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Review: Kasabian – For Crying Out Loud

Kasabian are back with their highly anticipated follow-up to 2014’s 48:13, For Crying Out Loud.

Kasabian unleashed their latest album For Crying Out Loud yesterday.

Kasabian have only been away for just over two years but they’ve been missed sorely with their boisterous attitude and exciting rock. But the wait is over and the band are back with their sixth album, For Crying Out Loud.

The Leicester band are in high demand once again, with festival appearance booked all over Europe, including Benicassim, City of Leeds and also Leeds and Reading Festival. Now they’re back with one of their best albums to date.

For Crying Out Loud is filled with both classic and new styles of Kasabian. The album opens with the explosive track, Ill Ray (The King), a song that seems to be about the band making a statement of “we are the best. If only for a day, we’ll be the best in rock”. It’s alright lads, you’ve been one of the best in rock since about 2003.

The album is decorated in a lot of great moments, filled with quirky guitar lines and skilled song-writing from the lead-guitarist, Sergio Pizzornio, that’s then brought to life by frontman, Tom Meighan. With the lyrics really standing out on tracks, ‘Good Fight‘, ‘Sixteen Blocks‘ and ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho‘.

Then there’s times where they strip back the album completely from it’s lively ways and bring us into an eery or mellow moment. They diverse, not a lot but when they do, it’s worth listening to. On ‘All Through The Night‘, it’s almost like a throwback to the theme of 2009’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum with the songs that were toned down and then given an eery flavour to them.

Those toned down moments are rare on For Crying Out Loud, the band are on form and clearly enjoying themselves in these songs. Its a different look into the band we’ve become accustomed to over the years, they claimed in interviews that this album is about them, something they haven’t done so much before. If that’s the case, we’ve been treated to a side of Kasabian they shouldn’t have been so afraid to show us earlier.

The album’s penultimate track, ‘Put Your Life On It‘ is the pinnacle of this record. The band appear to really let go and enjoy themselves on this track, with a basic set up of acoustic guitars, a straightforward bass line and a simple drum beat. But it’s the positivity that oozes from the song that makes it such a wonderful end to one of the best albums to be released so far this year.

Although the album doesn’t end there, it then leads into a collection of live performances from the bands homecoming gig at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, celebrating Leicester City FC’s astonishing triumph in the Premier League last year.

Verdict: 9/10

Songs worth putting on repeat: ‘Ill Ray (The King)‘, ‘Twentyfourseven‘, ‘All Through The Night‘, ‘Sixteen Blocks‘ and ‘Put Your Life On It‘.

Kasabian artwork for new album For Crying Out Loud

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