Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud review: ‘Right up there with Kasabian’s best work’

Rick Pearson
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With their subtlety-free songwriting and football-loving fanbase Kasabian are often dismissed by the snootier end of the music press as guitar-wielding Neanderthals. That’s both unfair and untrue.

Like the five Kasabian albums before it, For Crying Out Loud has moments of head-in-your hands hopelessness.

Bless This Acid House is tub-thumping pub-rock of the worst order but it also has plenty to applaud — including, in Put Your Life On It, the Leicester band’s first proper love song.

Powered as ever by the songwriting of Serge Pizzorno and let’s-ave-it vocals of Tom Meighan, there’s shouty dance-rock on Ill Ray (The King) and Madchester-indebted grooves on the eight-minute centrepiece Are You Looking for Action? It’s more melodic than usual and occasionally, as on You’re in Love With a Psycho, right up there with Kasabian’s best work.


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