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Valhalla Dancehall

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Valhalla Dancehall is the band's fourth album proper, following the Mercury-nominated Do You Like Rock Music? in 2008 and the Man Of Aran soundtrack in 2009. With its title, Valhalla Dancehall invokes a wild-eyed internationalism, alluding to both the Norse mythos and Jamaican discos to the Viking heaven and Caribbean goodtimes. BSP are maybe unlikely to be taking up residence in downtown Kingston, but the album title and the music it comes with are antidotes to limited horizons and parochial mindsets.

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"jaw-slackeningly great" --Rolling Stone
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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • ASIN: B004A1NMSW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What is it about some albums that you like them but never quite grow to love them? British Sea Power's Mercury nominated "Do you like rock music" (2008) is clearly massively regarded by Amazon reviewers and with tracks like "Waving flags" its hard not to be impressed by the epic grandeur of it all. Yet as an album it has been a relative stranger to the turntable in this dez rez over the past two years. As such approaching "Valhalla Dancehall" the new album by the impressive Brighton indie rock band generated mixed feelings, not least with what is pretty rotten artwork adorning the cover. After listening to the album on repeat some of these doubts are still there, although this is an album which will undoubtedly grow with repeated listens and it has those sure tell tale signs that suggest it could be a real "stayer".

Certainly "Valhalla Dancehall" is a nice blend of anthems which deserve a rather large stadium to be fully appreciated combined with pop songs like "Georgie Ray" which owe some debt to David Bowie and actually nod a wink to Coldplay. It all starts splendidly with the huge rocker "Whose in control" which deserves a massive sprawling crowd in a gigantic summer festival to chant along to its infectious chorus, huge riffs and overpowering guitar work. It will literally knock the plastic pineapple off the top of the television and bring crashing down the ducks off the wall; it deserves to be a huge hit and will grow to be loved by discerning rock fans. Another song falling into this category is the brilliant pop orientated "Observe the skies" which will click the "repeat" button in your brain and have you singing it on loop within your head.
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5th album since 2003 from U.K. band. This is grand, soaring, smooth-but-explosive big-chord,
epic guitar rock with a compelling "raise-your-lighters" emotional appeal. There's a soft, stirring
British melodic structure here that builds with a slow-burning intrepid intensity & anthemic rhythmic
beauty. Shades of Boxer Rebellion, Airborne Toxic Event, Big Country, Pulp, The Domino State.
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This is definitely the best record they've done since "The Decline of...". While the two records between this are fine, just fine, on Valhalla Dancehall they manage to do everything they're good at over the course of a well paced, thoughtfully arranged record and more. The first record has some songs that just straight-up rage, and so does this one. I felt the production on the last two records (Open Season and Do You Like Rock Music?) dulled the excitement of the music by shaving off the rough bits. While this is definitely no Pussy Galore record, it manages to retain the thrill of the moment without sacrificing anything. A wonderful treat from a wonderful band.
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Possibly the greatest rock band around today. To listen to this on vinyl is an absolute pleasure.
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