West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum [CD/DVD] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Most Kasabian albums are bloated pieces of work, having been created by some of the most assuredly 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, thriller movie ambience, and industrial psychedelia. Producer Dan the Automator also adds touches of hip-hop to the mix, highlighting the band's rhythmic base by stripping back the layers of guitar and sampled synth. 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Most Kasabian albums are bloated pieces of work, having been created by some of the most assuredly 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, thriller movie ambience, and industrial psychedelia. Producer Dan the Automator also adds touches of hip-hop to the mix, highlighting the band's rhythmic base by stripping back the layers of guitar and sampled synth. 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 ensuing walk home, when that 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, such as the dance-rock chorus that bisects the anxious, minimalist shuffle of "Fire." The bulk of West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum canvasses unfamiliar territory, however, a wise move for a group that's routinely struggled to escape the shadow of its influences. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • UPC: 886975183326
  • Catalog Number: 7518332
  • Sales rank: 50,093

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Underdog (4:37)
  2. 2 Where Did All the Love Go? (4:17)
  3. 3 Swarfiga (2:18)
  4. 4 Fast Fuse (4:10)
  5. 5 Take Aim (5:23)
  6. 6 Thick as Thieves (3:06)
  7. 7 West Ryder Silver Bullet (5:15)
  8. 8 Vlad the Inpalmer (4:44)
  9. 9 Ladies and Gentlemen, Roll the Dice (3:33)
  10. 10 Secret Alphabets (5:07)
  11. 11 Fire (4:13)
  12. 12 Happiness (5:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kasabian Primary Artist
Ian Matthews Drums, Group Member
Helmut Zacharias Sampling
Rosario Dawson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Chris Marker Sampling
Sergio Pizzorno Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Tom Meighan Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Helmut Zacharias Composer
Jim Abbiss Engineer
Jane Harrison Producer
Sergio Pizzorno Composer, Producer
Rosie Danvers Arranger
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