Q MagazineJun 19, 2014While there's lots to admire in this clearing of the creative pipes, 48:13 is ultimately proof that great albums are all about the numbers. [Jul 2014, p.98]
Jun 19, 2014Songwriter/producer Sergio Pizzorno opted for a more slimmed-down sound, stripping away layers of sound to allow the ideas to speak more clearly.... It’s a brave but largely successful move, as is the shift from mainly guitar-riff-based songs to ones predominantly fuelled by synthesisers.
Oct 22, 2014Not really their most successful album, but it is still a good effort. With the exception of eez-eh, everything else is fine. For example,Not really their most successful album, but it is still a good effort. With the exception of eez-eh, everything else is fine. For example, bumblebeee has a pretty catchy tune. So, all in all - it is a good album, but not as good as their previous ones.… Expand
Jul 12, 201448:13 succeeds at sounding stylish and modern without discarding Kasabian's rock 'n' roll roots, with the exception of tracks such as eez-eh.48:13 succeeds at sounding stylish and modern without discarding Kasabian's rock 'n' roll roots, with the exception of tracks such as eez-eh. Tracks that stand out include Bumblebee, Stevie and Clouds. It may not be the best Kasabian album but it sure is a hit.… Expand
Jun 11, 2015Kasabians 5th offering consists of a couple of great tracks, a handful of treading water moments and some pointless interludes that add noKasabians 5th offering consists of a couple of great tracks, a handful of treading water moments and some pointless interludes that add no value. If the album as a whole came earlier in their career, I'd be more impressed but as is, I've heard Kasabian do this better up to now. "Bumblebee" is a mentaller of a tune, as good as anything they've done before. Lead single "Eez-Eh" is horrendous and right down with their most forgettable stuff. I reckon this album has put them under pressure to deliver for album number 6.… Expand
Mar 19, 2015Kasabian's 5th full length album "48:13" marked the 10 year anniversary of their self titled debut and although the band have certainly subtlyKasabian's 5th full length album "48:13" marked the 10 year anniversary of their self titled debut and although the band have certainly subtly evolved since then with albums such as 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' (2009) and 'Velociraptor!' (2011) whether they have improved is another question.
Opening with the short introduction track 'Shiva', there is clear electronic influences displayed, influences which have always been a part of Kasabian's sound throughout the past 10 years. This track flows awfully unnaturally into the heavy rocker 'Bumblebee' and although the track itself isn't bad the unnatural flow of tracks shown here is something which annoyingly appears on many occasions throughout this album.
Largely it is an inconsistent album in terms of quality. There are examples of some of the best things Kasabian have done like 'Stevie', the infectious groove of 'Treat' and lead single 'Eez-Zeh' which although somewhat silly, is a definite grower. In contrast to this, the tracks 'Doomsday' and 'Glass' in particular lyrically are awful and the less said about the half-arsed foray into r&b the better.
In general this album is far from awful but is equally far from great and on the whole displays how Kasabian are a band who are seemingly more at home on stage rather than in the studio.… Expand
Oct 23, 2014I respect Kasabian for opting to change their style; always a brave move in the modern industry. Whether they've pulled it off however, isI respect Kasabian for opting to change their style; always a brave move in the modern industry. Whether they've pulled it off however, is perhaps up for debate. Musically, the album is very good and much more electronic in style than their previous material. Lyrically however it's average in places. Take "everyday is brutal, now we're being watched by Google" as your example. Like all Kasabian albums, the singles are selected well. 'Bumblebee' and 'Stevie' are two of the strongest on the album. However, this time around, 'Eez-eh' is not up to that standard, along with the filler tracks lurking around the middle. This style is perhaps the start of a new Kasabian who'll achieve even bigger things in years to come, however I don't think it's quite there at the moment. Still, not a bad effort. I look forward to their next release.… Expand
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