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. 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
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    After showing some real potential on their eponymous debut, Kasabian shows signs of further progression on this follow up. It's a very ambitious record with elements of dance thrown in but it's when they are rocking out that this record takes off. The final 2 tracks are really strong. One of the problems with this record was that the band bigged it up a bit too much before it's release a la Oasis and it backfired a bit. Still well worth having in your music collection though. Expand
  3. Jan 14, 2012
    3
    accept for the few notable tracks, "Empire", "Shoot The Runner", "Me Plus One" which shows that Kasabian is only wise at choosing singles to release , this is nothing but crappy, trippy songs Expand

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