Kasabian, 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' (RCA)

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by David Bevan

Teaming up with Gorillaz producer Dan "the Automator" Nakamura to hammer out their third album, these glammy Brit yobs try to revise the churning, sweatin'-to-the-'90s club beats that propelled their star-making (in the U.K.) 2004 debut. Twitchy, action-movie atmospherics still galvanize the thrust of "Fast Fuse" and lead single "Vlad theImpaler." But between the groovier tracks, the album rarely keeps its feet or focus for long, getting lost in mazes of mangy Stones riffs or acoustic roundabouts with little purpose or pulse.

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