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.
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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