Recently few bands have bisected popular opinion like Kasabian. Everyone's agreed they sound like a journey to a past inhabited by the Stone Roses, via short stopovers in XTRMTR era Primal Scream and a quick detour through Oasis'arrogance. Where the divisions appear is between those who think this is a good thing and those who think it's the worst idea since asking The Darkness to help out with Band Aid.
With Tom Meighan producing his best Stars In Their Eyes vocal ("Tonight Matthew I'm going to be...Ian Brown!"), snake-charming flute loops and a bass-line that Mani swore he already wrote five years ago, Cutt Off should work but, for some reason, it doesn't. Kasabian always tread a fine line between bristling with barely concealed menace and just being thuggishly simian and, sadly, this trips into the later.
Maybe it's the lyrics. Not that Kasabian are ever movingly poetic, but this is just laughably bad, so much so that it actually distracts you from the rest of the track. Still, 'tis the season and all that, and Kasabian made a lot of good music in 2004, so we'll just chalk this one up to experience and hope they do better next time.