For Crying Out Loud
Kasabian are often hailed as the heirs to Oasis, and the Leicester quartet’s crown as Lords of the Laddishness remains in place with this typically brash, macho sixth album.
III Ray (The King) is a braggadocio album opener that marries a sledgehammer riff with a clubby, remix-ready electro interlude. But it's the fumes of the Gallagher brothers's indulgent epic Be Here Now – 20 years old in August – that guitarist/songwriter/producer Sergio Pizzorno seems to have been inhaling while crafting For Crying Out Loud, a more wantonly variable, hit-and-miss set than its pedestrian predecessor, 2014's 48:13. Are You Looking for Action? is a meandering eight minutes of white-boy psych-funk.
Like Oasis's endless All Around the World, closing lighter-waver Put Your Life on It pays homage to The Beatles' Hey Jude. Escapism is a recurring theme – in the lovelorn lost soul of Wasted, and the subdued The Party Never Ends – but overall this is an album of simple celebration, not mindful reflection.
The misleadingly named Bless This Acid House is the kind of witlessly blissful, fist-pumping arena rock that will keep Kasabian's gaudy crown in place for a few years yet.