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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Platinum CD Shop***
  • ASIN: B004F1Y8JY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
British Sea Power truly came of age with their 2008 release
'Do You Like Rock Music?' (We did and we still do!); 2009
delivered an interesting reflective diversion in the form
of the CD/DVD project 'Man Of Arran'. So very early into the
New Year and they return with a stunning new album which
bursts out of the speakers with the kind of joyous confidence
which deserves to steer them well into the mainstream of the
listening world. 'Valhalla Dancehall' really is made of terrific
stuff! Big emotional music which cannily avoids ever being brash
or pompous despite the often epic proportions of its sonic visions.

There are thirteen tracks in the collection; dense, highly-structured
arrangements which manage to feel fresh and spontaneous without
ever sounding over-worked. On the contrary there is a raw edge just
below the surface of a good number of these compositions which
really does make the hair stand up on the back of our necks!

Just listen to the ravishing guitar interventions at the heart of
the wonderful number 'Georgie Ray' for evidence of how far this
cracking band have come. Stuff to truly stir the mind and spirit!

The quality of musical invention and imagination barely lapses
for a moment. With songs of the calibre of 'Luna', a droll
mid-paced little wonder which brims over with moonlight and
palpable emotion; 'Observe The Skies', a raucous, hard-riding,
fast-driving piece of perfectly conceived uplifting rock; the
spectacularly wide inner-horizons of 'Cleaning Out Rooms' (a
daringly sustained long breath of a song which is so good it
almost hurts!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
What is it about some albums that you like them but never quite grow to love them? British Sea Power's Mercury nominated "Do you like rock music" (2008) is clearly massively regarded by Amazon reviewers and with tracks like "Waving flags" its hard not to be impressed by the epic grandeur of it all. Yet as an album it has been a relative stranger to the turntable in this dez rez over the past two years. As such approaching "Valhalla Dancehall" the new album by the impressive Brighton indie rock band generated mixed feelings, not least with what is pretty poor artwork adorning the cover. After listening to the album on repeat some of these doubts are still there, although this is an album which will undoubtedly grow with repeated listens and it has those sure tell tale signs that suggest it could be a real "stayer".

Certainly "Valhalla Dancehall" is a nice blend of anthems which deserve a rather large stadium to be fully appreciated combined with pop songs like "Georgie Ray" which owe some debt to David Bowie and actually nod a wink to Coldplay. It all starts splendidly with the huge rocker "Whose in control" which deserves a massive sprawling crowd in a gigantic summer festival to chant along to its infectious chorus, huge riffs and overpowering guitar work. It will literally knock the plastic pineapple off the top of the television and bring crashing down the ducks off the wall; it deserves to be a huge hit and will grow to be loved by discerning rock fans. Another song falling into this category is the brilliant pop orientated "Observe the skies" which will click the "repeat" button in your brain and have you singing it on loop within your head.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on 10 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
If I were British Sea Power, I would right now be feeling a little cheesed off with the press.
Not that the reviews have been bad, far from it, but most have said that Valhalla is basically another British Sea Power album with a few tweaks and enhancements.
For me, nothing could be further from the truth.
The band have clearly spent an awful lot of time on this album, and to be frank, although there are moments when it's unmistakeably them, these are in the minority.
Some parts put me in mind of Arcade Fire, others Blur and Kasabian.
Whereas Do You Like Rock Music was a fine album, it didn't excite me, it never drew me in so that I HAD to play it again and again. To be honest, the only way i can put it is that I found it a little two-dimensional.

VD, on the other hand, has so much more depth and variation of sound; the guitar heavy tracks interspersed with more keyboard-centred and bass heavy songs; vocals are much improved, and with more variety of tone.
In short, this is a much more grown-up album whilst still retaining bags of charm and most importantly, FUN !!

I've had a passion for music of many kinds for 40 years now, and for me, this is one of the finest albums I;ve heard in the last 5 years.
Yes, the cover may look a bit chap and nasty; the contents are far from it. Approaching genius. Buy !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By by_tor on 6 Mar. 2011
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Another great album from British Sea Power. Slightly different from previous but not straying too far to alienate long term fans. The opener Who's In Control seems somewhat prescient in view of the various protests both locally (students) and more globally recently. There is the usual mix of more up tempo rocky songs, and more thoughtful soundscape types (mostly from Hamilton). Fans will love it and will gain some new devotees.
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