Kasabian - Kasabian
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  • Summary: Named after Charles Manson's getaway driver, the British quartet Kasabian drew comparisons to The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, and Primal Scream with this debut LP.
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  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. Whether it is described as danceable rock, rock-infused dance or sinister Britpop, Kasabian has made an excellent debut album.
  3. 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.
  4. More balls than brains, but it's that swaggering, careless spirit that gives Kasabian its razor-sharp edge.
  5. Such are the highs, the weaker material suffers by comparison. [Sep 2004, p.111]
  6. 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!
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 44
  2. Negative: 3 out of 44
  1. JimmyS
    Jul 4, 2005
    Excellent album, heard LSF on a free CD with a magazine and bought the album on the strength of that one song. Best decision I ever made. Keeps at a level of quality that no other album I've listened to in years has. Great music, great beats, gread band. Consistently brilliant! Expand
  2. SlobodanS
    Aug 6, 2005
    Simply excellent
  3. JonN
    Apr 21, 2005
    This is a nice step back to the old Madchester days, brought up to day with thumping basslines and good use of electronic shenanigans. Not a single dull track to be found. Astonishing. Expand
  4. MichelleK
    Apr 13, 2007
    Awesome Album, awesome live band. what else can i say. Best Tracks: LSF, Cutt Off, ID, Club Foot, Processed Beats
  5. rogert
    Mar 8, 2005
    anyone need more proof that Rolling Stone SUCKS? I find the music to be quite good, much better than typical "radio rock." This album has been out for a while but MTV2 finally featured them over the weekend. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. shitestershits
    Sep 16, 2006
    The biggest bunch of cunts in rock music! all their albums are shite.shoot the runner is afucking joke, they are fom fucking leicester! not manchester! fucking leicester! hope they die in a horrific plane crash Expand

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