiness 8/10

Top notch!!!

This album is brilliant. Again, these lads exceed all expectations and have recorded another kick @*$ rock’n’roll record!!! Well done and worth a listen...

Kasabian Never Fails!!! and this 3rd album is AWESOME and adds to the bands greatness!!!!!

I first started listening to Kasabian when the free Club Foot single was available on itunes. I loved that song sooo much that I ended up buying their first album, and then I bought their second, and finally this album just adds to the awesomeness Kasabian has! Every one of their albums has a little twist or something to spice up their music! This album is a must buy! Its got a mix of some techno beats and kind of some Western themed songs as well, with classic Kasabian rock in it! Buy the whole album if you can, or at least all the songs! Keep at Kasabian! You guys will never fail! This album is fiiiirrrrreeeeeee!!!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Leicester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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