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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 (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B001UDPBXW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Man Of Aran
2. The South Sound
3. Come Wander With Me
4. Tiger King
5. The Currach
6. Boy Vertiginous
7. Spearing The Sunfish
8. Conneely Of The West
9. The North Sound
10. Woman Of Aran
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Disc: 2
1. DVD

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BBC Review

Having grazed mainstream success with the Mercury nominated, top ten album Do You Like Rock Music?, many might expect British Sea Power to capitalise with another record of rousing indie anthems. But those who have followed their awkward, obstinate career closely won't be shocked by their decision to follow it with an almost entirely instrumental new soundtrack to a 1934 cult quasi-documentary about Irish fishermen. More surprising is how beautifully it works.

The CD of Man Of Aran comes bundled with the reissued DVD documentary of the same name, and it's true that some of this music only works fully when coupled with that film's gloomily melodramatic black and white images of fishermen battling the storm-battered seas off the Isles Of Aran. But much of it is so brooding, mysterious and evocative that it stands perfectly well alone, a testament to the band's musical imagination and assurance.

The songs vary between dreamy, near-acoustic reveries and dramatic electronic epics, reflecting a film that drifts between stagey visions of a lost way of life and rawer scenes of unforgiving, awesome nature. Of the briefer songs, Man of Aran somehow combines stillness and grandeur, a piano endlessly looping while synths rumble like whales in the depths. Of the epics, the Neu!-influenced Spearing The Sunfish opens as murmur and echo, until fierce percussion and brutal guitars whip up the tension of a storm gathering, before finally collapsing into the chaos of its arrival.

The songs which work best when divorced from the film are Boy Vertiginous, with its delicately plucked guitars and descending chords, and the graceful, shimmering It Comes Back Again, which has the spooked ecstasy and echoing synths of Primal Scream's Higher Than The Sun. Less effective are Tiger King, which meanders vaguely when not propped up by the film's imagery, and the only vocal song, the cloying, folksy duet Come Wander With Me.

In a world where most indie shufflers are so desperate to cling to success that they would never risk surprising their audience, British Sea Power are to be cherished for their originality and daring. The strange and beautiful Man Of Aran demonstrates why. --Jaime Gill

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James (UK) on 16 April 2013
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Having watched Penny Wollcock's documentary film "From the Sea to the Land Beyond" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/From-Sea-Land-Beyond-DVD/dp/B009XD7M10/) and been totally in awe of it as a piece of visal work, I had to find out more about the music she chose to accompany this un-narrated "portrait of Britain's coastline", as it felt it fitted the images on-screen perfectly. I was pleased to find that this was "Man of Aran", by "British Sea Power" and available as an mp3 download here on Amazon.

As a set of background instrumentals this album is a great piece of work, and very enjoyable to listen to. The music rises and falls, weaving themes, tones, and instruments into an almost continuous dream-like experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. P. Farmer on 29 Jan. 2010
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I bought this CD as part of a catch up of BSP albums, whilst I think the CD itself doesn't stand out as one of their greatest, when combined with the absolutely stunning Robert J Flaherty film of the Aran Isles from 1934 the two come alive. I live for the sea and watching the daily struggle of the characters and the hardships they endure and still keep on smiling is amazing. Set to BSP's soundtrack, the awesome seas and stunning beauty of the Aran Isles makes you want to be there to experience the hardship and danger for yourself. 'The Great Skua' makes me want to set out to sea every time I hear it. Such an inspiration, thank you BSP, this should be compulsory viewing for all schoolkids.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. AJ Harrison on 14 July 2009
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Wondrous, magical and breathtaking, these are the only words that can describe this brilliant combination of music and film. British Sea Power have really cemented themselves as most unique and brilliant band of their generation in my eyes with this 'Man Of Aran' LP. The film itself nearly brought a tear to my eye with the breathtaking shots of rugged islands, beaches and island inhabitants living their simple yet hard lives. This must have been some feat to be shot in 1934 and is amazing to say the least. The music goes from beautiful melodies to post punk rock and always fits perfectly with the film. The scene where the islanders are killing the Basking Shark with Joy Division type rock was strange put perfectly put together. I can compliment this enough it is a truly wondrous achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By seamie on 2 July 2012
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I received the version of this album which includes the DVD as a present as i am a fan of Robert O'Flaherty maker of "the man of aran". I thought it very brave of the group to take this venture which is really well acheived. The music subtely accompanies this beautiful documentary and races up beautifully capturing the vigor and roar of the Atlantic in this beautiful part of the world.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Clarke on 18 May 2009
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The CD & DVD (included) are perfect companions for one another.
Both the film and soundtrack convey an awesome sense of power and fluidity, that is moving, and occasionally breathtaking.
A must for BSP fans and film buffs.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 20 July 2009
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In 1934, an intrepid gent cast off from the isle of Aran in a squalling storm, back towards the mainland with tens of hours of heavy-reel footage under his arm. The sea mist hampered his journey, but did not compromise the contents of his film. Stumbling across the echoing harbour, Robert Flaherty aimed his vessel ashore before beginning his slow descent back to civilisation. There, he would arrange an atmospheric score to soundtrack his bleak, documentary-style film, before such a thing existed in the annals of time.

75 years later, in a surprising, but not shocking move, the entirely bucolic and aptly named British Sea Power would release a re-envisaged score to that windswept reel. Whilst some distance from 2008's indie-rock stomper, Do You Like Rock Music?, BSPs fascination with all things anti-pop continues. To be fit for purpose, it is out with flag-waving, alt-chart acclaim and in with post-rock meditation and classical strings and horns. Their Man Of Aran is almost completely instrumental so as not to intrude too greatly on Flaherty's work, the only vocal coming on a frosty cover of Jeff Alexander's 1964 track `Come Wander With Me'.

Valid comparison comes in genre stalwarts Sigur Rós. The gentle lapping of strings and the sparse build to crescendo of `The South Sound' are Agaetis Byrjun without the shoe-gazing and incomprehensible vocal drone. Elsewhere, the swelling and ponderous menace of `Tiger King' brings Godspeed! You Black Emperor to mind.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 11 Jun. 2011
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BSP are one of those diverse bands that become difficult to pigeon hole, and it is better if you don't. Just take each album in isolation and it is like they reinvent themselves at each attempt.
My previous encounters were the popular "Do You Like Rock Music?" and "The Decline of British Sea Power", two very different albums.
I was intrigued by "Man of Aran" as I vaguely remember seeing the original film many moons ago; what BSP have done is produce a remarkable soundtrack/concept album around the film and with the accompanying DVD a visual interpretation of the original film.
I was absolutely blown away by this and although the whole project works best with the DVD there is still much to be gained from spending time just listening to the soundtrack.
Believe me though, once you witness the atmospheric DVD you really won't forget it.
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