Kasabian were once considered one of the Top Brit Bands when releasing albums such as “Empire”, “West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum” and the first full-length homonymous “Kasabian” where we found hits like “Club Foot”, “Shoot the Runner”, “Fire” among many others. However both works are now more than ten years old and the band itself will be twenty this year and unfortunately as it happens to many, this is not the Kasabian that got us so excited before.
In 2004, when no one was expecting much from them, and when they finally stuck to the name they are known for (named after Linda Kasabian, member of Charles Manson clan), they released the first album with the first song of it being “Club Foot”. This same tune was then used all over the “Fifa” games all over the years as well as “Fire” was the hymn of Premier League for a couple of years as well. More important than anything was the solid construction of the album, with interludes perfectly placed and that made them more than just another Indie Rock band, genre they are constantly tagged with, although Pizzorno, the bearded guitarist we all love, hates it.
Later in 2006 with “Empire” they established in the Brit Rock World and started being compared to great names like “Stone Roses” and “Oasis”. At the time I could not agree more with such comparisons since the music they were doing was having the same influence and reach as those bands, as well as they were awarded the year after, when the Tour for this album was over, the “Best Live Act” award. One of my greatest regrets until today was without a doubt no having the possibility of having seen them at this point in time. “Shoot the Runner” was the great hit from this second album and was in the Top 20 of almost every chart possible.
Carried by the momentum, one year after, they started working on what would be their Best Album ever. Released only in 2009, they start then again with one tune that resonates in every fans heart ever since, “Underdog”. Although this one was immediately followed by the Love anthem “Where did all the Love go”. After six months of this release they had the World at their feet. With the Album reaching number One almost worldwide, winning “Best Group” in the Brit Awards as well as “Best Live Act in the World”, they were confident that Leicester was proud of having such a band touring all over the World and being seen as the best one could see live.
With this, probably fame got in their heads, and nothing was really the same anymore. In 2012 they still did something as remarkable as a movie of their Live Concert in the O2 Arena in London, which was aired worldwide. In 2011 they released “Velociraptor”, the last album produced with Dan the Automator, which also produced “Gorillaz”. From this one, there were still two or three songs that got me rooting for them like “Days are Forgotten” and “Goodbye Kiss” but it was not quite the same anymore. There was no novelty in their music and it started sounding as “pretty much the same” as before.
It was however in 2014 with “48:13” that they really lost me. An album produced by Pizzorno, which contained songs like “stevie” and “bumblebee” where one could really not find anymore the Kasabian from previous years, with basic guitar riffs, a lot more screaming than singing and lyrics that could not attract anymore the ones like me that previously compared them to “Oasis”. An album that did not even enter the Top 200 of BillBoard.
Lastly, some days ago they released “For Crying Out Loud”. My first contact with this album could have not been worse, with “I am in Love with a Psycho” which not only is a terrible Indie Pop song as well as it has a really bland and tasteless videoclip. Then, when confronted with the album itself I just decided to let myself go and enjoy again what was some years ago one of my favourite bands. But I really couldn’t. Then again one of the “best” songs of the album is the first, “I ll Ray (The King)” and it defines the genre of the album you are about to hear. Simple drums, repetitive guitars and basic lyrics with a lot of noise involved did not let me enjoy the Kasabian experience. Then, at the six song, I was quite curious. The only “explicit” song from the album, length of 4.20 minutes, it was just another disappointment. Probably the best bass line of the album it still owes a lot to the ones from for example “Club Foot” and “Fire”. The last drop was “Bless this Acid House”, which with such a wicked name promised way more than it delivers. Another boring tune that I just wish I haven’t heard.
I might being a bit rough, but the truth is I loved this band. I did grow out of them and they took a totally different musical direction as they had before. The Good Old Day are gone and I feel exactly like the man in the cover of the Album. What a terrible way to celebrate their 20 years of existence, which culminates with the fact they had no media coverage almost for this last release when compared with other artists that released albums around the same date. “For Crying Out Loud” guys, you can do better than this. On the bright side, the Deluxe version of the CD contains really good Live versions of their old tunes, being the best one “Days Are Forgotten”. Even Pizzorno described this album as a “simpler album than ever before”. I love simple, but I do not like basic. And this was just pure basic Indie Rock.