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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Exciting guitar work; unintelligible lyrics.

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Positive Messages

The lyrics seem so internal that there's no real social message -- maybe these guys need to get out more.


A couple of songs might be interpreted as being about violence and/or suicide.


Some fairly dense innuendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of passing references to smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the lead singer doesn't enunciate well enough to worry about any of the album's lyrical content. Really.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byfatcatmikez April 9, 2008

Good Album - Better Than Their First

Overall good CD. I don't know why they are freaking out about not being able to understand what they are saying. That only happens in 2-3 songs. Really not... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's fun to imagine the members of Kasabian returning from a hugely successful world tour, only to hear their mothers complain that they can't understand a word the boys are saying because they mumble. Lyrics, even if they could be understood, don't offer a lot of substance: \"Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner/I'm a king and she's my queen/Dream again in your way/Always knew that you would/Lose yourself to the scene/Am I only a dream.\" This is one pretty typical example. But the powerful rhythm section on EMPIRE saves the day, providing the backbone for thickly layered guitar, synthesized string parts, and a lead vocalist who appears to have listened to a lot of Tom Petty records.

Is it any good?

Empire is a lush and layered collection of grand musical ideas, some of which are spectacular. The only danger is the band's apparent tendency to take itself a little too seriously, allowing all that wonderfully inspired musicianship to come across as pretentious. Even if you can't understand the words, you'll find that the thick, intricate instrumental and rhythmic interplay tells the most interesting story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how much easier it is to be understood when you don't mumble. How do the members of Kasabian get their message across in ways other than words? Is it important to be able to hear songs' lyrics to enjoy them? Do songs mean more to you when you know the words?

Music details

  • Artist: Kasabian
  • Release date: September 19, 2006
  • Label: BMG Import
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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