Kasabian

Kasabian (RCA)

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If you believe the British music press, Kasabian -- named after Linda Kasabian, the Manson family member turned state's witness -- is the most incendiary band to emerge from the U.K. since the Stone Roses. It's not hard to understand the critics' enthusiasm: Vocalist Tom Meighan is a fount of quotable quips, and the band's genre-bending debut is an ambitious stew of Madchester, Britpop, and electronica leavened with equal parts Beatles and Neu! -- all excellent ingredients for potentially transcendent rock and roll.

But Kasabian makes no lasting impact, largely because there isn't a single song here remotely as memorable as anything on, say, Screamadelica or the Stone Roses' debut. Kasabian clearly wants to shake pop music out of its doldrums, but attitude and a cool record collection alone aren't enough to trigger a revolution.

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