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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It's the sound of past and future uniting to good effect--and Kasabian's strongest statement yet that they're in this for the long haul.
  5. Mojo
    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]
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    What Kasabian lack in orginality they more than compensate for attitude and exhilarating hysteria. [Jul 2009, p.112]
  7. Stonking new record from former Lad rockers. Who’d have thought?
  8. Under The Radar
    70
    West Ryder is innovative rock'n'roll: traditional instruments freshened up with modern technology. [Summer 2009, p.67]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 87
  2. Negative: 4 out of 87
  1. JackieK
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    This album is amazing.
  2. Feb 3, 2020
    8
    Great album, contains my favourite Kasabian song 'Where Did All The Love Go' and has some great deep cuts, namely Fast Fuse and Secret Alphabets
  3. 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 »