Kasabian
Velociraptor!


3.5
great

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2011 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wired to a higher standard?

Kasabian, for the most part, are not an album band. When you think of the group, thoughts of well-constructed, cohesive LP’s don’t tend to spring to mind, and Velociraptor! is unlikely to change that too much. That’s not to say that Kasabian’s 4th album is sloppily produced or lackadaisically constructed, but rather that the record will deliver, in terms of consistency and cohesion, what we’ve come to expect of the band over the years.

To lay it out bare, Velociraptor! seemingly does what the marmite-outfit does best – drops a few corkers in amongst a set of enjoyable, but simultaneously unfulfilling, numbers. The tracks to cherry-pick this time around include the unusually melodic (given the group’s usual straight-ahead, anthemic approach to singles) ‘Days Are Forgotten’, the spunky and utterly nonsensical title-track, the lo-fi, new-wave pop of ‘I Hear Voices’ and arguably the finest tune on offer, ‘Re-Wired’ – a hooky as hell, rambling rocker.

The second tier offerings are rather strong after a few spins, also, baring witness to Kasabian’s inclusion of a few fresh ideas. Throughout the record, the band plays with eastern sounds, including oriental vocal wailing and exotic instruments, most prevalent on the sturdy, but ultimately passable ‘Acid Turkish Bath’ – a 6 minute false-exotica epic. Melody, or at least a conscious attempt to utilize it, is more present on Velociraptor! than on any other Kasabian record thus far too, particularly on the first half, with the opening cut, the sweetly charming ‘Goodbye Kiss’ and the Beatle-esque ‘La Fee Verte’ all offering worthwhile delights.

When one chalks it up, the majority of Velociraptor! shines through fairly brighter than one might expect from the non-singles of a band like Kasabian, especially when one takes the time to venture beyond the shiny singles and into the growers and slow-burners on the second-tier of quality, which make up the remainder of the LP. It’s still another Kasabian album for the most part, but to give the band credit they have attempted to spice things up a tad with the eastern flavours and more melodic approach, and although nothing awes as much as earlier singles like ‘Empire’ or ‘Club Foot’, the overall package winds up sounding slightly more consistent than one might expect from a group frequently labelled as a ‘singles-band’.

Velociraptor! has a few brilliant tracks, a number of solid, enjoyable outings and one or two skippers. In that sense it’s what we’ve come to expect of a Kasabian LP, but like its predecessor, the you more you put into it, the more rewarding it becomes as you uncover the little nuggets of change the band have tried to incorporate. But in the same sense, if you’re not a Kasabian fan, and so won’t invest time (perhaps rightly so), then Velociraptor! will be just another album destined only to serve as the precursor to some future singles’ compilation you’ve had planned for the band since 2004. Whether it’s right to wait for that fictional (although inevitable) album or pick up Velociraptor! is up to you – the answer, as it has been for some years, was likely decided as soon as you saw the album artist either way.



Recent reviews by this author
Metronomy Love LettersTemples Sun Structures
Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You TomorrowOasis Dig Out Your Soul
Oasis Don't Believe the TruthOasis Heathen Chemistry
user ratings (160)
Chart.
3.4
great
other reviews of this album
VigdeVillan (3)
A gnarled, braying apprentice-piece...

Luke Barratt (3.5)
The K Factor: Do Kasabian still have 'it' in their brand new album, 'Velociraptor!'?...

Davey Boy STAFF (3)
Lucy in the sky told Kasabian to get high and head east....


Comments:Add a Comment 
clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


6487 Comments


Great review Tom, nice to see you tackle some newer stuff : )

Also, I'll still stick to the singles of this

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks dude. Yeah, i've been trying to do new stuff quite a bit recently for a change so i'm glad it's appreciated.

As for the album, i can't say i blame you - i'm not a 'fan' or the band, per se, but nor am I a hater. I tend to enjoy and listen to their singles a lot and only spin their albums from time to time.

jefflebowski
November 2nd 2011


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really liked this album, definitely my favorite of theirs so far. As you said, the title track and Rewired are great songs

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review Tom. I more or less agree.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers pal.

bloc
November 2nd 2011


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This band gets worse with every album

jefflebowski
November 2nd 2011


8253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

n'awww man

WhiteNoise
November 5th 2011


3215 Comments


I quite enjoyed this album actually. You have good taste in music Tom!

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
November 5th 2011


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers fella.

Twelve51
April 22nd 2012


108 Comments


I was thinking of picking up tickets to see them tonight, tickets were cheap. Then i found out the shows cancelled. No big loss, but i figured it woulda been a fun show.

TheMilQ
September 30th 2012


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they became good live! as for the album far better than 'Empire' IMO.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy