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British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?

2008-04-30 15:45
Do You Like Rock Music? is one of those albums that pretends that the music industry isn’t an industry and takes liberties that might repulse your average impatient, multi-tasking modern person. It is so ethereal, so dreamy that you may not remember a single song by the time the CD stops spinning. But you will remember how you felt while listening to it, and herein lies your enjoyment (or extreme hatred) of the album.
A quick scan of the lyrics suggests that Do You Like Rock Music? should be redubbed Do You Like Obscure References to Olde Stuff? – it’s about as rock ‘n roll as a set of vintage dentures. Instead of bar fights & backstage humping, BSP weave a compelling thread of gaslights, stuka fighter planes and antique bicycles through their soundscape. Thematically, it’s one of the most out-there, “where did that come from?” albums this reviewer has heard in some time. All in a day’s work for a band that performs live with a giant black bear.

Indie-folk of this kind has been around before: fans of The Arcade Fire will find BSP very hard to resist, and vice versa. But drowsy, timeless rock hypnosis like this is always a special find, and in this case, very worth holding on to.

- Niel Bekker

You are hanging onto a bunch of helium balloons ten thousand feet in the air while being serenaded by a choir of niccotine-addicted angels. Oh, and the year is 1945. Welcome to the sound of British Sea Power (BSP).

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