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  • Summary: The third studio album for the British band was produced by Dan the Automator.

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Underdog
Kill me if you dare Hold my head up everywhere Keep myself right on this train I'm the Underdog Live my life on a lullaby Keep myself riding on this... See the rest of the song lyrics
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. 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. Under The Radar
    70
    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: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. JackieK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This album is amazing.
  2. M
    Jul 28, 2009
    10
    I dare to said, best album of the year.
  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. RussellB
    Jun 9, 2009
    9
    Brilliant album this. A must buy.
  5. TwelveV
    Jul 7, 2009
    9
    Grows on you after a few plays.
  6. MateoG
    Jun 9, 2009
    8
    A great album... a departure from their roots, although they're still using synths and some groovie beats...but this album is got a lot A great album... a departure from their roots, although they're still using synths and some groovie beats...but this album is got a lot more psychedelic-sound than previous efforts...Excellent, for the exception of the track featuring actress Rosario Dawson, which doesn't work for me. 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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