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Do You Like Rock Music?

British Sea PowerAudio CD
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British Sea Power is a six-piece band currently based in South East England and on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland.

BSP have been acknowledged by the great institutions: David Bowie, the National Maritime Museum, Jarvis Cocker and the British Horseracing Authority. They are a band that plays forests and giant rock halls as specially requested guests of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes and ... Read more in Amazon's British Sea Power Store

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  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ROUGH TRADE
  • ASIN: B00111COHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All In It
2. Lights Out For Darker Skies
3. No Lucifer
4. Waving Flags
5. Canvey Island
6. Down On The Ground
7. A Trip Out
8. The Great Skua
9. Atom
10. No Need To Cry
11. Open The Door
12. We Close Our Eyes

Editorial Reviews

British Sea Power return with their third and finest full-length. Here they reintegrate the rock with a slew of blistering guitars and unpredictable studio noisemaking worthy of their visceral live performances. Witness fist-pumpers like "No Lucifer" or the Bonzo-styled drumbeat bashed out under a climactic synth-string section on "Waving Flags." Better yet, "Down on the Ground" and "A Trip Out" both feature guitar riffs worthy of the Judas Priest songbook, before they're enveloped in the vast expanse of their accompanying songs. The sound here is raw and spacious. Guitars remain largely drenched in reverb, and various acoustic instruments grace the arrangements, along with various random noises and happy accidents. On "Canvey Island," vocalist Yan describes the fatal 1953 floods on the Thames estuary from the viewpoint of a football fan decrying the loss of memorabilia rather than lives. On "Atom" he decries the "bright but haunted" modern age through the apt metaphor of the split nucleus: "Oh caveat emptor / Open the atom's core." Brainy explorations like that, along with BSP's notoriously clever sense of humor, make the self-conscious title no surprise, but there's really no better way to describe it. This is what rock music can and should be. --Jason Pace

Product Description

British Sea Power are a four-man indie rock band based in Brighton, England. Their style ranges from the sweeping, often epic, guitar pop sound to the visceral and angular. They have likened their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure and Pixies. They have most often been compared to Joy Division. This is their third album and it features the singles 'Waving Flags' and 'No Lucifer Critics' The band is comprised of: Yan (Scott Wilkinson) - vocals, guitar Noble (Martin Noble) - guitar, Hamilton (Neil Wilkinson) - bass, vocals, guitar , and Wood (Matthew Wood) - drums. Reviews are 'A masterpiece of epic proportions.'-The Word. 'Ambitious, impressive and genuinely moving-chock full of epic music and seductive melodies! '- Q EMM/Rough Trade. 2008.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back on track with their third album February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
After the astounding 2003 debut album "The Decline of British Sea Power", the band somehow lost the pedals on a so-so sophomore 2005 album "Open Season", leaving us to wonder whether the band was a one-album wonder. Now comes finally the third album, and the answer is clear.

"Do You Like Rock Music?" (12 tracks, 55 min.) finds the band in its winning ways again. After a brief intro "All In It", the album crashes in with "Lights Out For Darker Skies", and it's immediately clear that the band has moved on from "Open Season", with a refound focus. The first half of album just flows by, with great tracks like "Waving Flags" and "Down On the Ground", which is for me the best track on the album. The second half of the album is not as strong, hampered by the instrumental "The Great Skua" which really doesn't flow well with the rest of the album. It is in turn followed by "Atom" which goes from slow to super-charged. But the closer "We Close Our Eyes" (a reworked/expanded version of the opener "All In It") is an epic 8+ min. track that quite nicely bookends the album.

In all, this is a very welcome return to form for British Sea Power. I can't wait to see how these songs will resonate in a live setting. BSP will be touring the US in March, and will a little luck I'll be catching them. Finally, if you wonder what radio station would play BSP, look no further than WOXY, the internet-only indie-rock station ("BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll!"), playing the best music in the the country, bar none.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life saver in dull times June 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have a somewhat torn taste in music as I loved the fast pace and distortion of punk in my earlier years and now tend to lean toward more melodic and instrumentally diverse music. I've always had a guilty love for epic build-ups in songs as well. I'd heard a description of BSP's sound while reading a magazine review one day and made note to check them out. When I eventually got around to it, I was instantly rewarded with my favorite album in years. I've listened to their other releases as well and there is no denying they are having visions of grandeur on this one. That may defy the taste of some older fans, but I personally love it. It's the perfect combination of punky distored rock coupled with the emotion and creativity of many revered indie bands. It's smart and fun at the same time. It can go from invoking dark emotion one minute to making you want to hop around and dance another. I hear their lives shows are even more grand if that's possible. Favorite tracks - Lights Out for Darker Skies, Waving Flags, No Lucifer, Down on the Ground, Atom. I guess you can tell I'm a sucker for the faster paced ones but they are all seriously great sans the odd instrumental in the late-middle. Thank you for making this record, BSP!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better with each listen February 12, 2008
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Most music I've picked up has always fallen into one of three categories: 1) instantly gratifying...and perhaps quick to fade as well, 2) instantly repellant...and no amount of re-listening or critical hype could win me over, and 3) slow to reveal its fascinating charms. These days, there seem to be precious few albums in this last category - I'll either like something or not and often my affections are too-easily disposable. Unfortunately, it's this last category that often would provide the greatest contribution to my list of all-time favorite albums. BSP have always been slow to reveal their charms, but their charms are prodigious. Give this and the rest of their catalog a thorough listen...and re-listen. If you like rock music, it will reward greatly.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as Open Season February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
British Sea Power return with a new album that on the face of it appears to be somewhere in the middle ground between their first and second albums. I liked both of them a lot, however, I don't agree with the seeming majority out there about Open Season. I thought Open Season was an astounding, amazing record full of sweeping melodies, interesting arrangments, and well-produced songs. The first album, while still very good, was a bit more on the raw-edge/punky side, which is fine and enjoyable, but the songs were not as grandiose as on Open Season. With the new album, we seem to have a combination of the styles. To me, it sounds like half of Open Season mixed with half of the first album. Some tracks are mellow, well produced, and grand with melody...while others crank up the distortion and go for the gut. Overall, a prety good album, but for me not in league with Open Season and probably not the ultimate classic that folks are describing it as. If you like their first two records, you will like this one too, though. Also, to give you more indication where I am coming from...I gave the latest Editors album (An End Has a Start) 5 stars, whilst giving the latest Interpol (Our Love to Admire) 2 stars...if that gives you any reference point.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously MAGNIFICENT March 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is by far the best BSP album to date. Really though, it just falls in line with the rest of their grand catalog which never plays near mediocrity.
Triumphant, electric, pulsing with gorgeous melodies and vibrant lyrical content. Easily one of the best of 2008. From this writers perspective BSP and ELBOW are at the forefront of Indie music bar none.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ambitious, bombastic whimper February 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Like Secret Machines did a few years ago, there's no denying that British Sea Power is seeking a spotlight upon a big stage before an elephantine audience. They want every nook and cranny of every arena in the world to shake and shiver before their suddenly massive sound. Every aching breath and chiming pulse before the inevitable scraping guitar soar has been scripted like a sales pitch; there may be room for some ad-libbing, but the end result must be the same. Instead of a sale, they want to rock the house, so to speak.

Going gargantuan has both its boons and detriments. I doubt anyone expected the BSP from the early days to ever seek out back-and-forth sing-alongs and towering choruses bathed in the glaring white light of a thousand lamps casting the entire band in silhouette. But now that they've rolled the dice in that direction, time will only tell what becomes of them. Some groups were made for big venues, generally because their performance and identity were, well, big. But after a frazzled and anarchic post-punk squealer and an intimate indie pop croon record, was arena rock really the appropriate next move?

For that answer, I look to the results. Just because BSP opens up their collective arms towards the rafters doesn't mean that the masses will stream along under the twelve-foot hang of the colossal platform on which they want to perform. They certainly know how to ascend/sweep (almost any track can prove that), but what's required to get teenage dolls and mulleted mutants to obsess with the thirty-buck T-shirt and two gallon beer at every retired hockey colloseum from Spokane to Orlando is the perfect hook.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars british sea power
if you don't know british sea power, then you don't know jack! if you know them and don't like them, then you don't know s***!
Published 2 months ago by david vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
I fear that what I must say about this album will sound hyperbolic, maybe nostalgic or plain mad. Do You Like Rock Music? Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Charles Comer
5.0 out of 5 stars All Good
This product was exactly as advertised. i recommend wholly. A++++. It is all good for me. (more words to appease, though nothing more to say).
Published on April 22, 2011 by j a buckenmyer
3.0 out of 5 stars My Review as on punknews....
Often, I think as a reader that it is important for you to know the reviewer's history listening to the band that they are writing about. Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by Nick S
5.0 out of 5 stars Brits Get Bold
British Sea Power is big, bold and dramatic and puts on a terrific stage show full of passion and conviction. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Luann Yetter
5.0 out of 5 stars British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music? 9/10
The glory days of England's naval superiority have long since passed, the epic colonial tradition lionized in films such as Master and Commander and demonized in The Pirates of the... Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Rudolph Klapper
5.0 out of 5 stars A great skua
Yes, I'm a fan of BSP, and it would be difficult to try and convince someone that I didn't want to praise their newest album simply out of loyalty. Read more
Published on June 23, 2008 by A. Pattermann
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring.
This album is disappointing. It is certainly not the album to own if you must own one British Sea Power album. Read more
Published on May 14, 2008 by deepcloud
5.0 out of 5 stars BSP rocks
At first I didnt like this one that much, because there was a slight shift from earlier recordings. However if they made the same album over and over again it would be extreemly... Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by Louis Vigo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
With the release of their third full-length album, Brighton's most eccentric indie band pushes their potential to the limits giving a truly stunning performance. Read more
Published on March 27, 2008 by Tatyanna
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