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Kasabian, ‘Empire’ (RCA)

England’s Kasabian call upon producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Paul Oakenfold) to send the druggy club sounds of their debut album to boot camp, backing nearly every track here with militant marching beats. Where the band confidently sashayed through Stone Roses guitar pop — the addictive 2004 single “Club Foot” was the soundtrack of a ubiquitous Pontiac ad — Empire constantly changes its focus, from the synth-heavy theatrics of the title track through punk-infused vocalizing, jack-hammer percussion, and mellow, acoustic balladry.

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