In Review: Kasabian – Velociraptor! [Album]

Being one of Britain’s largest rock bands, Kasabian have a lot to live up to; their fan base varies from all walks of life and the music co-insides with this. It is no surprise then that Velociraptor! is an eclectic collection of genres mixed up with high charged emotion and confidence.

‘Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To’ is a perfect example of this, a delayed intro with phased harmonization and trumpets giving it a cinematic soundscape with orchestrated textures. ‘Acid Turkish Bath’ delivers a discombobulated arrangement of a string section blended with the rhythm of a soldiers march, with similarities to Zeppelin’s ‘Kashmir’.

What has always been impressive with Kasabian’s work is that they have always been able to blend there rock and roll with electro and dance. ‘I Hear Voices’ features an encapsulating synth line that is backed with an electro beat that just works perfectly with Tom’s voice, lyrically there is honesty in insecurity and regret here: “Out of control, on my own trying to find my own way back, how did I end up here?”

‘Re-wired’ follows on from this with crunchy distorted guitars and whirling ambient synth lines that explodes with a chorus that features uplifting lyrics and an outro that provides proof of why Kasabian are a great all-round band, managing to kill two birds with one stone constantly.

Highlights are found within ‘Days are forgotten’ & ‘Goodbye Kiss’ that are both musically and lyrically nothing short of brilliant; in ‘Goodbye Kiss’ Tom Meighan’s emotional side shines through as he croons through mentions of a breakup; “The last stand, let go of my hand” and “You go your way, I’ll go my way.”

Unfortunately there are moments in the album that come across lazy and dull, but there are also moments when you sit in amazement at the sheer brilliance of what this band can produce. Velociraptor! features psychedelic soundscapes throughout, some very strong melodies and impressive outstanding choruses.

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Vocally as per usual there is sheer strength and swagger yet a more personal twist is included within the album, certain honest insecurities shine over the usual confident chants and there are some uplifting moments. A great album to pick oneself up and see things in a more optimistic view. Tom talks of love, pain, and power whilst musically the album incorporates elements of rock and roll, electro, dance and indie to form a solid album.

Check out these tracks: ‘Days are forgotten’, ‘Goodbye Kiss’, ‘Man of simple pleasures’ & ‘Neon Neon’

Tom Harding

Writer for King Loaf & Alt Sounds