Sound — 10
Apparantly named after Charles Manson's getaway driver, Kasabian's hit single, "Club Foot" caught my ear when it was featured in a car commercial. Months later, I heard the undeniably catchy "Reason Is Treason", and I decided that I should get this album. They are certainly not what I expected them to be. Kasabian are very strange and psychedelic, while also incredibly catchyand they certainly don't lose track of their songs and have them end up in a giant mess like so many psychedelic bands do. With many almost Middle Eastern techniques and backwards guitars, they sometimes sound like some of George Harrison's better songs.
Lyrics — 8
I haven't yet had a chance to really listen to the lyrics on this album, but from what I've heard, they are witty, well-written, and a little trippy as well. The singer has an outstanding voice for this kind of music: pretty deep, and with a British accent complimenting his raspy singing. From what I can tell, the lyrics aren't outstanding, but they are more than acceptable.
Overall Impression — 9
While they may be compared to bands like the Strokes or the White Stripes to the untrained ear, Kasabian is nothing like those bands; they ARE somewhat pop like, but with prominent psychadelic undertones. My favorites are "Processed Beats," "L.S.F," "Cutt Off," "Test Transmission," and "Running Battle." This is truly a standout album, and Kasabian deserve to be much bigger than they are right now.