The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
out June 5th
Right off the bat: my favorite part about The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (other than it being named after a mental institution) is the eclectic mix of sounds that make the album, while maintaining a consistent overall feel.As I write this I groan at the overuse of the word “eclectic” (at least I didn’t say “epic”), but I feel it rather appropriate in this case.The album flows like a journey from a dark London club to uncharted territories.It’ll make you move, sway and sweat.In other words, there is bound to be at least a song or two that everyone can enjoy on this album.
Album opener begins with heavily distorted electric guitar and a challenge: “Kill me if you dare.” The following track, “Where Did All the Love Go?” is where the moving and swaying really begins.But it’s “Swarfiga,” an instrumental song that sounds like background music to a haunted maze, that makes you realize just what a roller coaster ride this album is.Hang tight though, it gets fun…
“Vlad the Impaler,” the band’s first single is by far the most dance inducing song on the album. “Get loose! Get loose!” shouts Meighan, and the crowd goes wild. The music video looks like Quentin Tarantino’s wet dream with a good amount of running, screaming, and well, impaling! Kasabian really make a statement with this album: they’re here to stay and they’re going to get you to like them.
Personally, I still recall the first time I heard Kasabian (don’t ask why because I can’t even tell you), but they never really stuck with me. The energy of this album is hard to ignore though and they’re beginning to garner some real attention. It’s by no means the most “original” album, but if I were to review every album based on that criteria we’d have some pathetic scores now wouldn’t we?
It’s arguable that Kasabian might be trying too hard to please everyone with this album, which isn’t to mean that it’s by any means “mainstream.” On “Take Aim,” the band resorts to acoustics, and if it wasn’t for the overly nasally vocals during the verses, it might be one of the better tracks on the album.But whatever the sound or style of the song, Kasabian allow themselves to really display their influences and shatter any preconceived notions that they weren’t made to last.Out of the way Oasis, Kasabian is taking the reins from here on out.
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