Review: Kasabian, Velociraptor!

‘Velociraptor!’ is the highly anticipated fourth studio album from Kasabian and sees the band take a more diverse direction in songwriting. In fact the sound of the album incorporates elements of hip-hop production over songs by The Beatles and The Prodigy via Primal Scream. Somehow though, it works.

There’s no denying the fact that Kasabian are one of the biggest bands in the UK at the moment; in fact, songs from this album have been all over the radio and TV for months and have already seeped into our minds. One such song is ‘Days Are Forgotten’ which is all over various trailers for TV programmes.

‘La Fee Verte’ is a blatant Beatles homage referencing “Lucy in he sky” and it is a little unsettling to hear Serge sound so much like John Lennon. Everything about this song oozes Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Title track ‘Velociraptor!’ sounds like it could have been written by The Prodigy in the early 90s, but it’s over far too quickly at just under three minutes. Another electronic sounding song is ‘I Hear Voices’, which has a house music-style beat with synths that sound like they’ve been taken from Daft Punk’s ‘Tron: Legacy Soundtrack’. ‘Switchblade Smiles’ is extremely reminiscent of ‘Swastika Eyes’ by Primal Scream mixed with ‘You’ll Be Under My Wheels’ by The Prodigy.

This album shows a huge leap forward in songwriting ability from the Leicester four piece; for my money it’s the best offering since their eponymous first album eight years ago. Surely this will be the album that catapults them to superstardom on the global stage?

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