Sound — 9
Kasabian have been an popular "underground" band the last couple of years, but they've made their mark in the commercial musicworld with songs like Empire, L.S.F. and Club Foot. Their new album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is a step towards the big bands in UK. The Album has a sound that is inspired from many different genres, but Kasabian manages to keep a very good structure on the whole album. It varies from the melancholic and strange feeling there is in Secret Alphabets and West Ryder Silver Bullet, to the rocky sound that has a lot of energy and cathy guitar riffs in Underdog, Fire and Take Aim.
Lyrics — 9
The variation in sound on the album certainly affects the lyrics in a very good way. You never get the feeling that any of the songs have the same structure in lyrics and sound. Especially "Underdog" has some very inspiring and interesting lyrics, but songs like "Happiness" and "Thick As Thieves" also has that cathy and meaningful lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is the best album that have been produced by a newer band in many years. Only Coldplays "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" has the same constant high quality in nearly every song. Best songs on the album are "Fire" "Take Aim" "West Ryder Silver Bullet" and "Secret Alphabets". The only weaker song on the album, which is not weak compared to many other bands, is "Ladies and Gentleman (Role The Dice)". This album is certainly a must, and everybody should give it a listen. Very inspiring.