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The Decline of British Sea Power by British Sea Power

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Reviewed on 1st July 2003.


The Decline of British Sea Power

By British Sea Power

After leaving a trail of leaves and twigs across venue stages everywhere British Sea Power release their first full length offering on Rough Trade building on the success of several well received EP/singles. The influences on The Decline of British Sea Power divide up the tracks into neat piles and as if bobbing on a musical ocean we barrel roll between The Pixies, Bowie, The Super Furry Animals and Echo and the Bunnymen.

After the Joey Santiago style killing riffs of "Apologies To Insect Life" and "Favours in the Beetroot Fields" a brief a hiatus into forgettable album track territory is soon washed away and the master plan for naval domination is revealed. For it is on tracks such as "Fear of Drowning", "Carrion" and "A Wooden Horse" that BSP truly move into neck hair tingling territory. Even to a stalwart of the anti-long-song party such as myself the 13 mins 58 secs of "Lately" seems barely enough to appreciate the beautiful waves of guitar on offer.

Neatly packaged in its cardboard sleeve replicating a naval manual this is in danger of being one of the best kept secrets of this years music releases... don't let it be!



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