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DO YOU LIKE ROCK MUSIC? * album of the week *
:: British Sea Power ::
14 January 2008 / Rough Trade / 12 Trk CD
By Manuel Ecostos

British Sea Power have proved that third albums can easily become classics, with their most ambitious and successful project to date, “Do You Like Rock Music?”. Well in this case I do like Rock Music and it’s by no means a chore. There are already a few lazy references floating around in the press, especially in relation to their current, sensational single “Waving Flags”. But, with the album about to be launched in London’s Czech Embassy, let’s not forget that this is a band who brought foliage, owls, scouting and tweed breeches into the world of rock and roll. British Sea Power have always been purveyors of moody yet brightly lit 80’s guitar music (Bunnymen and a bleak version of The Icicle Works anyone ?) and this latest album is chock full of high points. “Lights Out For Darker Skies” helps set the template of swirling guitars and shadowy vocals that embrace a theme of almost operatic pretensions. “Down On The Ground” is an example, amongst many, of hook laden sonic trips with broad guitars, which leads to the rather brilliant inside out guitars of “A Trip Out”. “Atom” is a perfect excuse to get out that big bass drum again as the song thumps its way an almost Buzzcock-ian cascade of fuzzy guitars. Interspersed with echoey snare driven ballads, British Sea Power have created an album that now truly deserve to be a classic – overlooked so far on the trendy ones-to-watch lists, this should (and deserves to) be the monster album of 2008.

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