• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2006
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. It is better than the eponymous debut, although not to the level that their self-satisfaction with it would suggest, and there is still a distinct lack of consistency and a feeling that occasionally while you can see who and what they're aiming at, they miss quite considerably.
  2. 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.
  3. Spin
    60
    Empire constantly changes its focus. [Oct 2006, p.99]
  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. Kasabian can’t do anything besides snarl, a limitation that’s starting to show after only two albums.
  7. It may not be fair to rag on the group for picking the wrong decade to rip off, but right now Kasabian's allegiance to the '90s sounds especially uninspired.
  8. "Empire"... isn't quite as refreshing as its self-titled debut, but it again finds the U.K. quartet strutting off in its own direction, oblivious to the ridiculousness that sometimes characterizes its compulsive bids to be hip.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. 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 veryAfter 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 toaccept 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 Full Review »
  3. MarcoB
    Jul 1, 2007
    8
    after only buying it couple of days ago, i believe it is one those album u hav to listen to over and over. It gradually grows on u and next after only buying it couple of days ago, i believe it is one those album u hav to listen to over and over. It gradually grows on u and next thing u know ur frothing at the mouth with excitement when u hear it on the radio. So far empire, sun rise light flies, and british legion have had that effect on me. Tbh, when i first got black holes and revelations by muse and sam's town by the killers (best band out there!!) i felt the same, and all it took was listening to the album a cupla times before i simply fell weak at the knees with excitement whenever i listened to them. All you Kasabian haters don't be so quik to judge, sit down relax, and fire up Empire (the album) till your ears bleed. You will begin to appreciate. Full Review »