Following the 2009 success of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, Kasabian released their fourth studio album in September this year. It was always going to be difficult for them to produce a good follow up to WRPLA, but they definitely succeeded and produced an album which was a step up.
The album is packed of catchy melodies, memorable guitar riffs and are likely to be massive hits; and if the rumors of them headlining Reading/ Leeds Festival next year turn out to be true, they will be fantastically received by the crowd. The song Switchblade Smiles was the first song to be released by the group, providing a hint of what the new album was going to be like; and Days are Forgotten was the first available single to come from the new album, even making an appearance in the UK top 40 which is such a rarity for rock/ indie artists these days.
Velociraptor! works well as an album because of how the songs flow into one another, and also function independently. This makes the album a good starting point for new fans, and also an album that can be listened to in its entirety. There album is a reminder of the Brit-pop era, with similarities being found between Blur, Oasis, and Pulp. There is definitely the guitar influence from these bands, but with added strings and orchestral melodies clearly heard in Acid Turkish Bath: mirroring the moves of Blur and the Verve.
Songs worth a listen to from the album include (not in any order):
2. Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To
3. Days are Forgotten: