Kasabian's For Crying Out Loud: What You Need To Know
Three years on from Kasabian's fifth album, the economically-titled 48:13, the lads from Leicester are back with their sixth. It's called For Crying Out Loud, it arrives in stores today, and here's everything you need to know...
A little background...
Kasabian followed up the release of their last album with a headline slot on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage and a slew of nominations at the following year's NME Awards, beating the previous total of seven nominations held by Oasis with a record-breaking nine, taking home the awards for Best Album and Best British Band.
2016 saw a short UK tour in May which culminated in two shows at Leicester's King Power Stadium and a homecoming gig in front of 60,000 fans in the city's Victoria Park as part of the victory parade celebrating the band's beloved Leicester City's heroics in the Premier League.
The first news of a follow-up to 48:13 came mid-way through 2016, with singer Tom Meighan and guitarist Serge Pizzorno talking up a new album and describing new song 'Put Your Life On It' – which closes the album – as being “as good as Let It Be”. But then things went quiet and it wasn't until January this year that the band revealed a release date and a title for the new album, For Crying Out Loud. Having spent six months on its predecessor, the guitarist revealed that he aimed to write the new material within six weeks.
He achieved his goal, but later revealed that afterwards he reassessed his ideas of what the album should be while taking a break on holiday and later added two additional tracks, opener 'Ill Ray (The King)' and 'Bless This Acid House', describing the latter as “one of the best tunes I've ever written”.
Who's producing it?
As with their last album, it's the band's guitarist and chief songwriter manning the controls for the new album.
Any special guests?
Nope. Kasabian aren't usually the type of band to pack their albums with guest appearances and it's the same story on For Crying Out Loud.
What does it sound like?
Pizzorno says that he aimed to 'cut all the fat' away from the band's sound on the new album and For Crying Out Loud does sound like a leaner, more direct album than the previous two or three. Broadly speaking though, the new record contains all the familiar Kasabian tropes – big chorus hooks, driving riffs and danceable rhythms – that have populated most of their albums.
Opener 'Ill Ray (The King)' makes the journey from spiky, guitar-led pop to full-on, floor-filling house tune and back again in the space of it's three minutes and forty five seconds, while tunes like 'Are You Looking For Action' continue their familiar spacey, disco-rock vibe.
'Comeback Kid' and 'You're In Love With a Psycho' provide the stomping, anthemic kind of tunes we've come to expect from Kasabian, while the aforementioned 'Bless This Acid House' sounds, despite the title, like the Beach Boys filtered through fizzing, fuzzy guitars and equipped with another of their trademark anthemic hooks.
Does it deliver?
Kasabian aren't reinventing the wheel here and, as Pizzorno had suggested, this album is more like a stripped-back version of the familiar formula, so if you're a fan of the band anyway then you're unlikely to be disappointed with their latest full-length offering. The new tunes will add plenty to their blistering live sets and while they could perhaps afford to experiment a little more here and there, there's a consistency and urgency about the new album that many bands would struggle to maintain on their sixth outing.