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  • Summary: The third studio album for the British band was produced by Dan the Automator.
Score distribution:
  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. 80
    The results so far, as on 2006's martial piledriver "Empire," have both been levitating and gut-level, as befits a group who count DJ Shadow's "Endtroducing" and Oasis's "Definitely Maybe" among their musical epiphanies. These same virtues are all over "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum." [Jul 2009, p.93]
  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. Jan 14, 2012
    totally amazing, they become more sophisticated at lyrics and music, althought a little too mainstream for the band
  2. Jan 10, 2012
    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
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    "Fire" is the best track this band have ever put down and has to be classed as an anthem now. Outside of that there are some good tracks but a lot of it drifts along a bit aimlessly. You really need to give it a good few listens and I'm not sure if it's really worth putting the time into it. Expand

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