Coming off their acclaimed self-titled debut, Kasabian is poised for world musical domination. There is no doubt that the stage is set for Kasabian to take things to the next level and their follow-up, aptly titled Empire, delivers on that potential and then some. Produced by Jim Abiss, renowned for his own work with Arctic Monkeys, Placebo and Paul Oakenfold to name a few, Empire is a far more ambitious, personal, and darker record than the band's first outing.
It was easy to see where Kasabian was coming from on its self-titled 2004 debut: Take Oasis' classic rock bluster, slap it together with the Chemical Brothers' acid-soaked club beats, and shake fiercely. But how to improve on a formula the British band already perfected with early singles like "Club Foot" and "Reason Is Treason"? That's easy: more of the same, only louder. On Empire,
the shaggy-haired quartet adds dizzying strings and a heavy glam-rock stomp to its new songs, delivering roof-quaking tracks like "Shoot The Runner," "Sun Rise Light Flies" and the monstrous title cut. Even if the songs don't always measure up to their predecessors, the sound is reassuringly riotous. --Aidin Vaziri