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Velociraptor! - Kasabian
Member Name: charby
Velociraptor! - Kasabian
Advantages: Decent enough, nice cover art
Disadvantages: Just not great
Kasabian are a band that I have fond memories of listening to as a younger teenager, with their 2004 hit single 'Club Foot' being one of my favourite songs from my schooldays. I used to listen to their eponymous debut album on a fairly regular basis and, while I never loved them enough to see them live or anything, I would consider myself to have been quite a fan. Well, I was a fan of that album, anyway, but not really much more than that as I have no memories of their second and third studio albums, entitled 'Empire' and 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' respectively. I therefore hadn't listened to this band much at all until I recently decided to reacquaint myself with them via their new album, Velociraptor!. A friend of mine had the CD and so I asked if I could borrow it, not being confident enough that I would still like them to actually pay to own it myself. I've since listened to it several times and now feel prepared to give my opinions on it.
== Kasabian ==
Kasabian are an indie band from the Leicestershire area, who are probably most famous for their hit single 'Club Foot', which I cited earlier as being my most loved song by this band. They have received critical acclaim since the 2004 release of their debut album, with several of their tracks being used on adverts, and have also attracted large crowds at their live performances at festivals and tours.
== Velociraptor! ==
This being their fourth studio album, one could assume that by now, Kasabian have polished their style and sound somewhat, and this album will sound more 'Kasabian' even than their self-named first album. Or, I assumed anyway, that after several years of experience they would have developed their music more and sound more distinctive and unique than they first did.
While this album is unmistakably a Kasabian album, I don't know how much of this is down to the lead singer's distinctive voice and how much is their own style coming through. It's certainly not 'just another indie album', and does have its own more personal features, but I am still not struck with the impression that the band have come a long way over the years that I have not been listening to them as regularly. But whether or not that is a bad thing is, of course, subjective.
=== The Songs ===
This album contains eleven tracks in all, with the title track 'Velociraptor' coming in fifth on the tracklist. The first track on the album, 'Let's Roll Just How We Used To', starts with an instrumental, before lead singer Tom Meighan's comes in at around the one-minute mark. It's a decent song but it certainly doesn't pack the punch as the first track on their debut album, which was the oft-mentioned 'Club Foot'. The second song, 'Days Are Forgotten' feels much more Kasabian-y to me and feels like a more comfortable song for the band as well as being pretty good. The following song 'Goodbye Kiss', however, is far too dreary for my taste and I can't say that I particularly enjoy it and I can't say much different about track 4, 'La Fee Verte'.
The next few tracks are somewhat more to my taste, with 'Velociraptor!', 'Acid Turkish Bath' and 'I Hear Voices' being faster and more upbeat, with a better rhythm and more 'anthem' potential. If I continue to listen to any tracks on the album in the long term it will likely be these three in preference of the others. 'Re-Wired' comes next and while it's alright, its vocals are a bit too monotonous in tone to be a truly good song.
Rounding off the album are 'Man of Simple Pleasures', 'Switchblade Smiles' and 'Neon Noon', which while good songs all, again fall short of being great. The entire album seems to have potential to be really good but it, unfortunately, doesn't quite manage it. It's an alright selection of songs but no more, sadly.
== Overall Impressions and Conclusion ==
While there were a few good songs and none of them were terrible, really, I can't say that I particularly loved this album. It was okay and I reckon that if you're a hard-core Kasabian fan you are unlikely to be let down by it but it's certainly not going to be one that I listen to for much longer. I've been playing it on random while I write this review and while I haven't hated the experience, I am now quite happy to be changing it to an album which I enjoy considerably more. I didn't buy this album, as I said earlier, and am happy that I didn't as it isn't one that I'm particularly keen to have in my collection. If I were to own it, I would say that the best thing about having it would be that it has an attractive cover (as you can see pictured), but I wouldn't buy it based on the cover alone. That said, it was a decent listen and I'm not sorry that I borrowed it from my friend, although I will quite happily give it back. If you still fancy this album after reading my review, you will be interested to hear that Amazon is selling it for the reasonable price of £7.99.
In conclusion, I am unsure as to whether I would recommend this album to a friend, or indeed to you readers. It's average, but if it's your type of music, you'll probably like it more than I did. Listen to it on youtube before purchasing it anyway, just in case.
Summary: An alright album from Kasabian