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Do You Like Rock Music?

British Sea Power

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Album Review

On 2005's Open Season, British Sea Power traded in some of the chilly post-rock angst that fueled their 2003 debut with a more streamlined, radio-ready approach that left some listeners yearning for the lo-fi majesty of songs like "Carrion" and "Fear of Drowning." Those tunes were still there, but they demanded repeated spins before revealing their fruits, a tactic that the stoic Cumbria, England, quartet employs again — but with far more breathtaking results — on its third full-length, Do You Like Rock Music? Tapping the collective talents of three producers — Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), Graham Sutton (Jarvis Cocker), and Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You Black Emperor!) — in numerous locations (Canada, Cornwall, and the Czech Republic, respectively), DYLRM should be a mess, but the band has crafted a wintry, nuanced, and bold collection of epic songs that integrate the sweeping theatricality of Arcade Fire-era indie rock without all of the insularity. This is music made for people, not a person. The sound effects, choral vocals, strings, and feedback that populate DYLRM feel organic and necessary rather than just pasted in for drama's sake. There has always been a sort of rough-hewn sepia-tone unity to BSP songs, and that odd, inclusive wartime fervor permeates each track, from the rousing immigration anthem "Waving Flags" to the rallying, Blur-inspired "No Lucifer" to the sister tracks "All in It" and "Close Our Eyes" that serve as the record's bookends. Even the more meandering pieces like "Atom" and the instrumental "Great Skua" feel like steampunk soundtracks for polar exploration, a notion that looks weird in print but makes a whole lot of sense through a pair of headphones, a set of vintage basement speakers, or the inside of a freighter as it disappears into the bowels of the Arctic Ocean.

Customer Reviews

Do You Like Rock Music? I sure do, and so will you!

I had never heard of British Sea Power until about a month ago when someone had the track "No Lucifer" on their playlist. I immediately checked out this album and it was love at first listen. Gritty yet melodic, Do You Like Rock Music? is an emotional journey from beginning to end. Inspired by the modern rock sound of the 90's with a pinch of the 80's pop sound stirred in, this album grabs you, pulls you close and doesn't let go. If you are looking for a great album that could cure your desire for some nice indie rock, then check this album out. I am sure you won't be disappointed.

Rewarding listening.

Although I wasn't wowed by this when it came out (quite unlike my reaction to the 1st album), my iTunes recently jumped to it from something completely unrelated (skipping "All In It") and, while listening, I thought "This sounds familiar.... Is it Radiohead?" No, British Sea Power! I've listened four more times since, and it gains in power with each listening.

BSP are the best!

Man, I wish they toured around LA.

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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