Review: Kasabian — 'Velociraptor!'
Kasabian never seem to start slowly. They always seem to be shot out of a cannon. And when you name your album Velociraptor! (with an exclamation point), you'd better be.
Kasabian said they’d do something different from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, and they were kind of right. “Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To” could have easily fit on the last album. “Man of Simple Pleasure” would have also fit happily on West Ryder with its cool, laid-back style that launches into a gorgeous chorus.
Then comes “Days Are Forgotten,” which takes you back to the Kasabian of old, when they would kick the doors down with their beat-oriented style. It has a similar feeling and carries on with a great hook, not unlike “Reason for Treason” or other hits from their past. “Switchblade Smiles” continues with the techno beats that never relent. Kasabian pushes straight-forward through this brilliant tune.
Let’s not forget that Kasabian can write good love songs. “Goodbye Kiss” can still drop a beat, regardless of how sappy the song might come off. That chill attitude flows over into the Lennon-eque “La Fee Verte.”
Then there are the usual silly Kasabian songs you could easily write off as nonsense if it weren’t for the band's ability to turn even the most inane lyrics into something fantastic. “Velociraptor” might have the worst lyrics of any song you’ll hear, and yet like Blur’s “Song 2,” you can’t escape the melody; I can still hear it. “Velociraptor / He’s gonna find ya / he’s gonna kill ya / he’s gonna eat ya." It’s coming to a TV commercial near you.
“I Hear Voices” sounds like a hit from the ‘80s borrowed from Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer.” This is four minutes of synthetic joy.
Velociraptor! is damn good from beginning to end. It might take a handful of listens to really feel it in your soul, but that’s the beauty of a good album. Kasabian seems to be the one group who can deliver consistently good albums from beginning to end.
Tons of songs you won't soon forget. Kasabian get back to their roots.
A few songs are good, but the lyrics leave much to be desired.
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