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Album Review

British Sea Power's 2003 debut album was a fascinating post-punk-inspired set that sparked artful originality and thought-provoking emotion. Their follow-up, Open Season, does the same but it's much more of a streamlined affair. Open Season is virtually a 45-minute waltz of lilting string arrangements and dreamy vocals while acoustic and electric guitars chase the album's quiet golden tones. A theme of the great outdoors makes it a relaxed occasion from start to finish; the 11 songs featured aren't a schoolbook interpretation on life's hardships as much as they are a reflection on the confusion (and love) of nature. Frontman Yan and his brother Hamilton remain charming eccentrics, but this time they're poetic with their stoic, overcast outlook on modern life. The question Yan seems to ask throughout Open Season is whether or not life is really crap. Commencing with the copper-toned "It Ended on an Oily Stage," Yan softly croons, "We found God in a parking lot." He ponders whether the experience was actually real, and if it has ever happened to anyone. "How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?," an emotional seesaw of crunchy guitars and sheeting percussion, is oddly comfortable with the album's continuous mental inquisitions. The bird echoes of "Please Stand Up" match the ice-capped perils of "Oh Larsen B," maintaining the album's rich affections. Some might think that the five Cumbrian intellectuals have made their shining pop moment with this record despite British Sea Power making it quite obvious on The Decline of... that they're anything but a pop band. British Sea Power's smart approach on Open Season showcases a band in progress. This album feels alive and breathes honesty. Such an impression once again makes way for British Sea Power to stand apart from their counterparts (Doves, Coldplay, South).

Customer Reviews

Second Album Is Just As Good As First!!!

What a great band. They made a perfect debut album and now here they are with their second album. This album is just as good as their debut and obtains the same '80s Bowie-like drive that the debut had as well. The songs are slightly more toned down on this album I think. You won't find anything like "Carrion" or "Fear Of Drowning" on this album but all these songs are unique in their own way and very interesting. I would reccomend this album to all BSP fans and to anyone interested in sampling the band's music. I would download "It Ended On an Oily Stage," "How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?" and "Oh Larson B." 5 out of 5. Overall a very good album. - Coz.

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Biography

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...
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