Velociraptor! - Kasabian
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 20, 2011
    90
    Love them or loathe them, it is hard to ignore the brash confidence with which the band take another giant stride towards stadium dominance.
  2. Sep 20, 2011
    88
    For the most part, Velociraptor! is a stellar representation of K-sabes magnificence and dexterity.
  3. Sep 30, 2011
    80
    Kasabian have been a band of post-Brit-pop possibilities from the get go, so bringing in techno, ethnic sounds, and an orchestra is coming home for this impudent crew.
  4. 80
    LP number four adds the Kasabian touch to other genres in an electrifying scattershot that still feels coherent and whole.
  5. Sep 27, 2011
    80
    Brain tickling aside, this is a supremely enjoyable, stylish, and modern-sounding record, which isn't easy to pull off for a guitar band with a tendency to look backward.
  6. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    In crafting their best album to date, the Leicester quartet will almost certainly haunt the charts and the airwaves for many, many months to come. [Oct 2011, p.114]
  7. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    Velociraptor! makes good on the pair's loud-mouthed claims by stripping away previous excess. [Oct 2011, p.91]
  8. 80
    As on the splendid West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Kasabian talk a good fight with Velociraptor--and if the results don't quite bear out the bluster, that's probably more a reflection of the excellence of its predecessor than a measure of its own shortcomings.
  9. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    Kasabian have always talked a great album, but Velociraptor! sees them deliver with verve and imagination. [Oct 2011, p.94]
  10. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    It's the sound of a band growing in confidence and mapping out their future.
  11. 80
    This is an album with much to love about it, but it falls just short of their real game-changer, West Ryder.
  12. Sep 19, 2011
    80
    Their fourth album is their best yet: bright, poppy and exciting.
  13. Sep 21, 2011
    72
    While Kasabian has proven its ability to construct impressive, tightly-wound songs that succeed on their own terms as genre exercises of sorts, they haven't been able to blend those disparate elements together into something they can truly call their own.
  14. Dec 9, 2011
    70
    It's retro and ridiculous; it's music that sounds like what tight trousers strutting down the boulevard with maximum attitude looks like, and it will likely sound even better in an arena filled with thousands upon thousands of partisan fanatics.
  15. Oct 6, 2011
    70
    For Kasabian fans this will be a fine, perhaps even happy result--another album in a similar vein to satiate your lust for new music, but the nagging thought catches as it wonders how new, interesting or innovative any of this really is; the short answer is no, it's not.
  16. Sep 26, 2011
    70
    Even if Velociraptor! isn't quite the album the band promised it would be (it's practically impossible for Kasabian to live up to their own self-conjured hype), it should be enough to prolong their tenure as British rock royalty.
  17. Sep 20, 2011
    70
    Velociraptor! is an energetic, upbeat, gleeful pastiche of almost every form of English pop devised over the past four decades. If you're gonna be a dinosaur, might as well be a fast one.
  18. Sep 19, 2011
    70
    If you love Kasabian you might think Velociraptor! is a 9/10 album, but for the rest of us it's a salt-seasoned, Spielberg-sponsored 7/10.
  19. 60
    The "big-in-England" quartet's fourth release is more of the same that made them so admired overseas;ie trippy yet expansive psychedelic Brit-pop sung and played with attitude (some may say ego), a whip smart attention to melody and an arena sensibility/swagger that screams "rock stars."
  20. Sep 20, 2011
    60
    Velociraptor! is neither the classic Pizzorno insists it is, nor the numbskull stadium rock cynics will presume it is.
  21. Sep 19, 2011
    60
    So while Velociraptor! takes us to a few different destinations than we may have expected, it is ultimately going to elicit the same divisive response which its three predecessors did.
  22. Sep 20, 2011
    50
    For the most part, it feels like either overweening confidence or desire to snare rudderless Oasis fans has led to Kasabian attempting the sort of conventional guitar pop record that they've always so successfully avoided making.
  23. Sep 19, 2011
    40
    Simple Pleasures aside, Kasabian sound a little less desperate to prove themselves to Oasis fans this time around.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    7
    Kind of album you'll hear while getting high. Everything here seems very drug-alike, the voice, the lyrics or the sound of the music. I really enjoy chilling to this album with songs like "Acid Turkish Bath", "La Fée Verte" or "Days Are Forgotten". The best track on the CD is, of course, the 2nd single "Re-Wired", which is a great rock track, in contrast to the rest of 'Velociraptor!'. The tunes are catchy and the songs are diversive. It's nothing really spectacular but defintely good work. Full Review »
  2. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    It's still just bass driven rock and roll but its a big improvement on it's predecessor "West Ryder..." which was as strange a record as it's title. Velociraptor is Kasabians best record closely followed by Empire. Although there's nothing here that matches "Fire" in terms of anthems, the album as a whole is quality stuff from beginning to end. Would recommend to anyone who likes their rock with a bit of atmosphere to it. Full Review »
  3. Jan 14, 2012
    6
    this album is a joke, a **** record