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The Decline Of British Sea Power

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B000095SLL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,488 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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'The Decline of British Sea Power' is the long awaited debut album (after 3 precursory singles on Rough Trade) for one of the most innovative, visionary bands of our time. Pigeonholers may be quick to note the passing resemblance to the more adrenalized elements of late 70's/early 80's new wave, from Joy Division to Magazine but there's also a sublime undercurrent of romantic nostalgia for wind-up wirelesses & discontinued bombers here too. Includes the previous singles 'Remember Me' & 'The Lonely' plus forthcoming singles 'Carrion' & 'Fear of Drowning'. 11 tracks packaged in digipak format. Rough Trade. 2003.

Even from the title, The Decline of British Sea Power, it is apparent that the band ooze a quintessentially British style. With an indie swagger echoing the simmering frustration of Joy Division, the gloomy melodies of the Psychedelic Furs and the enchanting irony of the Smiths, British Sea Power have a distinctly retrospective feel. Despite having one foot firmly entrenched in the sonic mire of the 1980s, the Brighton-based quartet are also astute observers of contemporary absurdities. Mixing war imagery with the mundane, The Decline of British Sea Power is a strikingly urgent artful album that pieces together life's contradictions with a seductive feisty charm. With the likes of the operatic "Men Together Today" and bass-driven furious assault of "Apologies to Insect Life" coming back to back it's immediately apparent that this trenchant debut album is worthy of the hype generated by their string of acclaimed preceding singles. Previous A-sides "Remember Me" and "Fear of Drowning" are both in attendance, having been completely rerecorded, while "The Lonely" is doubtless one of the most delightful moments in recent angular guitar-pop history. Having taken their time to launch this album, British Sea Power have refined the beguiling mix of wry wit, brooding melodies and rousing angst-fuelled sonic attacks to perfection and can look forward to a long voyage ahead. --Christopher Barrett

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