Nearly thirteen years and six records on from their eponymous debut, Kasabian still possess the utmost amount of swagger that has fuelled their admirable longevity and without fail, the songs have always been there to support intoxicating cloud of confidence. Despite painting a picture of themselves as the unimpressed uncles of rock ‘n’ roll longing for a 70s, power chord sound tracked revolution with sweeping statements promising that ‘For Crying Out Loud’ will drag back British guitar music from a media constructed abyss, this album – like all that has come before it, provides an abundance of enjoyable moments that paper over the cracks of their rocking chair swinging, cigar puffing naivety.
Despite spending only six weeks in the studio writing and recording this album, it seems as if the ‘less is more’ approach fuelled by a heavier guitar influence has certainly benefited the album as a whole, making it a far more comfortable listen overall than the multi-layered, over-indulgent ‘48:13’. That’s not to say that Pizzorno doesn’t dip his hand in the sweet tin on this record. ‘Are You Looking For Action? – a masterfully produced eight minute disco journey serves as one of the standout highlights with its chameleonic ability to intrinsically keep itself interesting with saxophone solos and voice effect changes. A song perfectly suited to the mastermind behind the Kasabian, the enigmatic Sergio Pizzorno. While the 90s, Prodigy inspired opener ‘Ill Ray (The King)’ experiments with a Caribbean style drum fill, which is met by an exploding chorus and yet more cocksure lyricism – ‘If I had my way I’d be king for a day’.
The fanfare of ‘Comeback Kid’, an ode to their beloved Leicester City’s after last years incredible achievement develops into a frantic, guitar heavy track that will easily squirm into their live setlist, despite the questionable, almost nonsensical lyrics. The anthemic single ‘You’re In Love With a Psycho’ would sit comfortably on fourth album Velociraptor, but the normalisation of the word ‘Psycho’ is alarming given the ever-growing public consciousness surrounding the issue of mental health.
Themes of reflection and love are commonplace within the walls of this album as ‘Wasted’ and ‘Good Fight’ both explore the candid moments in relationships when on the latter, Tom croons, referring to handing over his coat and lighting a cigarette with a partner, painting a picturesque scene. The song transforms through Pizzorno’s ability to envisage an incredibly melodic harmony, learning from The Beatles’ handbook which is evident also in the ‘Ticket to Ride’ inspired drum fill. The former is far more melancholy though as Meighan confesses ‘There’s been so much time wasting without you by my side’.
‘Bless This Acid House’ sparks into action with a grungy, driving Ramones style hook, instantly staking a claim to become a Kasabian classic while ‘Put Your Life On It’ holds a mellow tone and provides the perfect conclusion to an album born out of guitar roots and the recurring notions of unconditional love. The overarching dance themes blended alongside a guitar driven focus, for the most part ‘For Crying Out Loud’ puts to bed claims of a stale, outdated Kasabian sound.
‘For Crying Out Loud’ is out now via Columbia Records.