Empire - Kasabian
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  • Summary: 'Empire' marks the second release for the English dance-rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. There's going to be a hearty scrap between this lot, Muse and the Monkeys when album of the year time comes round.
  2. Naysayers may write this off as a derivative mash up of early-'90s indie moves, but on Empire Kasabian have become bigger than the sum of their record collections. [Oct 2006, p.116]
  3. 80
    Empire arrives with the same frazzled mien as Oasis' What's The Story (Morning Glory); alive with paranoia, delivered with an unshakeable self-belief. It's relentless stuff. [Sep 2006, p.80]
  4. On the whole, it’s a good second step, but hopefully step three is more in line with the shock and awe the first album contained.
  5. 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.
  6. Yes, Kasabian's sound is now noticeably fuller and more sophisticated, bolstered by their inspired decision to assimilate Gary Glitter's glam stomp into their heady electro-rock. But this is still a band that too often struggles for tunes to match the chutzpah.
  7. What we're offered here is pretty much a second take on the discordant beeps, Mani-ripped basslines and lazy hip hop breaks of their first album, with the addition of some hideously nipped and tucked string samples padding out their attempted lyrical bravado.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. JohnW
    Sep 19, 2006
    10
    Not for everyone I'm afraid, but great pop all the same.
  2. JTDMan
    Oct 16, 2006
    9
    Great album - almost as good as the first - could get better with more listens.
  3. JacobM
    Sep 19, 2006
    8
    I highly disagree with the overwhelmingly negative votes on this album. I listen to a wide range of music and this is one of those albums I like to blast while Im hitting the open freeway or during the heat of a party. I can understand that the album is not wholly original or doesnt break amazing new ground in rock music, but none the less I love listening to it and enjoy it thouroughly regardless of all the rock snobbery some may hold Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    This may not be Kasabian's finest, but it's certainly a great record. The Primal Scream influence is more apparent on this album and is far stronger than their first. The album is grand and epic, albeit only 40 minutes long, which demands to be replayed. Its a near perfect dance rock record, and a great British album. Standout tracks are as follows; Empire, Shoot the Runner, Stuntman. Expand
  5. kvan33
    Dec 22, 2006
    6
    Not horrible, but a disappointment compared to their previous album. None of the songs are really amazing and the whole album insn't very inspired. Expand
  6. JohnP
    Jan 5, 2007
    4
    After seeing the band 2 times and listening to the debut CD a zillon times I felt like an expectant father when I heard of the release date for Empire. Unfortunatley it was more a miscarriage than a birth. Expand
  7. Craig
    Sep 19, 2006
    0
    Boring, a c-class primal scream rip off.

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