Velociraptor! - Kasabian
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44

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  1. Sep 24, 2011
    8
    Not their best album, but not their worst. A very solid record through and through, though doesn't reach the heights of its predecessor West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum. Standout Tracks : Switchblade Smiles, Re-Wired, Goodbye Kiss, Neon Noon.
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    8
    Let's be fair... Velociraptor! didn't change my life, but man, does it sound good.

    Kasabian has had their highs and lows with me and my listening routine, Empire was a fantastic album, while their self-titled debut was great in small doses and their last album, I dare not mention by name, really crashed and burned. Velociraptor! does keep a great deal of the band's charm with the
    maturity of a band that wants to play everyday and keep their fans entertained. The first four or five listens have been met by an eager ear and I want to listen to it more.

    I wouldn't say there is a song of the year candidate, nor is it an album of the year candidate, but it has found a happy medium that I would like to call friendly.
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  3. Sep 20, 2011
    9
    It's a lot different from their previous albums, but different is not necessarily a bad thing. The pop-ish sound of Velociraptor!, with its catchy songs, is a solid, fun to listen to album
  4. Sep 25, 2011
    7
    The one thing that has truly stood out about this release is the sheer level of hype behind it. Teaser tracks were released months before release, and it sounded pretty much like Kasabian in business as normal mode. Adverts were thrown up everywhere, and the album was even made available for streaming ahead of release. Itâ
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2012
    6
    this album is a joke, a **** record
  7. 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. Expand
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. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. 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.