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Album Review

Zeus, a 43-minute EP, finds the always distant yet surprisingly affecting British Sea Power expanding on the lush vistas of 2008’s Do You like Rock Music? The title track, a typically meandering and energetic seven-minute epic that manages to work English celebrity chef Rick Stein and ex-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev into its first 50 seconds, offers a glimpse into what direction BSP’s next project might head. The simple answer would be true north, as that’s the cardinal point that the Cumbria, England-based outfit has had dialed in since its 2003 debut, but there’s a ray of sunlight peeking through the clouds, casting an alien warmth over the icy plateaus and abandoned whaling stations below. Zeus' two strongest tracks, the aforementioned title cut and the gorgeous midtempo “Cleaning Out the Rooms," may feel vintage, but it’s the sloppy lo-fi punk rock joy of “Can We Do It?” and the Gary Glitter-backbeat/ridiculous vocoder assault that is “kW-h” that provide the collection's most surprising revelation: that British Sea Power have a sense of humor.

Customer Reviews

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Okay i'm just going to say that I simply got this album cause it was either this one or the new one from Clinic. You must know that I love Clinic and have never heard of BSP. But there name caught my attention and started looking at there other works and reviews. So after everything I read I decided why not? And wow I love this album...i can't compare it any if there works cause I haven't heard them or own them but I have started to anyways. Anyways personally I dig the music and well thats all that matters right?

Favorite tracks: Zeus, Bear,Can we do it?, kw-h (this track is a little out there but listen to it a couple of times and you'll like it). Trust me.

Mast on the horizon

This is my 2nd favorite British Sea Power album. The song Bear and Cleaning out the Rooms are worth buying alone.

zeus british sea power ep

hey, where is cut # 8--retreat--which shows up on aol music?
I played it, but can't find it.


Formed: 2000 in Natland, Cumbria, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A sextet from Natland, Cumbria, England, British Sea Power are a rather conceptual indie band -- compared more than once to Joy Division and the Cure -- whose music incorporates elements of art rock and post-rock experimentalism. The group was formed in 2000 by brothers Yan Scott Wilkinson (vocals and guitar) and Neil Hamilton Wilkinson (vocals, guitar, and bass), who teamed up with a longtime friend, drummer Matthew Wood. When Yan enrolled at the University of Reading, he met like-minded musician...
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