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Garage rock, Brit pop and
synth sounds unite on Kasabian's
inaugural concert collection

Kasabian - Live At The O2
DVD Review

(Eagle Rock Entertainment)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
July 9, 2012

Review by Andy Argyrakis

On Kasabian's fourth full-length album "Velociraptor!" (Sony UK), the critically-lauded English act builds upon its space rock/electronica formula to incorporate a hearty dose of neo-psychedelia. It's equal parts Led Zeppelin, Brit rock and the synth-spiked side of the 80s, an enthralling combination that assisted its debut atop the UK charts and spawned an international arena tour (including two dates at London's prestigious O2).

The December 15, 2011 show makes up this subsequent DVD/Blu-ray release (which marks the band's first in its 15 year career), highlighting much of the new album crossed with key back catalogue tracks. Opener "Days Are Forgotten" blasts off the show with a guitar-doused bang, which coupled with floor to ceiling atmospheric projections, truly make the show leap off the screen. Aside from fellow foot-stomping current cuts like "I Hear Voices" and "Re-Wired," the concert brings to light several cuts from 2009's unjustifiably overlooked neo-psychedelic/space rock experiment "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum."

Yet the most immediate points of connect come from earlier synth-spiked singles like "Shoot The Runner" and "Club Foot," which help document the group's impressive ascent from bars to arenas. Add in the "I Hear Voices" documentary summarizing Kasabian's ethos of continuous evolution, and "Live At The O2" is a strong start to the band's visual collection.

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