Velociraptor! - Kasabian
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  • Summary: The British rock band releases their fourth album, featuring production by Dan the Automator.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Sep 20, 2011
    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 27, 2011
    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.
  3. Sep 19, 2011
    Their fourth album is their best yet: bright, poppy and exciting.
  4. Sep 30, 2011
    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.
  5. Sep 26, 2011
    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.
  6. Dec 9, 2011
    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.
  7. Sep 19, 2011
    Simple Pleasures aside, Kasabian sound a little less desperate to prove themselves to Oasis fans this time around.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 20, 2011
    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 Expand
  2. Sep 24, 2011
    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. Expand
  3. Sep 22, 2011
    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.
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    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. Collapse
  5. Sep 25, 2011
    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 Expand
  6. Nov 27, 2012
    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
  7. Jan 14, 2012
    this album is a joke, a **** record