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British Sea Power
Open Season
Rough Trade Records

British Sea Power has been unjustly compared to the cathartic Joy Division when, in fact, they bear more resemblance to the wistfulness of The Smiths. Yan's whispering/English accented vocals reminisce back to the Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler, while musically the band is as willing to explore their boundaries as Television ever were. BSP create luxurious tapestries of sound utilizing atmospheric guitars and intense feedback among pounding drums on the majority of the album. 'It Ended On An Oily Stage' and 'How Will I Ever Find My Way Back Home?' are both particularly relentless, but the record slows down to an acoustic crawl on 'North Hanging Rock'. The Brighton band exploits extreme tempo changes and synthetic horns on 'True Adventurous'. Clocking in at just shy of 8 minutes, this is perhaps the most experimental track this group has ever laid down. Produced by Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized/Primal Scream) and mixed by Bill Price (Sex Pistols/Clash), Open Season is a more than worthy successor to The Decline, and proof positive that British Sea Power are going to be around for a long time.

-Tony Engelhart

Track Listing:
1. It Ended On An Oily Stage
2. Be Gone
3. How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
4. Like A Honeycomb
5. Please Stand Up
6. North Hanging Rock
7. To Get To Sleep
8. Victorian Ice
9. Oh Larsen B
10. Land Beyond, The
11. True Adventures

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