For Crying Out Loud (album)

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For Crying Out Loud
Studio album by
Released5 May 2017 (2017-05-05)
StudioThe Sergery, Leicester; RAK Studios, London; The Strongroom, London
ProducerSergio Pizzorno
Kasabian chronology
For Crying Out Loud
Singles from For Crying Out Loud
  1. "You're in Love with a Psycho"
    Released: 17 March 2017
  2. "Are You Looking for Action?"
    Released: 21 April 2017
  3. "Ill Ray (The King)"
    Released: 2 May 2017
  4. "Bless This Acid House"
    Released: 4 May 2017
  5. "Comeback Kid"
    Released: 5 May 2017[3]

For Crying Out Loud is the sixth studio album by English rock band Kasabian. It was released worldwide on 5 May 2017. It is their last album to feature lead vocalist Tom Meighan before his departure from the band in 2020.


The single "Comeback Kid" was originally released for the FIFA 17 soundtrack, though it was leaked online to YouTube six days before the North American release of the game. The leak was promptly taken down.[4]


The album's cover, designed by Aitor Throup, consists of a monochrome photograph of the band's longtime roadie, Rick Graham's naked bust with digitally animated tears emanating from his eyes. A white background surrounds the photograph with the band's name above it and the album's title in quotation marks below with the year in parenthesis after the title. Throup worked in collaboration with photographer Neil Bedford and visual designer Daft Apeth to create the artwork. "I really wanted to challenge how I previously approached art direction, through the deconstruction of the graphic design tools and their known formulas – which I have used in previous works with Kasabian", Throup told It's Nice That. "I'm really embracing the basics of default composition, whilst creating my own default design process through doing so. I even wanted to embrace and explore the beauty of default fonts."[5]


The album was originally scheduled to be released on 28 April 2017 but was pushed back a week to 5 May 2017.[6][better source needed] It is also the band's first album to be released on a single 12" vinyl LP rather than 2x10" LPs.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
The Independent4/5 stars[11]
NME4/5 stars[12]

For Crying Out Loud received generally favourable 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 70, based on 14 reviews.[8]

NME praised the album's overall delivery, stating that "For Crying Out Loud is chockablock with massive tunes that make an instant impact."[12]

Despite the generally positive reviews, some reviewers were less favourable. Clash magazine gave the album a score of 4/10, describing it as "A mixed return that ultimately feels like a failure."[13]

The Quietus, meanwhile, gave a negative review, noting: "Say what you like about Kasabian but never have they been this pedestrian, predictable, and so utterly, utterly bland."[14]


Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
NME NME's Albums of the Year

Commercial performance[edit]

For Crying Out Loud topped the UK Albums Chart with 52,000 combined units in its first week of release, giving Kasabian their fifth consecutive number-one album. It also ended Ed Sheeran's nine-week run on the top spot with ÷, beating it out by 5,000 copies.[16] The album was certified silver by the BPI on 19 May 2017.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Sergio Pizzorno.

1."Ill Ray (The King)"3:39
2."You're in Love with a Psycho"3:35
4."Good Fight"3:50
6."Comeback Kid"4:19
7."The Party Never Ends"3:52
8."Are You Looking for Action?"8:22
9."All Through the Night"3:31
10."Sixteen Blocks"4:19
11."Bless This Acid House"3:44
12."Put Your Life on It"4:35
Total length:51:03
Deluxe Edition: "Underdog" (2016) Live at King Power Stadium[18]
3."Shoot the Runner"3:50
5."Fast Fuse"4:19
6."Days Are Forgotten"4:56
8."British Legion"3:24
9."The Doberman/Take Aim"6:56
10."Put Your Life on It"4:39
12."L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)"7:04
14."Vlad the Impaler"5:57




Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Gold 100,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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