There's something really special going on here. In any generation of guitar bands you get the one or two who are just a bit, you know, different - during the punk years there was Wire, a couple of years later came Joy Division, and then there were the postcard bands, and later the Pixies, and so on. In retrospect we can see they were good, and we still listen to them; but because they end up being so influential it is hard to recall exactly how extraordinary they were at the time. British Sea Power are extraordinary. They are doing something quite beyond what other guitar groups are doing in England at the moment. Call it art school punk if you like, call it pretentious (which it often is), but looking back at the litany of band names in the paragraph above they are all groups that British Sea Power remind me of. But there is more to them than that. They bring a lyrical power and elegance that recalls Bowie, combined with a wall of noise that breaks down into shimmering melodies and energetic rhythms. See them live if you can; buy this CD because you must. You'll still be listening to it in twenty years time.