48:13

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48:13
Kasabian 48 13.jpg
Studio album by Kasabian
Released 6 June 2014 (2014-06-06)
Recorded 2013 in London, England
Genre
Length 48:13
Label Columbia (UK & Europe)
Harvest (USA)
Producer Sergio Pizzorno
Kasabian chronology
Velociraptor!
(2011)Velociraptor!2011
48:13
(2014)
For Crying Out Loud
(2017)For Crying Out Loud2017
Singles from 48:13
  1. "eez-eh"
    Released: 29 April 2014
  2. "bumblebeee"
    Released: 3 August 2014
  3. "bow"
    Released: 10 October 2014 (Italy only)[5]
  4. "stevie"
    Released: 7 November 2014[6]

48:13 is the fifth studio album by English rock band Kasabian. The album, produced by the band's leader, songwriter, guitarist and second vocalist Sergio Pizzorno[7][8] and named after its total running time, was released in Germany on 6 June 2014 and in the UK on 9 June 2014.[9][10] The album entered at number one on the UK Albums Chart in its first week of release making it the band's fourth consecutive UK number one album. The album received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics who often praised the music but criticized the lyrics. The lead single "eez-Eh" was released on 29 April 2014. The second single, "bumblebeee", was released on 3 August 2014. The video, directed by Alex Courtes,[11] was released in late July.

48:13 represents a return to the hip hop influenced sound of their debut album combined with the space-rock and neo-psychedelic sound of their more recent releases. 48:13 is notable for being the band's only album in which Pizzorno's lead vocal duties outweigh that of Tom Meighan, with 5 tracks being sung by Pizzorno, 4 sung by Meighan and 3 tracks which feature both on lead vocals.

Background[edit]

On 13 November 2013, Kasabian posted a teaser video on their official YouTube channel, announcing that the band's guitarist Sergio Pizzorno had been in the studio for the previous six months working on material for the new record.[12] In an interview with QRO magazine, the band also revealed that the album would be produced by Pizzorno, who also co-produced their 2011 album Velociraptor!.[7]

On 28 April 2014, Pizzorno said in a statement announcing the release of 48:13, "I felt that we had the confidence to be more direct, more honest with this album. I started to strip away layers rather than to just keep adding." Kasabian vocalist Tom Meighan added, "Less is more, you know? It's direct. It is what it is. Just listen to it. We've had the confidence to lay ourselves bare. Serge has stripped it right back. It's unbelievable."[8][13]

Kasabian have listed Kanye West, Joe Strummer[14] Nirvana, Death Grips, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys[15] as influences for the album.

Promotion and singles[edit]

On 4 April 2014, Tom Meighan and Sergio Pizzorno appeared in East London dressed in white overalls, painting large numbers "48:13" on a wall belonging to artist and fashion designer Aitor Throup, with whom the band has previously worked on the cover art for Velociraptor! (2011) and the music video for "Switchblade Smiles".[16][17] On 28 April 2014, the band announced the release of the album, and it became clear that the mural was referring to its title and artwork.[13]

48:13 was promoted by the lead single "Eez-eh",[18] released on 29 April 2014. A music video for the song, directed by Aitor Throup, was released onto YouTube the same day.[19]

On 11 June 2014, Pizzorno featured alongside Pete Donaldson on his Absolute Radio show, during which full versions of "Stevie" and "Treat" were played.[20] In support of the album, Kasabian made several appearances at festivals in Europe and Japan.[16] The band also headlined the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, performing on the Pyramid Stage on 29 June 2014.[21]

The second single, "bumblebeee", described by Pizzorno as a "Beastie Boys dub with a sort of Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine chorus", was released on 3 August 2014, with the music video, directed by Alex Courtes released on 27 July.[22] Over two months before its release, on 29 May 2014, "bumblebeee" was awarded Zane Lowe's Hottest Record.[23] The B-side of the "bumblebeee" single is "gelfling", named after the creature of the same name from the film The Dark Crystal.

The fourth single, "stevie", was a part of the soundtrack of the game, FIFA 15, made by EA Sports.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[24]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[25]
Clash 2/10[26]
The Daily Telegraph 2/5 stars[27]
Digital Spy 3.5/5 stars[28]
Drowned in Sound 5/10[29]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[30]
The Independent 4/5 stars[31]
NME 7/10 stars[32]
The Observer 3/5 stars[33]
Q 4/5 stars [34]

48:13 received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 62 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favourable" reviews.[24]

Digital Spy's Lisa Wright commented that "Kasabian are not quite up to Alex Turner's level of social commentary," but concluded that "when Kasabian accept what they do best and run with it – and at least half of 48:13 stays resolutely in this spirit – they're the lairy masters of undeniably pumped-up hedonistic fun."[28] Michael Hann of The Guardian wrote that the album is "properly exciting" and the band members "never forget that their purpose is to entertain," however, "the lyrics throughout are reliably terrible."[30] James Hall of The Daily Telegraph wrote a scathing review of Meighan's lofty ambitions for the album, surmising that "no moulds were broken during the making of this album".[27]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sergio Pizzorno.

No. Title Length
1. "(shiva)" 1:07
2. "bumblebeee" 4:01
3. "stevie" 4:45
4. "(mortis)" 0:48
5. "doomsday" 3:40
6. "treat" 6:53
7. "glass" 4:48
8. "explodes" 4:18
9. "(levitation)" 1:19
10. "clouds" 4:45
11. "eez-eh" 3:00
12. "bow" 4:27
13. "s.p.s" 4:22
Total length: 48:13
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
  • Live at Victoria Park, Leicester

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format(s)
Germany[9] 6 June 2014 Sony Music CD, 2x LP
France[57] 9 June 2014 CD, 2x LP, digital download
Poland[58] Digital download
United Kingdom[59] Columbia CD, 2x LP, digital download
Poland[60] 10 June 2014 Sony Music CD, 2x LP
Italy[61] CD, 2x LP, digital download
Australia[62] 14 June 2014
New Zealand[63] 17 June 2014
Japan[64] 18 June 2014
United States[65] 7 October 2014 Harvest Records CD, 2x LP, digital download

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Stevie" is part of the soundtrack for the video game FIFA 15. Lead single "eez-eh" has been used in the British media on a number of occasions within programmes and adverts.

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