Kasabian
For Crying Out Loud


3.3
great

Review

by insomniac15 STAFF
May 8th, 2017 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A string of cool tracks between standard arena crowd pleasers...

I was ready to hate the new Kasabian album as soon as I saw the front cover. It's terrible and makes the one used on 48:13 look like a masterpiece. I get stripping layers is trendy, but not like this. Then, reading Sergio's facepalm inducing statement as "saving guitar music from the abyss" didn't help either, especially coming from a band who embraced electronics (they've never been rock gurus in the first place). Moreover, the main songwriter got inspired by bonding with Claudio Ranieri who is a fan of theirs and claimed 'Fire' inspired the Leicester soccer team to win a certain match a while ago. All this promotional hodgepodge signaled a potential disaster, yet the latest album is actually decent.

For Crying Out Loud can be transposed into a football match and after party soundtrack. Energetically starting with 'Ill Ray (The King)', focusing on bouncy percussive beats and short, stop-start guitar chords until breaking into a banger during the chorus. You can already picture diehard fans hitting the drums and cheering in the tribunes as the game begins. During the first half, 'You're In Love with a Psycho' is the catchy moment when everybody happily sings along to the custom team hymns. As a first single, this is quite tame, however, it portrays really well what's Kasabian all about these days: arena pop-rock prone to offering crowds the chance to sing in unison. Moving on, 'Twentyfourseven' is an intense rocker (arguably the punchiest track in the catalog so far) that pleasantly takes you by surprise. Much like the previous cut, it aims for instant gratification, but it works, because they keep it simple and don't lose themselves in pointless detours or whiny croons.

As the second half is underway, the team is still in good shape, albeit visibly tired. 'Wasted' builds on a nice acoustic progression and maintains a more subdued tone on top of which Tom puts some actual effort into the melodic chorus. He is one of Kasabian's trademarks, but sometimes I wish he expanded a bit his vocal range instead of relying on that alcoholic Brit tone. Anyway, it doesn't matter because towards the end of the match, the team scores the decisive goal, winning the game! Thus, 'Comeback Kid' is the enthusiastic interaction between the players, who gathered at the fences to greet everyone and the fans responding with powerful choreography. This soaring track will undoubtedly be played as some team's goal soundtrack or at least be featured on the next PC/console soccer game.

Since the team won, the ultras paint the town red, proceeding to drink themselves to death in pubs/bars/clubs to the sound of 'Are You Looking for Action"'. This acid disco throwback is somewhere between Primal Scream's Screamadelica era and Brian Jonestown Massacre's Who Killed Sgt. Pepper" pastiche. To be honest, I find it the most enjoyable track on For Crying Out Loud thanks to Pizzorno sticking to a tested pattern and leaving things to roll on their own. The groove is damn cool, whereas the chorus is simply fun and the extended coda leaves room for guilty pleasure dancing. Later that night, you're suddenly sloppy drunk and have to throw up the evil in ya. The comedown kicks in some filthy bathroom, while the low key ditty 'All Through the Night' gently accompanies your pitiful self. Again, it tags along nicely, feeling rather humble amid Kasabian's current output. Nevertheless, you get up, never giving up, ready for one more round. So, you push yourself among the people to reach the bar, listening to 'Bless This Acid House'. You find your friends, all ***faced too and atonally scream those "ooohs" you hear and bang yer heads until you drop dead on the floor, waiting for someone to grab and take you home. Luckily, tomorrow is Sunday, you can rest your weary head before the new week starts. Still, next weekend the team plays away and you have all the reasons to get excited about reliving all these awesome memories with yer friends. Maybe you'll even listen to these tracks on your phone at work to pump yourself up, maybe you don't remember much.

This is pretty much what I feel when listening to For Crying Out Loud. It's definitely better than I expected, but that doesn't say much. I was happy when Kasabian seemed to focus enough to produce albums of considerable substance. Unfortunately, a couple of hits later the gang decided it's way more rewarding to head into the arena rock direction. This typical trap only got amplified as their cocky attitude got worse and not even the worst idea or criticism would penetrate the proud aura that revolves around them. Although there's nothing innovative about it, at least they brought the guitars back, offering us a handful of groovy tracks among all the kitschy bonanza. The LP is stagnant in the grand scheme of things, but that's good for them. It could've been much worse.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


4388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Decent album, but makes me think they'll never focus enough to produce a solid album back-to-back like Velociraptor or West Ryder.



You're in Love with a Psycho (official video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kimPUWSwxIs

Bless This Acid House - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnbkHAXAFcg

Are You Looking for Action? - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoPzpaGBnEA

Ill Ray - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyhdPKDOK1o

Wasted - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrarVmLyuNk

Good Fight - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCm61dgUaq8

polyrhythm
May 8th 2017


1287 Comments


"they'll never focus enough to produce a solid album back-to-back like Velociraptor or West Ryder"

those albums are patchy af but ok

Digging: Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis

polyrhythm
May 8th 2017


1287 Comments


pretty much my complaint with this band, they've got some bullshit quota on having like 2-3 good songs per album max

zakalwe
May 8th 2017


23400 Comments


Dads Army, Kasabian unwanton expolitation it's a piss take ya posin' bastards!!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


4388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

In my opinion, those are the only memorable records from start to finish. Each song has something even remotely interesting or some cool hook in it. From the others, you can pick an EP worth of tunes and that's about it.

zakalwe
May 8th 2017


23400 Comments


Let's build the brand up, let's build the brand up, LETS BUILD THE BRAND UP.

Ey Up ya got some Uck duck in ya hair duck prestigious retail outlets.

DoubtGin
May 8th 2017


6880 Comments


the opener and Are You Looking for Action? are great

zakalwe
May 8th 2017


23400 Comments


Massive bunch of wankers.

Kurisu
May 8th 2017


537 Comments


id rather eat soil than listen to this

Arcade
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2017


8453 Comments


"Switchblade Smiles" and "Vlad the Impaler" are classics, anything on this as good as those songs?

Digging: King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland

Divaman
May 8th 2017


1539 Comments


You're right about the cover. It's godawful.

Digging: Best Ex - Ice Cream Antisocial

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


4388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

@Arcade - Nothing as cool as those here unfortunately... Are You Looking for Action and Twentyfourseven are the best songs. One is acid disco and the other is one of their "heaviest" songs. Still, this fares better than the mess on 48:13

Pheromone
May 9th 2017


5291 Comments


One of em said recently that them, libertines, and arctic monkeys were the only remainders of the English 00s indie movement. Fuck off.

Digging: NoMeansNo - Wrong

buzzkites
May 9th 2017


225 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yo let's be honest 'are you looking for action' is a modern classic, they should've released it as a single

conditionals
May 9th 2017


534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes they are possibly the most offensive c**ts in the British music scene and the lyrics are trash, but the music is inexplicably unique and enjoyable. I've liked at least half the songs on each of their albums, and I'm looking forward to listening to this.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2017


4388 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Yeah, pretty much what I think of them too lol.

bloc
May 9th 2017


44429 Comments


Debut and second album are good

Digging: Beastmilk - Climax

Tunaboy45
May 9th 2017


15610 Comments


My local nightclub puts little quotes from Sergio next to their photographs taken on nights because they think he's some kind of massive cultural icon- it's embarrassing. It's not the 90s anymore and Liam Gallagher is a twat.

You're In Love With A Psycho is fun mind.

Digging: Converge - The Dusk in Us

zakalwe
May 9th 2017


23400 Comments


'little quotes from Sergio next to their photographs'

The downfall is complete. Culture is no more than a vacuous pulp.

In the 90s Oasis were the most quotable, laugh out loud band around but if their quotes were in a club the place would've been burnt to the ground.

Tunaboy45
May 9th 2017


15610 Comments


For real

http://imgur.com/a/wyLch



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