Empire

~ Release group by Kasabian

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Empire (Limited Edition) CD + DVD-Video 11 + 3 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) PARADISE39 828768850220
Empire 2×10" Vinyl 6 + 5 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PARADISE38 828768849910
Empire CD 11 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) PARADISE37 828768849927
Empire (unknown) 11
Empire Digital Media 15 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) [none]
Empire CD 11 RCA (RCA Records: simple ‘RCA’ or 'RCA' with lightning bolt in circle) 82876 88323-2 828768832325
Empire Digital Media 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)
Empire Digital Media 16 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available)
Empire (限定盤) CD + DVD-Video 16 + 8 BMG JAPAN BVCP-28067, BVCP-28068 4988017645901
Empire CD 11 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) 82876893422 828768934227
Promotion
Empire CD + DVD-Video 11 + 3 Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Aug 5, 2004 - Oct 1, 2008; do not use if a specific sub-label is available) 82876898182 0828768981825

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Empire
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000445384 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/89980 [info]
Wikidata: Q748870 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Empire (Kasabian album) [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Kasabian:Empire_(2006) [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/389x [info]

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In a music world where bands are now made into legends on the back of one decent single, Kasabian are practically at god status, despite their decidedly average eponymous debut.

If that album posed one question, it was whether the band lacked an extra dimension; an ability to write something other than a full-on chaotic anthem. Empire doesn't do anything to allay that worry, though it does at least show they've widened their musical references.

Opening with the ridiculously pompous title track and rushing straight into a bizarre slab of glam rock in "Shoot The Runner", there's a distinct worry that the lads have lost it completely. Then "Last Trip (In Flight)" kicks in the tight beats and normal service is resumed.

There are still hiccups, not least with the ballad "British Legion" and the Chemical Brothers outtake "Apnoea", but "Sun/Rise/Light/Flies" maddening epicness, the twisting techno throb of "Stuntman", and the closing swirling psychedelia of "The Doberman" do enough to fill in the major cracks in the album.

Empire is an adequate successor to an adequate debut, but let's remember something. True musical legends have more than one string to their bow. It's time for Kasabian to find theirs.