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Alternative & Indie - Released June 5, 2009 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 30, 2004 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 19, 2011 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 28, 2017 | Columbia

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The hotly anticipated sixth studio long-player from the chart-topping Leicester quartet, For Crying Out Loud delivers the usual Kasabian goods -- a truly awful album cover, nostalgia, escapism, good-natured hedonism, and more than a few festival-ready indie rock bangers with pint-smashing choruses. Any enjoyment derived from the band's particular brand of musical populism -- Oasis wanted to be the Beatles and Kasabian wanted to be Oasis -- depends largely on the listener's love for the overall brand. For Crying Out Loud certainly doesn't disappoint on that front, deploying a well-paced set of bro-ish, politically incorrect stadium jams that employ just enough swatches of sonic modernity to appeal to the indie/electropop crowd. Standouts like the swaggering opener "Ill Ray (The King)," its equally snide sibling and lead single "You're in Love with a Psycho," the rousing "Bless This Acid House," and the unapologetically Fab Four-inspired closer "Put Your Life on It" stick their landings because they never skimp on the fun. Simply put, For Crying Out Loud works because the band knows exactly what its listeners want. © James Christopher Monger /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released December 18, 2006 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2014 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released August 27, 2004 | RCA Records Label

Pre-release hubbub might have you thinking Kasabian's debut is the Stone Roses' firstborn all over again, or that it's a Screamadelica for its generation. Almost, but these lads could use one more spin around the U.K.'s hippest clubs to really polish their craft to Madchester-in-its-prime level. What their debut succeeds in providing is out-of-the-gate excitement, a trippy sack of playful ideas, and a keen understanding of what makes hips sway and heads bob. If hearing Stereolab backing Ian Brown is your dream, "Reason Is Treason" should be your indie rock seducer. If you always wished prog rock danced in baggy jeans, "Test Transmission" should do it. A couple tracks that are show-ers more than grow-ers keep the album from being perfect, but when a Disneyland/Perrey-Kingsley-style keyboard riff plays over a dubby landscape and then gives way to an earnest, catchy hippie chorus, you can't help but fall in love with this ambitious, smart band. You can fill the ashtray with roaches during the cinematic "Butcher Blues" and make your Tangerine Dream-loving friend happy with the space rock meets angst rock of "U Boat." Lead singer Tom Meighan is one part Jagger and one part Richards, with a Beatles haircut and quote-generating, rebellious-interview mouth. They all live together commune style and their sleeves and badges use near-Rage Against the Machine imagery. Heavy, but their debut is a shaggy kind of charming that would work better if you tripped over it instead of having the hype trying to squeeze the word "revolutionary" out of your throat. Painting them as rock's saviors just makes the overly ambitious moments of the album look all that much bigger. Some serious heartbreak, or life for a little while outside of the commune, should broaden these songwriters' abilities to the level promised, but for now they're just exciting, groovy, and proud fathers of a dazzling debut. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 8, 2009 | Columbia

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Pop - Released September 19, 2006 | RCA Records Label

Practicing truth in advertising, U.K. rockers Kasabian move away from the revolutionary sleeve art that graced their debut and onto something more ornate for their elaborate follow-up album, Empire. Attacking the sophomore jinx head-on, Empire tries hard to be urgent, epic, and important, and the grand mishmash of influences -- the Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones -- is delivered with all the conviction and swagger one desires from the scruffy crew with the Oasis-sized ego. Adding to this jumble are Sweet, Slade, and Ian Brown, who are all equally responsible for the opening title cut. Glammed-up rebel music, "Empire" is a satisfying, busy rocker that gives way to the interesting rave-up "Shoot the Runner," which would be very T. Rex if it wasn't for the Euro-disco Giorgio Moroder-styled bridge. From here 'til the album's final stretch, twists, turns, and time changes are in abundance and imagination runs wild as Brit-pop smokes a hookah and sits on a multicolored toadstool. Lost in all this is the instantly grabbing songwriting of Kasabian's debut, and to some extent, the bandmembers themselves, who often seem to be riding this swirl instead of guiding it. They regain control right about "By My Side," a memorable, lush tune that suggests what it would sound like if James Bond film themes had proper B-sides. The winding "Stuntman" is as ambitious as anything else here but the pieces all fall into place for a change, and by the time the perfect, slowly developing closer "The Doberman" rolls around, this unapproachable effort has sort of explained itself and even seduced a little. Repeat listens help put things in place, and a familiarity with the band helps a lot, so go to their much more focused debut for the real punch, then come here when you want something bigger but not necessarily better. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Pop/Rock - Released January 25, 2005 | Arista

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2014 | Columbia

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Rock - Released August 28, 2006 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 29, 2009 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released July 4, 2005 | Sony BMG Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 17, 2012 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 15, 2013 | Sony Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 17, 2017 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 27, 2009 | Columbia

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Pop/Rock - Released May 23, 2005 | RCA Records Label

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 13, 2004 | Paradise