West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

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  • Summary: The third studio album for the British band was produced by Dan the Automator.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    A world away from their ladrock roots, you might say.
  2. The resulting epic is barmy and beautiful, suggesting that while Kasabian's amps go up to 11, they can also sound good when they're turned down to four.
  3. Sounding more like Animal Collective than The La’s, in these times when one wrong move is seeing bands of Kasabian’s stature sink like stones, it seemed a brave comeback.
  4. West Ryder is innovative rock'n'roll: traditional instruments freshened up with modern technology. [Summer 2009, p.67]
  5. The result is an interesting, unexpected piece of work, devoid of a militantly commercial single like Empire's self-titled track, and lacking the shaggy Madchester vibes that Christopher Karloff brought to 2004's Kasabian.
  6. All of which leads you to conclude that in their struggle to position themselves, Kasabian are trying too hard to be all things to all men.
  7. Thing is, most of the songs on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, while never outright abhorrent on their own, just aren’t tight enough to keep from being devoured by all the sonic excess.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. JackieK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This album is amazing.
  2. Pedro
    Jul 29, 2009
    10
    Shit hot album. his will be seen as a classic in years to come - a 21st century Exile on Main Street.
  3. Jan 10, 2012
    10
    This was the 1st Kasabian album that I have listened to in full, and the more you listen it the better it sounds, Where did all the lover go,This was the 1st Kasabian album that I have listened to in full, and the more you listen it the better it sounds, Where did all the lover go, Fast Fuse, Fire all great indie classics, Expand
  4. dexterP
    Jun 13, 2009
    9
    Absolutely beautiful album from Kasabian, every track just fits together perfectly and makes a nice change to a lot of repetetive stuff Absolutely beautiful album from Kasabian, every track just fits together perfectly and makes a nice change to a lot of repetetive stuff coming out at the moment, album of the year until Muse's 5th LP comes out. Expand
  5. TwelveV
    Jul 7, 2009
    9
    Grows on you after a few plays.
  6. DustinW
    Jul 21, 2009
    8
    A quality album with some memorable tracks. Not everything I was hoping for when I heard that they were working on a new record, but it still A quality album with some memorable tracks. Not everything I was hoping for when I heard that they were working on a new record, but it still sounds very well done. Expand
  7. JocelynM
    Jun 9, 2009
    0
    Really REALLY disappointing album. I would ask for my money back if I could!!!!! Horrible.

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