(Sony); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Another grand statement from a band whose stock in trade is one musical exclamation mark after another, 48:13 sees this powerful unit release their fourth UK Number 1 debuting album in a row!

And there’s a reason for this popularity. They know how to write a memorable tune and, 20 years after Oasis reminded audiences what pop songs and pop attitude were all about, Kasabian continues the tradition in spades.

With an album cover that simply lists the track running times, the band has now reached a point where they are able to take some risks and let the listeners follow them down whichever road they choose.

In the case of 48:13, it’s a taste for electronica that outlines their sonic roadmap - think Primal Scream and the Chemical Brothers with Noel Gallagher as melodic quality controller.

As expected, the album is full of irresistible choruses but, interestingly, it revels in the unexpected, lurching between simple but finely crafted songs, atmospheric synth interludes, barely contained energy and clumsy romanticism.

All of which makes for a compelling listen indeed.
Finally, after all the footstomping revelry and quirky electronic diversions, the album closes nice and gently with the poignant SPS and its sleepy chorus “Didn’t we all have such a good time?”

Yes we did.

Vibrant and vital.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.