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Kasabian - Velociraptor!

by Lawrence Poole Rating:8 Release Date:2011-09-21

Whisper it quietly, but it appears these pedal-to-the-metal Leicester rock and roll scamps have mellowed.
Whether it's the Serge Pizzorno now-found fatherhood or just the general human erosion of time, there's definitely a far more chilled-out air to album number four. If this release isn't example enough, I recently nearly spat out more morning tea when I saw the guitarist and partner-in-crime, frontman Tom Meighan, sat chatting contemplatively on the sofa of BBC Breakfast - a position usually reserved for the Marmite troubadours of this world, eg, messrs James Blunt and Morrison.

Thankfully, this mellowing has done little to negatively impact on their studio armoury - Velociprator! is their most accomplished, mature and arguably best album yet. Kasabian have always been a rip-roaring live act, but now they have finally produced a record to live up to their electric stadium reputation. Sandwiching the predictable yet crowd-pleasing comeback single 'Days Are Forgotten' are opener 'Let's Roll Like We Used to' and 'Goodbye Kiss'. Both are contemplative, melancholy even, and expose a completely new and refreshing side to the East Midlands outfit.

And it doesn't stop there: 'La Fee Verte' and 'I Hear Voices' follow a similar trend - low-key, folk-tinged and keyboard laced gems, which are well worth discovering. As you would expect the title track has the bite and bluster of old but it doesn't really drip into any of the other tracks on the record. I look forward with real interest to seeing how the new low-key Kasabian will recreate these live.

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