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on 14 January 2008
The great British Sea Power are reknown for the spine-tingling power of their live shows - their 3rd album shows their increasing mastery of the studio. Sublime!
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on 16 January 2008
This album ROCKS!!!
A fabulous call to arms for the Brighton ones
The only blight is the unecessary and long regurgiatation of All In It on the last track - Why ? Because they can do that!! It's still destined to be a classic 2008 album and if you have not seen them live - do so!
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on 15 December 2007
Im not sure what pubs the chap who gave this 2 stars frequents, however this is a special album by a special band. recommended to the highest proportions.
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on 25 July 2008
After the travesty of missing out on a Mercury Music Prize nomination for their first album The Decline Of British Sea Power, the band have finally achieved what should have happened 5 years ago with their third album Do You Like Rock Music?

The album itself, whilst perhaps not quite on a par with 'The Decline...' is certainly worthy of the nomination - singles 'Waving Flags' and 'No Lucifer' should have gathered more attention sales-wise than they perhaps did (the former was Zane Lowe's 'hottest record in the world', whilst the latter was restricted to a 1000-only vinyl release), and 'Canvey Island' has been used fairly extensively whenever British Sea Power have had radio/television coverage.

Much has been made of the band's inspiration for their songs, and there is certainly no let-up in the wide ranging inspiration used for DYLRM?. H5N1, immigration, flooding, the apocalypse, Big Daddy (the wrestler) and the band's keen interest in wildlife, in particular birds, are all on display in the 50 minutes of DYLRM? These diverse subjects are handled with a very slight hand, meaning that the songs themselves often come across as cryptic rather than clichéd, and will leave the listener wanting to learn more about the incidents/influences contained within.

The album starts with the thud of bookender 'All In It', a choral blast of an opener that displays that after the relative calm of second album 'Open Season' BSP have turned the amps back up to LOUD. 'Lights Out For Darker Skies', 'No Lucifer' and 'Waving Flags' all continue this - DYLRM really is an album that needs to be played loud to be fully appreciated. After the immediacy and bluster of the opening four tracks comes 'Canvey Island', which breaks the momentum the first four tracks have built up, but it's certainly a grower. After 'Down On The Ground' from the Krankenhaus? EP, and 'A Trip Out', comes possibly the album's highlight 'The Great Skua' - a beautiful and relatively simple instrumental composition that is very effectively arranged - you csn sit back with your Darjeeling and imagine birds sweeping over the cliffs of area Portland. 'Atom', also from the Krankenhaus? EP (and nicking the riff from the Buzzcocks' 'Everybody's Happy Nowadays') roars and sirens into the album's two most sedate tracks 'No Need To Cry' and 'Open The Door' - the latter is touted by some of the fanbase as a third post-Mercury single. Unfortunately 'We Close Our Eyes', partner to the first track, closes the album with a relative whimper.

British Sea Power have forged their own way in the music industry for 7 years now, it's time to welcome them in to your musical perspective. A lot of the rough edges have been sanded and buffed between the first album and this point, and the band pull this off admirably.

It may be pretentious, it may be 'eccentric'. But it's also bloody brilliant, and unique.
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Intelligent literate rock from this Brighton outfit that seems to be sufficiently different from the mainstream to warrant further investigation.

I always measure the success of a true rock album by the feeling I'm left with as the final track comes to en end. A good album will leave you with a feeling that you have heard something worthwhile and want to listen again and that's the case with BSP's most powerful album to date.
Of course there are lows. BSP aren't sufficiently rounded to produce a faultless album. What they do is inherit a middle ground between the best Brit rock bands and the plethora of also rans.

The album opens with a the semi instrumental All In It which sounds like a southern Coral. It gives way to a series of solid rock offerings of which the pick is undoubtedly Waving Flags which I am reliably informed is their hymn of welcome to immigrants. It certainly has an anthemic feel to it and that's one of BSP's great attributes, their ability to fill a room and a song with sound. At times they remind me of that excellent Liverpudlian band Icicle Works and their lead singer Ian McNabb. Canvey Island is an interesting song. Overall this is a nicely rounded album
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on 14 December 2007
FANTASTIC - BSP are still the best band in Britain, when will Britain realise this ?
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on 23 February 2008
Its good to see British Sea Power getting some praise at long last. Sure "The Decline Of.." rightly got great reviews but it was too raw for some, with DYLRM? they have made their sound deeper and more cavernous, while the songs while by no means dumbed down are more accessible to the mainstream but still bear the hallmarks of their quirky debut. Like a previous reviewer said there is no point picking out best songs as your favourite changes daily. A great achievement and surely at last they have the Mercury prize in the bag, they deserve it as BSP are the only UK band to produce 3 high quality albums this decade. Some of us have been sailing with them all the way but we WELCOME IN all newcomers.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2011
Well what can one say about the phenomenon that is British Sea Power? A band that, whilst not totally original in the musical sense (after all, even BSP have their clear influences), have been the outstanding band of the last ten years (since they came into existence in fact). The release of their majestic debut album The Decline of British Sea Power in 2003 was a momentous occasion and blew some of the cobwebs out of the lacklustre tailend of the 'concept' that was Britpop (you were quite right Luke Haines). This is a band that does not play by industry convention.

After (for me) the relative disappointment that was Open Season (It Ended on an Oily Stage and O Larsen B apart) they came roaring back with the masterpiece that is Do You Like Rock Music? (and what a great tongue-in-cheek album name that is - BSP being about as far away from rock music as you can get). This is an album with 11 classic tracks, the only exception being the slightly indulgent We Close Our Eyes album closer. The particular highlights for me are the opening of Lights Out For Darker Skies (one of the greatest 'rock' riffs ever) and the sublime instrumental that is The Great Skua (or perhaps Bonxie as the bird is known). But really, there is no point in analysing individual songs, since the quality is so consistently high, great tunes and soaring melodies abound.

BSP are of course one of the great live bands and one of my major regrets is, having seen them twice on their original(?) tour in 2003 to not have seen them again until October 2011. Suffice to say they were absolutely exceptional - well with four classic albums (and numerous other great songs) to choose from what more did I expect? My only disappointment was 'Where was the bear??'
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on 10 January 2008
Another great album from BSP .I've never understood
why this band are not huge.Hopefully people will now begin to see
what a great band they are.
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on 14 January 2008
Quite how a record with three producers and recorded in three countries manages to be so consistent I have no idea. An astonishing piece of work.
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