Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 52:04 minutes | 590 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © Columbia

“West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum” is the third studio album by British indie rock band Kasabian, which was released in June 2009. It is also the first album by the band to not feature Christopher Karloff, the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, following his departure during the writing stages of Kasabian’s second album, Empire. The rhythm guitarist Sergio Pizzorno took over as the main force behind the band’s song writing and also forced as lead guitarist to replace Karloff’s duties. The album name is not related to the Sydney suburb of West Ryde in New South Wales, Australia. The album was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. In October 2009, it was voted the best album of the year by Q Magazine.

Most Kasabian albums are bloated pieces of work, having been created by some of the most self-assured, loudmouthed rockers since the Gallagher brothers. West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is more demented than outsized, however, replacing the ego rock of Empire with a barmy blend of electronics, acoustics, horror movie ambience, and industrial psychedelia. Producer Dan the Automator adds touches of hip-hop to the mix, too, highlighting the band’s rhythmic base by stripping back the layers of guitar and synth samples. The result is an interesting, unexpected piece of work, devoid of a militantly commercial single like Empire’s self-titled track, and lacking the shaggy Madchester vibes that Christopher Karloff brought to 2004’s Kasabian. If the band’s eponymous debut was the soundtrack to a drug-filled night in England’s trendiest club, then West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is the soundtrack to the subsequent walk home, when the club has kicked out its last patrons and the streets are dark and forbidding. There’s enough psychedelia here to partially thwart the shadowy electronics — for every “Vlad the Impaler,” there’s a trippy counterpart like “Secret Alphabets” — and Kasabian often augments the new approach with old habits, like the dance-rock chorus that bisects the anxious, minimalist shuffle of “Fire.” Most of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum canvasses unfamiliar territory, however, a wise move for a group has routinely struggled to escape the shadow of its influences. ~ Andrew Leahey

01 – Underdog
02 – Where Did All the Love Go
03 – Swarfiga
04 – Fast Fuse
05 – Take Aim
06 – Thick as Thieves
07 – West Ryder Silver Bullet
08 – Vlad the Impaler
09 – Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll the Dice)
10 – Secret Alphabets
11 – Fire
12 – Happiness



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