In England, every 'best new band' is destined to be compared with their predecessors from the 'good old days'. Critics are saying Leicester-based Kasabian's self-titled first album belongs in the same category as the Manchester movement's big names, such as Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Primal Scream. But the gang of four is not producing something in between, or a straight-forward retro album - they are summarizing the most vibrant moments of the British music scene. Thumping, yet jumpy, bass is inherited from legendary bassist Mani of Stone Roses (who later joined Primal Scream), giant big beat from Chemical Brothers is spiced with the occasional funky synthesized beat - the musical influences are obvious, but all are transformed into a new musical by singer Tim Meighan's lazy yet affluent yelling. The track Club Foot is made for the dance floor. Despite the political lyrics, Meighan's voice is more like an instrument than a voice. Perhaps that's what a band is meant to be.