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Open Season

British Sea Power Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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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 (1 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0007ULKG6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. The Land Beyond
11. True Adventures

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Brighton's British Sea Power are a band that perhaps shouldn't exist in the 21st Century, but a listen to their fine second album Open Season ought to be enough to convince you that it's a good thing they do. BSP are antiquated in sound as in style – although their music doesn't quite hail back quite as far as those WWI-style military jackets might suggest, stabilizing round about the mid-'80s in empathy with post-punk-touchstones Echo and the Bunnymen and the Teardrop Explodes. It's a keen sense of the theatrical and the absurd, however, that ensures tracks like "It Ended On An Oily Stage" and "To Get To Sleep" are anything but museum pieces: frontman Yan – BSP don't do surnames – overcomes his slightly limited range by investing every utterance with Box Of Delights wonder, imploring the listener to "drape yourself in greenery/become part of the scenery" on 'North Hanging Rock'. That's rock'n'roll the British Sea Power way: live fast, die young, leave a good-looking copse --Louis Pattison

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's always nice when a record exceeds your expectations, particularly when you're expecting quite a lot.

'The Decline of British Sea Power' is a great record that rewards the more patient listener, although many find the rawness of some of the tracks at bit hard to take.

'Open Season' dispenses with most of the rough edges, and replaces them with an expansive sound which although perhaps less challenging, is at times bold and upfront, and at others beautiful and reflective (the cello on 'The Land Beyond' being one of many highpoints). Stomping pop tunes and brooding epics a speciality.

An apparent obsession with UK wildlife and World War II may not invite mainstream attention, and even the most attentive listener won't have a clue what they're on about most of the time, but in truth this is a great rock/pop album that offers something with that bit more magic than your usual Zutons/Arctic Monkeys/Futureheads etc etc plodders.

My favourite album of 2005 by some distance
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars regions of mind 24 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album from Brighton's - and Britain's - most distinctive and exciting band. It is a less abrasive and more upbeat album than 'The Decline of BSP', more 'radio friendly' you could say.
Single 'It Ended on an Oily Stage' is a prime example of this, a great pop song frayed at the edges. [The fade-out reminds me slightly of Wilco's 'A Ghost is Born', a reference point perhaps]
But otherwise most key BSP motifs remain. Their pastoral fixation [The song 'Oh Larsen B', a standout track, is an ode to an Antarctic ice shelf!], angular guitar from Noble, Yan's breathless vocals.
Bassist Hamilton also has his share of lead vocals, most memorably on the closing, seven and a half minute, 'True Adventures'. Opening with peals of thunder and a general cacophony that recalls Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the track then morphs into a quite exquisite ballad - epic, widescreen rock at its finest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BSP do epic and beautiful. 22 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
This second album from British Sea Power is very different from both the other albums in its scope and sound. It still has the strange lyrical themes as found in 'Oh Larsen B' and 'North Hanging Rock' which are a favourite ice shelf and being part of nature respectivley. But there is none of the visceral and angular guitars which were found on the debut and certainley none of the anthems found on the third album. The only moment that it does would be on 'How Will I Ever Find My Way Home' with the brilliant Sonic Youth esque guitars. This is a much more understated album and its fantastic for doing that. It has a much more melodic and accesible feel to it, however this does not detract from the quality of the album. A brilliant follow up to the debut and really enjoyable because of the contrast.

Top 5 Tracks - 'It Ended On An Oily Stage', 'How Will I Ever Find My Way Home', 'North Hanging Rock', 'Oh Larsen B' and 'True Adventures'.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power to the British 17 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the BSP's second album, following on from The Decline of BSP. All in all, this sequel is blander than their classic debut. The tone is generally sweeter than the first and the songs seem to blur...
That's until you really get under its skin. When you do, you'll discover every song's a carefully composed gem and they flow from one another with such sublime excellence that is seems like a steady stream of musical harmonies. The album is perfectly balanced to be up-lifting and soothing, but powerful and evocative at the same time. The songwriting's as good as their previous outing but a lack of ambition musically could have killed off this band. However, BSP somehow manage to make it work for them.
This album lacks songs with the same gusto as the incredible Remember Me, with the possible exception of Please Stand Up, a song that oozes glorious pop bliss. Other stand-outs include How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?, a song that unleashes the otherwise sub-dued guitars to good effect. Also, Tracks 7 and 8 are as catchy as hell, and the Land Beyond has Radio-Friendly written all over it. True Adventures is a fine sequel to their epic Lately and North Hanging Rock blooms and blossoms over time, but I can guarentee your personal faves will differ as all of the songs are worthy of mention.
Overall, it lacks the Oomph factor of The Decline of... and offers less stand-out beauties and Apologies to Insect Life is an unfortunate casualty as BSP attempt to broaden and mature to compose a masterpiece. Not a revolution, just a carefully-plotted evolution of a great band
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Feb 2014
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This is probably my favourite BSP album. I can listen to this several times in a go. I live in a small seaside town, and loved all the sound effects of herring gulls in some of the songs.

Everything from the Polar Bear illustration on the cover, to the last song (True Adventures is a particular favourite teach of mine) pleased me immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Season 1 Nov 2013
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I thought the album was just stunning right the way through . It left you coming back for more every time that you played it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Power. 13 Sep 2013
By amelia
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought after seeing the wonderful documentary 'Storyville' where some of the soundtrack is taken from this CD. I absolutley adore the CD, the tracks 'The Land beyond' and 'True Adventures' are particular favourites, I dont know how to compare with other music, I am a 'bit of an oldie'-I'm in my mid 60s, so I shall use words such as melodic, beautiful, delicious, sensitive, some tracks have me dancing away and singing (poor family) some tracks are so very lovely they make me stop and stay still, they even have made me shed a very slient tear, lovely things make me do this.....
Buy this and you will see what I mean.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit disappointing
Nothing really wrong with this but what I really wanted was the soundtrack to the film/tv programme From the Sea to the Land Beyond but this seems to only be available as a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Muskrat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I first discovered 'British Sea Power, after purchasing 'From the sea to the land beyond' so bought this album to check them out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. D. Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars As A Whole Perhaps Not BSP At Their Best But When Its Good It's Very...
One of the most interesting alternative bands around. I say alternative because they are still something of a cult here rather than a household name but even though that following... Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by Sammac
5.0 out of 5 stars The One That Wasn't 'The Decline Of...'
I have to admit I was a little disappointed with Open Season when it first came out. The Decline Of British Sea Power had an immediacy and edge that Open Season appeared to lack... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Sean Gibbins
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad but not Good Either
British Sea Power's 2003 debut album, The Decline Of British Sea Power was a noisy, angry, full-frontal body slam of a record. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2010 by P. Frizelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A band for all seasons
With their wildly imaginative songs about God, longshore drift and Polar explorers, British Sea Power are the anti-Embrace and for that we should, well, embrace them. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2007 by Kevin Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars no edge
I've listened to this quite a few times now and whilst its growing on me I still don't think this is any great shakes - definitely not life-changing music. Read more
Published on 16 July 2006 by Mike J. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinking the opposition!
If you have ever read any of my other reviews, there is a constant theme throughout, my desperation at and continuing exasperation at the muck and mire of British Indie Dross,... Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2006 by Robert Stephenson
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