Empire (Kasabian album)

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Studio album by Kasabian
Released 28 August 2006 / 12 April 2008
Recorded February 2006
Genre Indie rock, Britpop,[1] psychedelic rock, electronic rock
Length 39:24
Label BMG, Columbia
Producer Jim Abbiss, Kasabian
Kasabian chronology
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Singles from Empire
  1. "Empire"
    Released: 24 July 2006
  2. "Shoot the Runner"
    Released: 6 November 2006
  3. "Me Plus One"
    Released: 29 January 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars link
Entertainment.ie 2/5 stars link
The Guardian 3/5 stars link
The Independent 3/5 stars link
NME (9/10) link
The Boston Phoenix 2/5 stars link
Q 4/5 stars (#243, Oct. 2006, p. 116)

Empire is the second album by British indie rock[2] band Kasabian, released in August 2006. The album went onto No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart upon its release and was preceded by the release of new single "Empire" on 24 July 2006.

The album was recorded over two weeks after touring with Oasis.[citation needed] According to Tom Meighan in an interview on the album with the NME in early 2006, "Empire" is a word used by the band to describe something that is good. To date the album has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, including more than 600,000 in the UK.[when?]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sergio Pizzorno, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Empire" (Pizzorno, Karloff) 3:53
2. "Shoot the Runner"   3:27
3. "Last Trip (In Flight)"   2:53
4. "Me Plus One"   2:28
5. "Sun Rise Light Flies"   4:08
6. "Apnoea"   1:48
7. "By My Side" (Pizzorno, Karloff) 4:14
8. "Stuntman" (Pizzorno, Karloff) 5:19
9. "Seek & Destroy"   2:15
10. "British Legion"   3:19
11. "The Doberman"   5:34


  • Tom Meighan – lead vocals (all tracks except "Me Plus One", "Stuntman", and "British Legion")
  • Sergio Pizzorno – lead guitar, backing vocals, synths, rhythm guitar, lead vocals (on "Me Plus One", "Stuntman", and "British Legion")
  • Chris Edwards – bass
  • Ian Matthews – drums

Chart performance[edit]

Charts (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 64
French Albums Chart 56
Irish Albums Chart 3
Japan Albums Chart 8
New Zealand Albums Chart 19
Swiss Albums Chart 47
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200[4] 114


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