Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud (Columbia Records)
Genre – Indie rock
Through the cracks of the skinny jean wearing, trilby topped days of indie rock, emerged Kasabian with their powerful blend of indie rock, dripping in laddish appeal.
This laddish appeal, which is derived mainly from their footballing obsessions and love of their home town club, has led to plenty of unfair criticism, but Kasabian have shrugged this off time and time again, and charged their way to the top through hard work, determination and great fucking music.
With the release of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 2009, Kasabian propelled their way toward greatness, becoming a band that were rightfully touted as major festival headliners and a genuine arena headline act.
The last eight years have been a steady rise for the Leicester boys, and For Crying Out Loud is another forward step for this immensely talented band.
Opening with lll Ray (The King), Kasabian dive straight in with a fast paced, jaunty, dance rock track that sees Meighan’s chanty vocals direct the track before you’re hit with that big, euphoric chorus that is so typical of their writing style. Lyrically, they may receive some flak for ‘bring me a milkshake, don’t forget the straw’, but aside from this, lll Ray (The King), packs all the punch associated with the five piece, offering a blood pumping opener that gets better with each listen.
The uplifting opener paves the way perfectly for what is to come – pure Kasabian goodness! You’re In Love With A Psycho and TwentyFourSeven are filled with all the swagger you’d associate with their hits, with big electric sounds, chanting, lecturous vocals and experimental, electronic distortion all coming together to create a first half that takes no prisoners.
For Crying Out Loud may start with a blast, but it’s the mid album track Comeback Kid where the party really comes to life, both sonically and lyrically. Comeback Kid sees Meighan’s seemingly random use of phrases at its skatty best with terms like ‘sasquatch in a bin bag’ belting out of the mic, before a chorus of ‘reap what you sow, Comeback kid’ takes Kasabian to their sing along best.
This fist pumping anthem is followed up by the brilliant acoustic The Party Never Ends, which sees the southern appeal of Thick As Theives from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum reborn. Unfortunately for fans, the remaining tracks on the album tend to be hit and miss, with the eight minute Are You Ready For The Action going for far too long and Bless This Acid House seeming like something straight out of a trip.
Although these final tracks may be questionable, the overall quality of the album is top notch, and fans will not be disappointed. Kasabian have once again pushed themselves to create something new, rather than resting on their laurels, and the truth is, there’s no one out there that are doing what they do – to quote Jose Mourinho ‘there isn’t even a bad copy.’
RUSHONROCK RATED – 8.5/10 Sasquatch in a bin bag! Sasquatch in a bin bag!