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Empire [Kasabian] [CD] [1 disc] [886977302428]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 773024

  • Credits
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    On its second full-length, the U.K. band Kasabian is at its most effective when it sticks close to Mickie Most-inspired pop gems like the title track and the monolithically rocking "Shoot the Runner" (the latter of which, perhaps uniquely in the modern rock canon, conjures elements of both the Fall and of Deep Purple). The Ecstasy-gobbling ghost of Madchester hovers over the swaying "By My Side," while the hurtling hallucinogenic high of "Aponea" is the realistic-sounding aural manifestation of a cracking night's clubbing. No wonder singer Tom Meighan sounds fashionably exhausted on the pretty, reflective "British Legion," which, with its mood of post-party ennui, is nostalgically reminiscent of mid-period Kinks.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "EMPIRE constantly changes its focus, from the synth-heavy theatrics of the title track through punk-infused vocalizing, jack-hammer percussion, and mellow, acoustic balladry."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.95) - "[T]here is a certain genius to how cannily they combine elements of the past..." -- Grade: B
    Q (p.125) - Ranked #8 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006."
    Uncut (p.80) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] rock group with enough metronomic menace to attract indie diehards and disenfranchised clubbers....Like a sonic lightning rod, EMPIRE crackles with an electrifying tangle of influences..."
    Alternative Press (p.200) - "[L]ike a primer in recent rock history....[With] vaguely spiritual Stone Roses guitar freakouts throughout..."
    CMJ (p.48) - "This is the sound of swaggering suaves raised more on Chemical Brothers than Glimmer Twins."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Nailing Britpop harmonies to club beats is where they score most highly....EMPIRE is every bit as powerful as its title suggests."
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