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West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

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Underdog
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Where Did All The Love Go?
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Swarfiga
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Fast Fuse
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Take Aim
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Thick As Thieves
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West Ryder Silver Bullet
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Vlad The Impaler
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Ladies And Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)
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Secret Alphabets
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Fire
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Happiness
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 51:38

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09.21.09
Electro-shocked stadium-ready Brit rock with an assist from Dan the Automator
2009 | Label: RCA Records Label

In case you're terrible at tracking the relative trendiness of British bands, here's the deal with Kasabian: they specialize in electro-shocked rock, a stadium-ready blend of Oasis, the Stone Roses and Primal Scream. Needless to say, the kids love this stuff overseas, but it hasn't fully caught on over here. That just might change with West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Assignment, a "soundtrack to an imaginary movie" produced by underground hip-hop icon Dan the Automator (Dr.… read more »

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On Fire

wondawful

Get Fire, Underdog, & Where Did All the Love Go.

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patchy but some brilliance

KingMonkey

cool production and a killer psychedelic vibe creates for a good atmospheric album. about of a third of it doesn't do anything for me but another third is a lot of fun. Underdog and Vlad are the stand out tracks for me.

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First exposure to Kasabian

mpbrock

I decided to give it a go and am glad I did. Vlad the Impaler and Fire are good tunes to try.

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i want to hate this trendy Brit band but.....

KfuMike

"Fire" and a couple other tracks just too damn good. I think Dan the Automator's production puts it over the edge for me.... good stuff

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Most Kasabian albums are bloated pieces of work, having been created by some of the most self-assured, loudmouthed rockers since the Gallagher brothers. West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is more demented than outsized, however, replacing the ego rock of Empire with a barmy blend of electronics, acoustics, horror movie ambience, and industrial psychedelia. Producer Dan the Automator adds touches of hip-hop to the mix, too, highlighting the band’s rhythmic base by stripping back the layers of guitar and synth samples. The result is an interesting, unexpected piece of work, devoid of a militantly commercial single like Empire’s self-titled track, and lacking the shaggy Madchester vibes that Christopher Karloff brought to 2004′s Kasabian. If the band’s eponymous debut was the soundtrack to a drug-filled night in England’s trendiest club, then West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is the soundtrack to the subsequent walk home, when the club has kicked out its last patrons and the streets are dark and forbidding. There’s enough psychedelia here to partially thwart the shadowy electronics — for every “Vlad the Impaler,” there’s a trippy counterpart like “Secret Alphabets” — and Kasabian often augments the new approach with old habits, like the dance-rock chorus that bisects the anxious, minimalist shuffle of “Fire.” Most of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum canvasses unfamiliar territory, however, a wise move for a group has routinely struggled to escape the shadow of its influences. – Andrew Leahey

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