Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud Review 

Kasabian have been around for what feels like forever, arguably reviving and/or rebranding the idea of indie rock music in the early 2000s, with advert-ready anthems carried by a dominant bass to drown out questionable lyrics. The days of such an approach– the one that outlined classics like Fire, Club Foot and Shoot the Runner, just to name a few – seem to have passed us by. The new offering, For Crying Out Loud, strips back the overstated mechanical instrumentalism explored in 48:13, with Serge Pizzorno promising that the album he took six weeks to write would “save guitar music from the abyss.” True, it is a lot more guitar centric than the likes of eez-eh and bumblebeee, but saving guitar music? That’s quite a stretch.I’m going to jump right in and say there’s nothing exciting about this album at all. Any kind of character it was meant to have has been lost amongst reams of meaningless, predictable rock nothingness. Kasabian are meant to have verve, produce fresh personas and perspectives, but the tracklist here just feels like something that’s been done before, and probably with a lot more passion. Even potential highlights are encumbered by boringness; the spark of disco innovation in Are You Looking for Action? is lost in its monotony extended over 8 minutes and 22 seconds. The amplified numbers – Ill Ray (The King), Twentyfourseven, Bless This Acid House – are nothing to write home about, not reaching the heights of their plethora of previous crowd-pleasing anthems. The best chance of revitalising For Crying Out Loud is by buying the deluxe edition, which includes a second disc of live versions of their much-better back catalogue.

If you weren’t a fan of the mechanics that undercut 48:13, or the quirky indie-disco of other elements of their repertoire, and fancy a bit of no-nonsense rock, then maybe For Crying Out Loud is for you. Comeback Kid is undeniably the catchiest track, with a focus on bass and roaring lyrics. Tom Meighan takes centre stage as the brazen titular lyrics of You’re in Love with a Psycho drone. Album closer Put Your Life On It recalls vintage rock rooted in Beatles methodology. They are not completely radical tracks, but decent tracks all the same – something many may critics argue Kasabian have been missing for a long time.

So, it feels as though Kasabian should be reaching into their inventory for tracks to whip up the crowds at the festivals their headlining this year. The most thrilling part of the album is the Kasabian branding – one that usually promises something that is at least fun. Not this time, I’m afraid.

Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud: 5/10

Eleanor Chivers


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