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Kasabian
KASABIAN
(RCA)

Englandís running turf battle between futuristic dance and retro pop rock gets sideswiped by Leicesterís Kasabian, a clever, rowdy, mouthy, unoriginal yet ultimately triumphal commune-inspired band who wear their influences on their shoulder and dare you to knock them off. Whereas Liverpool mockers the Zutons trawl ancient history for their rough and roll, Kasabian explore a sonic palette where Primal Scream shoot it out with Ennio Morricone and the Orb. The spookily aromatic "Orange" recalls the "up for the old ultra violence" Korova Milk Bar scene from A Clockwork Orange; "Processed Beats" could be Beck sampling ramshackle guitar over Them or krautrock legends Harmonia; "Lost Souls Forever" lumbers majestically like every Britpop band ever born swimming in a big-beat vat of failed PR hype. What makes Kasabian a worthy icon for lasting worship? They maintain a brooding balance between woozy electronica and baggy stoner pop, and their massive sing-along hooks are appropriate for both ball-game cheers and intimate moments of depression. For a band who named themselves after Charles Mansonís getaway driver, Linda Kasabian, thatís a positive affirmation if ever there was one.

BY KEN MICALLEF


Issue Date: March 25 - 31, 2005
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