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The Alchemist's Euphoria

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. It is Kasabian's first album in five years, following For Crying Out Loud (2017), and first to feature Serge Pizzorno as a sole lead vocalist after former frontman Tom Meighan was fired in 2020 amid his domestic assault conviction.

Pizzorno, previously the lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist in the band, then took over sole lead vocal duties. davvero un gran bel disco, di cui continuo ad aumentare l'apprezzamento ad ogni ascolto, e anche un gran bel concerto! The fact that the track shifts from plaintive acoustic guitar to a thumping house beat and swirling synths – and all in the space of about 60 seconds – tells you everything you need to know about the Kasabian 2. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Infatti solo dopo due soli ascolti del disco, che mi è arrivato il giorno prima del loro concerto all'Alcatraz di Milano, ho deciso di vederli dal vivo, pure per la prima volta per me nonostante li segua dai tempi di Velociraptor, e le canzoni di the Alchemist's Euphoria incluse nella scaletta sono ancora più potenti suonate dal vivo.The seventh Kasabian album nods in those directions without stepping conclusively towards them, and offers up some of the bullish, uptempo rock that sets moshpits roiling.

Pizzorno has as much interest in texture as he does in instrumentation; in making things sound like something else – you’d swear the single Scriptvre opens with an orchestra of ships’ foghorns. Of the album, Serge Pizzorno comments: 'One thing about this record I feel over the other ones, is it definitely feels like a body of work that belongs together. Even if your head’s not right, it’ll be alright,” Serge sings softly, “if you just start letting go”, his steely resolve revealing the sense of rebirth at the core of ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’. Como siempre he abrazado y amado la vertiente electrónica y psicodélica del grupo no he tenido "problemas de digestión" con el estilo del disco, que es algo totalmente subjetivo. It’s the kind of thing you might more readily expect to hear on the Calm app than on the new one from the tub-thumping lad-rockers who barreled in with the rifftastic ‘Club Foot’ back in 2004.

Smyth described the album as "punchy", writing that "Scriptvre" has "crunching breakbeats and snarling guitars" and "Rocket Fuel" is "a bit silly really, with its mix of rave synths and chanted vocals". And that presence is needed when you’re delivering lyrics such as: “Jet packs / Life in a simulator / Drip feed / Straight to the incubator. Later, on the marching ‘STRICTLY OLD SKOOL’, Serge champions those outside-the-box thinkers who can’t be contained by other people’s expectations: “You’re Dr. EURO) schon eine Zumutung (alleine das Herausgefummele von Tonträger oder Booklet, das Einreißen der dünnen Pappe beim Herausnehmen oder Wiederverstauen; die abgestoßenen Ecken und Kanten und so weiter und so fort), kann man dem Ganzen auch noch die Krone aufsetzen, indem das Digisleeve auch noch ein anderes Format als Jewelcase, Digipak oder das normale Digisleeve hat: es ist nämlich noch kleiner. So kann man den Umsatz „körperlicher“ Tonträger immer weiter zurückfahren und sich danach über die bösen, bösen Streamingdienste beschweren.

But one still longs for Pizzorno to make the album that is as great as the breadth of his imagination suggests. The eerie indelibility of Days are Forgotten, or Fire’s lumpen power, are missing, leaving the strings of lyrical cliches that Pizzorno ladles up horribly exposed. Was aber gar nicht geht - auch wenn Kasabian hierauf keinen maßgeblichen Einfluss haben - ist die flächendeckend zunehmend miese Verpackung.

Although Pizzorno’s reedy squeak usually sounds more suited to psych-folk played in regional arts centres, Meighan was always better on stage than in the studio, and is only missed here for his ability to sell a chorus. The album’s centrepiece is a problem, too: a three-piece suite of apparently “space-inspired tracks”, The Wall, TUE (the ultraview effect) and Stargazr. About the album, Pizzorno stated that it "takes some pretty obscure turns" and has a "big, epic sound but with a personal touch as well. Produced by Serge Pizzorno and Fraser T Smith, mixed by Spike Stent and written by Serge, ‘Scriptvre’ is one of the many standout tracks on their eagerly anticipated new album ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’ unveiled August 5th on Columbia Records.

Folky acoustic jig ‘Letting Go’ twinkles with the magic dust we’ve come to expect from co-producer Fraser T. Would he reprise the agreeably off-the-wall ventures of his solo project, the SLP, on which he appeared unable to decide whether he wanted to be a rapper or a forger of grand prog concepts? Kasabian review, The Alchemist's Euphoria: Departure of Tom Meighan hasn't dimmed electro-rockers' energy". The group’s resulting seventh album, ‘The Alchemist’s Euphoria’, is a whipsmart collection that pings from classic Kasabian piss-up chant-alongs (scything lead single ‘ALYGATYR’; the tellingly titled ‘ROCKET FUEL’) to starry eyed ballads – with, perhaps surprisingly, the emphasis on the latter. Then again, it’s maybe not that surprising after all, given that Pizzorno already pushed himself forward with exploratory solo project The S.His self-titled album under that moniker, which featured rappers Little Simz and Slowthai, ached with woozy, bluesy, minimalist comedown tunes. In 2020, the day after his departure from Kasabian was announced, he was convicted of assaulting his partner, and in due course Pizzorno decided he was going to take centre stage.

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