Wednesday, April 20, 2005

British Sea Power

Just listened to the new British Sea Power album Open Season and must say that I am quite disappointed. While I loved some earlier songs by this band, notably Fear of Drowning and Remember Me, this album just did not measure up, especially the opening song which set the tone for this mediocre effort. While allmusic likes this album quite a bit, I only really liked one song, Victorian Ice, and not much at that...

Interested to hear your thoughts Mike as you were a huge fan of this band.


At 3:55 PM, Blogger mr. m said...

False Alarm; BSP's new outing, Open Season, is a lovely, fully defined, sophmore effort that seems more graceful and commanding with each listen. Though I know what you mean by the fact that it doesn't grab you by the neck as their first one, tunes like "How will I eveer find my way home" & "Oh Larsen B" (homage to a melting ice cap - who else could do that ?) explore new territory while maintaining BSPs eccentric perspective. It's true that mostr of the songs are quieter, but the ones mentioned above still remain intense (maybe more so) while being more focused and less scrappy. I would add that the production is eons better too. And, finally, there is the lovely (ok, maybe Ive used the word too often here...quite telling) ambient lament "like a honeycomb" ... a reflection on Britain's pastoral past and it's concrete present..."and the land's all sectioned a honeycomb". Seems Yan is singing to the land itself.

Go get it...still waiting on the HOL speciall order ...Days Run Away.


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