48:13 - Kasabian
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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the British indie rock band includes a near seven-minute track.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jun 19, 2014
    80
    While 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]
  2. Songwriter/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.
  3. Jul 21, 2014
    70
    The album is a lean, mean machine of singalong revolution songs and baggy jeans dance music from folks old enough to be wearing fitted by now, but the hunger to survive and flourish is as palpable as it was on their debut.
  4. Jun 19, 2014
    60
    The moves here run the gamut from belligerently derivative to deft confidence.
  5. Jul 18, 2014
    50
    Ultimately, the album still feels more like a cul-de-sac.
  6. Jun 19, 2014
    50
    It’s not a brilliant record, but if there’s good one thing to be said about 48:13, it's that it sounds like a band coming to terms with who they are and who they’re making music for, tossing pretense aside, and concentrating on being themselves.
  7. Jun 19, 2014
    20
    This album might satiate the seasoned Kasabian fan, but for anyone else it just comes across as the dated output of false prophets.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jul 12, 2014
    8
    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.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
  2. Oct 22, 2014
    8
    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,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
  3. Oct 23, 2014
    6
    I 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