When British doomers My Dying Bride released Evinta back in May, fans knew they were in for something different. The full-length CD featured some of the band's early works reanimated by classical-music instruments.
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.
What do you say that hasn’t been said about Noel Gallagher -- or that he hasn’t already said himself? He was the chief songwriter for Oasis and put British rock back on the map after The Beatles were done invading. High Flying Birds is far more mellow than anything you’ve heard, beginning to end, from Oasis. Is that because the hard-charging Liam isn’t howling out the lyrics, or is it that we’ve found a much more mellow Noel? Seems a bit of both.