• Record Label: Red Ink
  • Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One suspects the end product here may have had more to do with the record's producer than its creators, and as a result, this album is as unconvincing as the band's hollow assurances that they're open to embracing new horizons.
  4. 50
    Between the groovier tracks, the album rarely keeps its feet or focus for long, getting lost in mazes of mangy Stones riffs or acoustic roundabouts with little purpose or pulse.
  5. When taking advantage of the opportunity to be as dumb as they need/want to be, West Ryder succeeds, which is another way of saying acoustic guitars have absolutely no reason to be involved.
  6. What pulls this album back from being anything but revelatory, however, is not only the typical lazy rock the band are purveyors of, especially 'Fire' and 'Fast Fuse,' but also the diabolical lyrical content that's employed throughout West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 85
  2. Negative: 4 out of 85
  1. JackieK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This album is amazing.
  2. Apr 17, 2018
    10
    Even knowing the complete discography you can say that West Ryder is the best album of Kasabian. It's perfect by the riff of Underdog to theEven knowing the complete discography you can say that West Ryder is the best album of Kasabian. It's perfect by the riff of Underdog to the ending of Happiness. A masterpiece of the band. Full Review »
  3. Feb 8, 2012
    7
    "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"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. Full Review »