Empire (Kasabian album)

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Kasabian - Empire.jpg
Studio album by
Released28 August 2006 / 12 April 2008
RecordedFebruary 2006
LabelParadise, RCA
ProducerJim 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

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

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. As of 3 May 2017 the album has sold over 800,000 copies in the band's home country of the UK.[2]

"Empire" was the first Kasabian album to feature drummer Ian Matthews, who was recruited in 2005. Lead songwriter and guitarist Christopher Karloff left the band in early 2006, during recording of the album, having contributed the lyrics for three tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment.ie2/5 stars[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
The Independent3/5 stars link[permanent dead link]
The Boston Phoenix2/5 stars link
PopMatters6/10 stars[8]
Q4/5 stars (#243, Oct. 2006, p. 116)
Rolling Stone1/5 stars[9]

Empire received mixed-to-positive reviews. Music critics were divided by the band's choices in production and lyricism, despite being better than their self-titled debut. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 65, based on 20 reviews.[3]

Dan Martin of NME found the album better than their self-titled debut, praising the band for mixing all their influences into tracks that can be called their own, saying that "Through sheer, bloody-minded relief, weapons-graded stamina and a big, big imagination, Kasabian have willed themselves into brilliance."[7] Jason MacNeil of PopMatters found some production choices on the tracks off-putting but said that the album shows the band's potential of crafting better projects in their given ilk, concluding that "On the whole, it’s a good second step, but hopefully step three is more in line with the shock and awe the first album contained."[8] Chris Salmon of The Guardian noted that Kasabian's boastful talk of the album resulted in a mixed bag of tracks that fall just shy of their claim, in terms of influenced production and lyricism, saying that "While Empire isn't an exceptional record, it offers enough to be described as a good one."[6]

AllMusic's David Jeffries commended the band for taking a grand-scale approach to mixing their influences into an Oasis-sized project, but felt they forgot to write catchy tracks to lead the album, saying that, "Lost in all this is the instantly grabbing songwriting of Kasabian's debut, and to some extent, the bandmembers themselves, who often seem to be riding this swirl instead of guiding it."[4] Despite praising a few tracks, Lauren Murphy of Entertainment.ie felt the album was just a retread of their debut with Tom Meighan's vocals starting to sound strained throughout, concluding with, "If Kasabian hadn't attempted to build their Empire by recounting its wonderment prematurely, it might have stood a chance; instead, their audacity just proves them to be, unsurprisingly, more geezer, less Caesar."[5] Peter Relic of Rolling Stone criticized the album for sounding like a rehash of established British rock bands and Meighan for having weak vocal delivery on the tracks, calling it "miles worse than their shallow but tasty first, its big-budget production only making its shortcomings more apparent."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sergio Pizzorno, except where noted.

1."Empire" (Pizzorno, Christopher 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
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


Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Copsley, Rob. "Kasabian's Official Top 10 Singles Revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Empire by Kasabian". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Empire - Kasabian". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Murphy, Lauren (31 August 2006). "Kasabian - Empire". Entertainment.ie. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b Salmon, Chris (25 August 2006). "CD: Kasabian, Empire". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b Martin, Dan (25 August 2006). "Kasabian: Empire". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  8. ^ a b MacNeil, Jason (5 November 2006). "Kasabian: Empire". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  9. ^ a b Relic, Peter (7 September 2006). "Kasabian: Empire". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 3 April 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2007.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Empire (Bonus Track Version) by Kasabian". iTunes.
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Empire by Kasabian". iTunes.
  12. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Kasabian – Empire". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kasabian – Empire". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 35, 2006". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Kasabian – Empire". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kasabian – Empire". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Kasabian | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  18. ^ "Kasabian Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  19. ^ Copsey, Rob (3 May 2017). "Kasabian's Official Top 10 biggest singles revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Kasabian – Empire". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Empire in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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