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Machineries of Joy [Import]

British Sea Power Audio CD
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British Sea Power is a six-piece band currently based in South East England and on the Isle Of Skye in Scotland.

BSP have been acknowledged by the great institutions: David Bowie, the National Maritime Museum, Jarvis Cocker and the British Horseracing Authority. They are a band that plays forests and giant rock halls as specially requested guests of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes and ... Read more in Amazon's British Sea Power Store

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  • Audio CD (23 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: High Note Records
  • ASIN: B00BYWW7NG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 577,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joy Indeed ! 1 April 2013
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
It's just over two years since BSP's last album hit the airwaves.
'Valhalla Dancehall' (Jan 2011) was a very strong collection and
'Machineries Of Joy' continues to find this splendid Brighton-based
ensemble in fine fettle and firing on all six cylinders. There is real passion
and energy in this material and these ten new numbers jump out of the
speakers into the room with a remarkable sense of spontaneity and power.

There are moments in the project where I found myself thinking about
XTC, especially their early eighties albums 'Black Sea' (1980) and
the double disc set 'English Settlement' (1982). There was something
quintessentially "English" in their style which BSP continue to tap
into; it's a music whose roots are about as far away from The Blues
and R&B as it is possible to get. There's a kind of strange prog-punk
sensibility about their inventions which I find totally enthralling.

It's very hard to pick out the winners. There's not a weak song in sight.
Force my hand however and I'll point you towards 'Loving Animals' which
struts and snarls about irresistibly on the back of a teriffic lumbering
riff and some really tasty quasi-psychedlic vocal harmonies; 'What You
Need The Most', an evocative melody threading its way through a nicely
conceived 6/8 time arrangement full of pathos and a sense of dark romance;
'Spring Has Sprung', a truly uplifting anthem if ever there was one and
'Radio Goddard' whose quirky almost-Mariachi brass punctuates one of the
finest compositions it has been my good fortune to have heard this year.

A terrific show gentlemen. Your best work so-far methinks. A joy indeed!

Highly Recommended.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relatively Modest, By BSP Standards 8 April 2013
By Keith M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to say that this latest album release by Kendal's finest, British Sea Power, is, for me, something of a disappointment. I say this, of course, in the context of what is probably my favourite (certainly British) band of the last 10 years, producers of two of the greatest albums of this (or indeed any) era, in The Decline Of British Sea Power and Do You Like Rock Music? That is not to say that Machineries Of Joy is a poor album - far from it, at its best it would still leave the vast majority of currently produced music in its wake. But, for me at least, there is little here to match the band at its absolute finest, on songs such as Carrion, The Great Skua, Oh Larsen B, Lights Out For Darker Skies, We Are Sound, Bear, Remember Me, Atom, Zeus, Fear Of Drowning (the list, as you can see, is pretty much endless). I also appreciate that the songs included here are (essentially) revamped versions of the 33 songs included on the recent monthly Krankenhaus EPs, and I guess it was inevitable that some personal favourites would be omitted (Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, Lullaby For What You Are, Facts Not Right and Wishful Thinking to name but four).

Having said all of this, the album gets off to a great start with the title song, whose dreamy instrumental opening gives way after a minute or so to a typical wondrously obscure set of Yan lyrics, kicking off with, 'With primitive ablutions, like a hobbyist of deranged proportion....', before embarking on one of the man's trademark sublime melodies.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 1 April 2013
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
On the whole I like this album but there are a couple of low points for me which prevent me awarding a full 5 stars. Others may disagree with me but I find the album sags a bit in the middle, Loving Animals and Monsters of Sunderland seem a bit too arch for their own good and come as a bit of a disappointment after the storming opening tracks. Things get back on track towards the end, the breathy and insistent Radio Goddard and A Light Above Descending leading into the subtly magnificent When a warm Wind blows through the Grass. For those new to the band my parallels would be a hint of Echo and the Bunnymen, a soupcon of Suede and a tad of Flaming Lips - sort of. To be honest this album really defies categorisation but is well worth a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joy 5 July 2013
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Excellent - an acquired taste perhaps but possibly their most accessible cd yet - the wonderful title track sets the mood nicely as they veer between complete screamo rock outs like K-Hole to the more reflective. And its got a polar bear on the sleeve - whats not to like ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2013 release is the sixth from British indie rock group British Sea Power. Having heard a few bits and pieces from it on Radio 6 prior to release, we were aquiver to obtain this as soon as it came out. It follows in the footsteps of their previous great albums, though not quite scaling the heights of the impressive ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’.

It’s a superbly produced slice of British Rock, with a distinctively British flavour. It’s mean, moody, abstract, pacey and punchy. All at the same time. There are influences of Clash, Sex Pistols, Specials, U2 that come to my ears, along with a big slice of something unique, that comes together to make a sound all of their own. A great album, I look forward to number 7!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My son loves it
thank you for such a quick delivery.Brought this for my son for Christmas he loves it. more his taste than mine.
Published 4 months ago by Carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Got every BSP album and this is up there with them all, some top tunes on here, would like to see them perform some of this live...
Published 12 months ago by Dan.A
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning BSP album
A real grower. As a BSP fan I know that each track will take a few listens to adjust to and this album grew on me after a couple of weeks. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Abrook
2.0 out of 5 stars Seems lazy to me
Little of quality -- seems to me this band has just knocked out the album before they are ready with better material.
Published 13 months ago by Peter Jepson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best
As always there is some really good stuff on a BSP album. For me the standouts are the opening title track, monsters of Sunderland and when a warm wind blows through the grass. Read more
Published 13 months ago by martin j bibby
5.0 out of 5 stars madcap mentalists
another stonking album from one of the best live/album groups around today,long may there eccentricities continue and thrive.just buy and enjoy
Published 14 months ago by crapnurse
5.0 out of 5 stars machineries of joy by BSP.
British Sea Power back to their very best. If you liked British Sea Power in the past or new to this band then this is album to rekindle your heart or to start liking this unique... Read more
Published 14 months ago by glenboy
3.0 out of 5 stars not their best
As others have said, not the best BSP album.In fact to be honest I'm struggling to like most of it.It may grow on me but my initial listen to it left me feeling abit flat. Read more
Published 14 months ago by wholeworldwindow
4.0 out of 5 stars Always a great band
Never really made a wrong move in my eyes, and this carries on their recorded legacy.
Always get their music, it is always good.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Back on form!
This doesn't quite live up to the simply superb "Do You Like Rock Music?" (but not much can - from any band, and from any era - and *that's* quite a statement) - but it's... Read more
Published 15 months ago by James A. Needham
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