When Kasabian first stepped onto the scene, they were branded as ‘Lad-Rock’ and followed in the footsteps of Oasis; adopting their larger than life attitude, boisterousstage presence and became another band for the indie branch of England’s football hooligans.
Their 2004 debut shone and gave the world their electronica-infused alternative rock whilst demonstrating their ability to experiment as well as maintain a concept within the record.Seven years later here we are with Kasabians fourth album ‘Velocirapter!’ which when asked where the name for the album came from, guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, said, “Velociraptors used to hunt in packs of four, they were the rock’n’roll band of the dinosaurs.”.
The album is full of 60’s and 70’s Beatles inspired psychedelic riffs, 80’s electro synths and 90’s Oasis Rock but all blended together with Kasabian’s stadium swagger and attitude.
‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’ starts the album off with a bang (well with a gong actually). The song lays down the foundation for the rest of the album to follow. With a psychedelic 60’s inspired groove throughout and a roaring chorus, this song definitely stands out as a highlight of the album. ‘Days Are Forgotten‘ follows on with its similar sound and James Bond theme-tune style.
Title track ‘Velocirapter!’ is where the album feels like it steps up a gear and is by far the most energetic track on the album getting to the closest thing to an “Arena Anthem’ you’d expect from the band. ‘Acid Turkish Bath’ starts to hint at a more experimental side with its blend of big orchestras and psychedelic symphonies all rounded off with Kasabian’s drawn out vocal harmonies. If MGMT and Kasabian ever went on a date their love child would sound similar to this.
‘I Hear Voices’ is where the album definitely shifts into the more experimental electro phase. The song sounds like it would belong in an old arcade game rather than on an album but its brilliant. A perfect mix of old school electro synths with a heart pumping pre chorus that explodes into a joygasm for the ears.
‘Re-Wired’ briefly takes the album back into the Indie Rock era, but still has a very slight electro feel during the verse at parts, but in all a standard rock and roll and ‘Man of Simple Pleasures’ again sinks the band into experimental with an intro that’s very reminiscent of ‘Gorrillaz’ songs.
‘Switchblade Smiles’ sees the return of the electro influence once more; a very ambitious song that takes elements from Oasis’ ‘Fucking In The Bushes’ but mixes it up with electro synths and heavy bass.
And finally we end the album on ‘Neon Noon’; a very gentle and beautiful song that finishes off the album perfectly.
Whilst the album as a whole is not the game changer “West Ryder…” was and there’s no obvious stand out song such as ‘Club Foot,’ ‘Im On Fire,’ or ‘Underdog,’ to be an instant crowd pleaser but it’s a nice surprise that they didn’t just tread the obvious boards once again.
As an album its still full of strong tunes, a little more experimentation and a lot more self beleif that they don’t have to replicate the Oasis sound to be the natural successors to the Gallaghers throne.
8 / 10