Velociraptor!

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Velociraptor!
Velociraptor!.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 September 2011 (2011-09-16)
RecordedNovember 2010 – March 2011 in Leicester, England
Genre
Length50:38
LabelRCA
Producer
Kasabian chronology
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
(2009)
Velociraptor!
(2011)
48:13
(2014)
Singles from Velociraptor!
  1. "Days Are Forgotten"
    Released: 12 August 2011
  2. "Re-Wired"
    Released: 21 October 2011
  3. "Goodbye Kiss"
    Released: 20 February 2012
  4. "Man of Simple Pleasures"
    Released: 7 May 2012

Velociraptor! is the fourth studio album by English rock[1] band Kasabian, released on 16 September 2011. The album has been described as expanding upon the neo-psychedelic feel of their previous album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum with a stronger emphasis on experimental song structures and instrumentation. It was released to critical acclaim and became their third UK number-one album, its lead single "Days Are Forgotten", first released in Belgium on 12 August, and in the United Kingdom on 9 September 2011 - debuted at number 28 on the UK Singles Chart. Their song was featured in EA Sports game, FIFA 12 with "Switchblade Smiles".

Miscellany[edit]

"Switchblade Smiles" was made available as a free download to anybody who pre-ordered the album from the band's official website store from 7 June 2011. The track is also available as a free download on the band's fanpage on Facebook.

Q magazine listed "Re-Wired" as the number 1 track to download in their October 2011 issue.

The album cover is an edited picture of all four band members covered in feathers (as Velociraptors were traditionally feathery) and screaming, edited from the "Switchblade Smiles" music video.[2] Music videos for "Days Are Forgotten", "Re-Wired", "Goodbye Kiss", "Man of Simple Pleasures" and "Neon Noon" were also produced and released through the band's Vevo page on YouTube.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[4]
Consequence of Sound4/5 stars[5]
Digital Spy4/5 stars
The Fly8/10 stars
Guardian4/5 stars[6]
The Independent4/5 stars
NME8/10 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars [8]
Slant3.5/5 stars[9]
Daily Telegraph4/5 stars[10]
Focus6/10 stars[11]

Velociraptor! received a strong critical reception and is often considered by fans and critics to be one of the band's strongest albums. On Metacritic, Velociraptor! has the band's highest rating with a score of 79 out of 100 based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[3] Their previous best album score was 68, held by West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009).[12]

NME stated that Kasabian have lived up to expectations and believe the album is a huge step up from their previous albums.[citation needed] Antiquiet gave it 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and declared that "Kasabian has found a way to channel everything you love about The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead while still keeping the unique sound that sets them apart from the contemporaries like Coldplay, Muse and The Killers."[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling over 90,000 copies in its first week. In 2011, Velociraptor! sold 279,000 copies in the UK.[14] With little support from Sony Music, the album failed to chart in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sergio Pizzorno.

No.TitleLength
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

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[44] 16 September 2011 CD, CD/DVD,

Digital download

Sony Music
Belgium[45]
Ireland[46]
Italy[47]
United States[48]
France[49] 19 September 2011
New Zealand[50]
United Kingdom[51] Columbia Records
Spain[52] 20 September 2011 Sony Music
Japan[53] 21 September 2011

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