ONCE hailed as the Midlands’ Happy Mondays, 48:13 (the title refers to the running time) marks Kasabian’s return to their dancier roots after the rock-outs of 2008’s West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum and 2011’s Velociraptor!
And although they’ve largely chucked the guitars out of the window in favour of rumbling and gurgling electronics, many of the tracks still pack a mean punch.
Opener Bumblebee and single Eez-eh could be the Prodigy at their fiercest, while there are definite early 80s influences on Glass and Explodes, even if the former sounds a little Spinal Tap does Gary Numan.
They’re at their most effective, though, on the more emotional Bow and SPS, which bring the curtain down nicely after the storm of what’s gone before.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh