Kasabian - Kasabian

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. An unstoppable, intense and astonishing assault on the senses that gives a respectable nod to the past while it blazes a trail to the future. [#9]
  2. This is how the Stone Roses' Second Coming could have - should have - sounded.
  3. Whether it is described as danceable rock, rock-infused dance or sinister Britpop, Kasabian has made an excellent debut album.
  4. The Primal's early, earthy strut is matched here and wrested to the dark side – Jesus and Mary's Black Rebel Motorcycle Chain, all atmospherics, with huge, galloping riffs.
  5. If imitation is the biggest form of flattery, everyone involved in the Manchester scene circa 1988 will be smiling ear to ear when they hear Kasabian.
  6. Kasabian's paranoid mindset is so in tune with the zeitgeist you almost imagine singer Tom Meighan has a sell-by date stamped on the arse of his corduroy strides. [4 Sep 2004, p.71]
  7. 70
    Takes the most accessible aspects of the house-soaked, pre-Britpop scene and crafts a swaggering debut that places songwriting suss firmly above pointless posturing. [Oct 2004, p.97]
  8. 70
    [A] big, bold, rock-for-the-dance-floor romp. [Jun 2005, p.84]
  9. Kasabian dutifully makes good on the grand tradition. [Apr/May 2005, p.136]
  10. More balls than brains, but it's that swaggering, careless spirit that gives Kasabian its razor-sharp edge.
  11. Approaching this album, I was skeptical. I was convinced it would be one of those albums with three good songs (the singles) and a load of filler. But it’s actually a solid, quality album with a smattering of great tunes and loads of shuffly beats that will make you lose control of your feet.
  12. Such are the highs, the weaker material suffers by comparison. [Sep 2004, p.111]
  13. Much has been made of Kasabian's attempts to blend electronic sounds within those of a more conventional rock outfit... Yet for all that, I'm not fully convinced that the attempts here are always successful. At times the band doesn't seem to have fully integrated it into their sound; the two elements often come off as separate entities.
  14. Still waiting for the next Lo Fidelity Allstars album? Wish there were more Stereo MC's-like stuff in car ads? Wondering where great songwriting teams like Gallagher/Gallagher have gone? Then Kasabian were made for you! They offer all the same thrills of the aforementioned artists, and they sound like Primal Scream, too!
  15. Kasabian need an aptitude for more than just attitude. [11 Mar 2005, p.104]
  16. Kasabian is brash, loutish, and seems liable at times to cut you; the consistent kick drum beat throughout it is like a great party's heartbeat. But like the roustabout in the corner, drinking all the lager and scratching up your old records, it can be more loudmouthed than substantial.
  17. Let it be said here first: Kasabian is indisputably one of the most important albums of 1997. Unfortunately, it’s 2005, and we’re left wondering just what the hell they're trying to pull.
  18. 40
    Their tedious bravado is more entertaining than their music. [Apr 2005, p.122]
  19. There isn't much substance to the band's secondhand dance rock.
  20. Sure this album may well sound awesome if you’ve just snorted a metre of charlie or recently breakfasted from a menu of ‘shrooms and LSD, but for sober ears it’s enough to drive anyone to drugs.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 78 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. Feb 6, 2014
    Genre: Rock
    A superbly confident debut album that brings something a little bit different to the genre. There is a reason this rock band are
    still selling out arena's and headlining festivals a decade on. Full Review »
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    Kasabian are one of those bands I feel deserve a lot of credit for experminenting and being ambitious with their psychadelic rock sound. The best thing about them is if you stripped away the trickery and peeled away the layers, they do write really really good songs. Strangely enough, Kasabian's debut album was the last one that I listened to. I bought Empire and liked it but only when I got Velocoraptor and was really impressed that I went back through their albums again. Their debut is an excellent record, not perfect but they have a unique sound and the record shows plenty of ambition. Of course Clubfoot, still their most recognisable tune, is the standout track, but there is so much to like throughout this album. Full Review »
  3. Jan 14, 2012
    The Primal Scream wannabe tried their at the debut, well.... it done darn good job