Remember the British music scene of the early '90s? England's Kasabian sure does. The band channels the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and early Primal Scream on its debut album.

Remember the British music scene of the early '90s? England's Kasabian sure does. The band channels the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and early Primal Scream on its debut album. However, it does it with a darker edge and updated technology, seamlessly combining muscular guitars, driving basslines, multiple keyboards and, to borrow one of its song titles, processed beats. The band is already a smash in its home country, where this album debuted at No. 4 and was certified gold in just two weeks. Stateside, the single "Club Foot" has made an impact on the modern charts, and tastemaker station KITS (Live 105) San Francisco added a whopping five tracks from the album. Songs like "Reason Is Treason," "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" and "Processed Beats" should keep the band on the radio. Whether it is described as danceable rock, rock-infused dance or sinister Britpop, Kasabian has made an excellent debut album.—BT

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