Kasabian are used to being number one and their third release, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, isn’t changing a thing. Less harsh than their past efforts (sans the electro dibble dabbles and pub-rock anthems), the English quintet’s latest creation delves deeper into mellow psychedelia – an element that was apparent in their former works. Singer Tom Meighan oozes a sexuality that we always knew he had, and on tracks “Fire” and “Vlad the Impaler,” it’s easy to visual his on-stage struts and the classic drawl that are sultrier than ever. The frequent Mick Jagger comparison is justified throughout the course of the album and the paisley, velvet-clad spirits of late 60s trippiness shine on. Snapping me out of my nostalgia is “Where Did All The Love Go,” a Radio 1 friendly jam that takes me back to 2009, but I still can’t get out of the foggy, spliff-lighting haze that the Asylum has put me in. (RCA) –Andrea D’Alessandro

  1. Is this a joke? Heard this album and thought it was quite possibly one of the worst albums by a signed band I have ever heard.