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Top 10 Albums of 2011! #4 Velociraptor!

Kasabian has done it again with the alternative rock powerhouse of an album; Velociraptor!.

I’ve always been very perplexed with the band Kasabian’s popularity in the states. Here’s a band that simply knows how to play rock n’ roll. Never mind the fact that they’re from Britain, or that they’re landscapers of the alternative scene there, these guys just need to be acknowledged for their creative and talented approach to rocking out. I’m left to assume that the states simply can’t handle the ferocious beast that is Velociraptor!. Their fourth album is a very solid addition to their already amazing discography. Track for track, this might be the most complete album so far. I mean, seriously, these guys crammed so many great tracks into this one album they actually had to put out some amazing b-sides early. This was definitely an album I had no second guesses about ordering online and has seen many spins in my car this year. Kasabain’s other albums may still hold a special place in my heart (Because they’re f***ing awesome), but Velociraptor! is sure as sunrise going to be a CD future me is going to play a lot.

Switchblade Smiles” – Kasabian

Switchblade Smiles is the only song Kasabian is allowing to be shared on Soundcloud. Not that I don’t really enjoy this song I just strongly believe that Velociraptor! has so many stronger tracks to offer. Yet this is still the same signature scatterbrained alternative rock I would so easily associate with the band, and enjoy hearing from them. New comers might not fare as well with this particular track. Feel free to browse the Youtube links below for a greater variety of choices. Might I suggest one of my favorites Let’s Roll Like We Used To as a starting point.

Kasabian - Velociraptor! (click image to buy album)

  1. Let’s Roll Just Like We Used To“* 4:47
  2. Days Are Forgotten“* 5:02
  3. Goodbye Kiss“* 4:04
  4. La Fée Verte“* 5:47
  5. Velociraptor!“* 2:51
  6. Acid Turkish Bath (Shelter From the Storm)” 6:01
  7. I Hear Voices“* 3:58
  8. Re-Wired“* 4:44
  9. Man of Simple Pleasures” 3:51
  10. “Switchblade Smiles”* 4:13
  11. Neon Noon” 5:20
*Notable Tracks

Open and listen to Kasabian’s Velociraptor! in Spotify