Kasabian – Kasabian (2004/2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kasabian – Kasabian (2004/2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 46:33 minutes | 530 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © RCA Records Label

Kasabian is the debut studio album by British rock band Kasabian. Four singles were released from the album; the highest chart position on the UK Album Chart was number 4. The hirsute Leicester band swaggers like the Stone Roses, plays dance-rock like Primal Scream, and mouths off like Oasis. But these are also the things that make Kasabian’s debut so endearing. It’s an album that spills over with personality and confidence, delivering massive club anthems in the form of songs like “Processed Beats,” “Cutt Off” and “L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever),” where the band finds just the right balance between primitive riffs and space-age grooves.

Pre-release hubbub might have you thinking Kasabian’s debut is the Stone Roses’ firstborn all over again, or that it’s a Screamadelica for its generation. Almost, but these lads could use one more spin around the U.K.’s hippest clubs to really polish their craft to Madchester-in-its-prime level. What their debut succeeds in providing is out-of-the-gate excitement, a trippy sack of playful ideas, and a keen understanding of what makes hips sway and heads bob. If hearing Stereolab backing Ian Brown is your dream, “Reason Is Treason” should be your indie rock seducer. If you always wished prog rock danced in baggy jeans, “Test Transmission” should do it. A couple tracks that are show-ers more than grow-ers keep the album from being perfect, but when a Disneyland/Perrey-Kingsley-style keyboard riff plays over a dubby landscape and then gives way to an earnest, catchy hippie chorus, you can’t help but fall in love with this ambitious, smart band. You can fill the ashtray with roaches during the cinematic “Butcher Blues” and make your Tangerine Dream-loving friend happy with the space rock meets angst rock of “U Boat.” Lead singer Tom Meighan is one part Jagger and one part Richards, with a Beatles haircut and quote-generating, rebellious-interview mouth. They all live together commune style and their sleeves and badges use near-Rage Against the Machine imagery. Heavy, but their debut is a shaggy kind of charming that would work better if you tripped over it instead of having the hype trying to squeeze the word “revolutionary” out of your throat. Painting them as rock’s saviors just makes the overly ambitious moments of the album look all that much bigger. Some serious heartbreak, or life for a little while outside of the commune, should broaden these songwriters’ abilities to the level promised, but for now they’re just exciting, groovy, and proud fathers of a dazzling debut. ~ David Jeffries

01 – Club Foot
02 – Processed Beats
03 – Reason Is Treason
04 – I.D.
05 – Orange (Interlude)
06 – L.S.F.
07 – Running Battle
08 – Test Transmission
09 – Pinch Roller (Interlude)
10 – Cutt Off
11 – Butcher Blues
12 – Ovary Stripe
13 – U Boat