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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Empire
2. Shoot The Runner
3. Last Trip (In Flight)
4. Me Plus One
5. Sun Rise Light Flies
6. Apnoea
7. By My Side
8. Stuntman
9. Seek & Destroy
10. Breitish Legion
11. The Doberman

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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

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Just based on the only review here I had to respond. I bought this album without having heard a single track. After hearing the first song (Empire) in I was hooked, in fact if it was just that song I would have deemed it worthy of a 5 star review but the quality doesn't stop there. The brilliance of Kasabian is there uniqueness, I don't think they easily slip into a category, AND there is enough of a difference between this and their debut album to justify enthusiasm at their advancement as a band. Shoot the runner, Empire, Sun rise light flies and the superb British Legion are standouts but I don't think there is a bad song here. Living in Canada I have never seen Kasabian live other than on TV, but they look and sound amazing. Powerful, original and worth checking out. Rock 'n Roll with brains.
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The proper transition between West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum's lean toward rock, while still acknowledging the more synth and loop sounds of their first album. Lots to dance too, but The Doberman shows that they can still craft a song without using a dance formula. A great album for new fans of Kasabian.
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Bought this after seeing them live and owning the 1st album and was sorely disappointed. On a second listen, though, it's not bad at all. "Sun Rise Light Flies" is a fantastic tune and for that alone I'm glad I kept this CD around.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9a077e88) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0efa20) out of 5 stars Not like their first but still worthy Oct. 5 2006
By Andrew T. Currier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kasabian's self titled first release is one that I found very enjoyable. Some of the tracks I rarely listened to but cuts like "Reason Is Treason," "Cutt Off," and "L.S.F." has this disc continually in moderate to heavy rotation in my car CD collection. The reasons I liked it so much was the use of electronica/keyboards along with great melodies and a real swagger.

This album is very different than their first one. Gone is their lead guitarist and keyboardist, who was fired due to creative differences with the rest of the band, so a major portion of what made the first album good has been replaced. I still enjoy "Empire," but there are very few semblances to "Kasabian." The first single, "Empire" is similar and very good, got a catchy chorus. "Apnoea" is very close to their first batch of songs, but it's less than two minutes long??! Why, guys, why make a track that sounds half-finished? The best track on the album though, I'd have to say is "Stuntman." You can hear in its entirety on their myspace page. It's extremely catchy and sounds similar to the first album. "By My Side" stands out too, as it has a minor tone which reminds me of some of their earlier material.

I wonder what this album would have sounded like had the band stayed intact? I sure would have loved to hear that, but overall this album still is worth a listen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0efa74) out of 5 stars Rule The Empire Sept. 3 2006
By alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kasabian's new release is determined to be one the most celebrated cds of 2006. It's as narcicistic and pompous as its tittle indicates and truly succeeds on experimenting with new soundscapes creating a coherent cd, eventhough not all of the eleven tracks share the same creativity.

EMPIRE sets the tone for the whole album. Its marching military beat, the hypnotic violins during the chorus and the changing electronic bases make this song one of those that has to be heard to be understood. A really risky single, definitely not mainstream. A piece of musical art.

SHOOT THE RUNNER is a frentic melody, based on a set of clapping hands. Heard to be the 2nd single. It has the same musical aura of their first cd but sounds crispy new.

LAST TRIP is another fast paced song. Has a kind of retro feel, mostly due to its heavily-charged vocal background.

ME PLUS ONE keeps on incorporating an eastern flavour on the band's new sound. Begins semi-acousticly and keeps on with the rythm until a tricky violin melody is added at the end. Simply gorgeous.

SUN/RISE/LIGHT/FLIES serves as another example of what I've mentioned on the previous track. Is truly anthemic, makes you feel like travelling through space and time. Song like this has gained them comparison to the Stone Roses. Marvelous.

APNOEA it's a techno danceable interlude. Addictive but short.

BY MY SIDE sticks to your head instantly. Danceable donwtempo song, greately mixed and produced. Could crowd at the same time a chill out bar and a trendy disco.

STUNTMAN is another heavily electronic song. Mind blowing, fast, agressive, feels like a gunshot.

SEEK AND DESTROY relies on a looped videogame-like beat. Trippy.

BRITISH LEGION turns the album upside down before the grand finale as it's mainly acoustic. Sounds like a late Beatles era song.

THE DOBERMAN finishes the album as an apocalyptic anthem. Listen to the whole of it and explore the changes of rythm, the dums, the trumpets, the voices...

The curse about the sophomore release is over for Kasabian. They've reached to the musical maturity that some of us were anticipating since their self-titled album. Can't wait to see where they'll next be headed to.
Until then, there's plenty to enjoy here...
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0efeac) out of 5 stars Solid sophomore album Sept. 21 2006
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kasabian blasted onto the UK rock scene in 2004 with their impeccable self-titled debut album, boosted by several huge UK hits like "Reason is Treason" and "L.S.F.(Lost Souls Forever)", bringing a hard-charging sound, dipping into psychedelic rock. I loved their debut album, and was wondering whether the band could deliver on the second album. No worries!

"Empire" (11 tracks, 39 min.) starts off kicking and screaming with the title track (and first UK single) and right away my fears of a let-down are taken care off. This is a great album, from start to finish. Other highlights include "Me Plus One", "Seek & Destroy", and the standout track "Stuntman", with high energy all around, just great. The 5+ min. closer "The Doberman" is the perfect synposis of the album.

I saw Kasabian in concert when they were touring their debut album, and if anything the live experience was even better than the terrific debut album. Can't wait to see those guys again bringing the new album in concert. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0f4288) out of 5 stars To counter the brit-pop loving retards May 7 2007
By Music over Noise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A review from someone not "poisoned" by having heard their first album. No expectations, no preconceived notions. I found it at a listening station in a record store.

Fantastic. If you don't like the stand-out tracks of Doberman, a non-linear opus that takes you for a ride, the wonderfully rocking Stuntman, or attention grabbing Empire, then there is no hope for you.

Regardless of what they've done in the past, this album by itself, IS GREAT. If they (perhaps) made a better album previously, that doesn't lessen the value of this one at all.

Learn to appreciate good music, this would be a good start.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a0f436c) out of 5 stars grows on you over time Jan. 11 2007
By Shannon R. Ludwig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kasabian's new album does not have the same number of instantly catchy songs the first album in known for. Listening to the album just once may be disappointing, especially if you are expecting the exact same edgy style. Not to despair; "Empire" is truly an album to let grow on you. Over time I have come to appreciate it even more than "Kasabian." The new Kasabian sounds very familiar to a new band from Norway called KEN, whose new album "STOP! LOOK! Sing Songs of Revolution!" sounds like a combination of Kasabian and the Beatles.