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

 

Single Review – Kasabian – Are You Looking For Action?

If you are looking for action, Kasabian’s second track to preview For Crying Out Loud – released early May – is a decent place to start. All 8 minutes and 22 seconds of Are You Looking for Action? is filled with mellow psychedelic rock, opening with an infectious bassline and shuffling percussion, and continuing in a vein of unrelenting funk. The reverberating vocals help give the track a smooth flow, only to add to the kaleidoscopic feel and variations of the eclectic single. And though the track follows a more pop-centric edge, compared to the likes of their other triumphs Bumblebeee and Club Foot to name a few, it remains classically Kasabian in its sharp guitar accents and its ability to keep the listeners engaged via its unpredictability, despite its lengthy duration. It’s not Kasabian’s most ground-breaking release, and certainly doesn’t have the effect or status as some of their back catalogue, but it makes for something a little different and something pretty fun.
Eleanor Chivers.

Single Review – Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho 

Kasabian are back with a flash. There will be no drawn out release period as their sixth studio album For Crying Out Loud as it will be released on April 28th. They’ve already trialled one of their new tracks ‘Comeback Kid’ on FIFA 17 game released last year. Their first single release proper is ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’. It is a buoyant track with a keen rhythm and churning rhythm section and this allows for Tom and Serge the freedom to lay their vocals down how they wish. They do this well in the verses as they mirror the arrangement, but lose this discipline slightly in the chorus. It still sounds good and will be a great live track, but perhaps this song is not as strong as it could be as it loses their key punchy component. The reception to their most recent albums has been up and down and with Serge Pizzorno rightly claiming that guitar music needs reviving, this album will serve as a test of their ability to make a huge impact outside of the festival fields and in the big bad world. A world where they garnered a mixed response. Is this the album to save guitar music? From what we’ve heard the jury is still out on that. 

Owen Riddle