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British Sea Power
The Decline Of British Sea Power (Rough Trade)

By: Cam Lindsay

They're a bit strange, really. I mean, it's not very often that an indie band would use the old Benedictine Monk trick to open an album, or uses trees and army gear onstage at their shows. Brighton, England's British Sea Power are definitely not normal, and thank God for that. Their debut, The Decline Of British Sea Power, is purely mad rock 'n' roll that falls off the radar, avoiding any real structure. The first two tracks after the brief intro, "Apologies To Insect Life" and "Favours In The Beetroot Fields", are spastic garage tunes that don't fit in with The White Stripes, but more Dick Dale with Black Francis for a singer. Of course, BSP never intend to stick to a formula. "Remember Me" is more like The Auteurs, or maybe even Buzzcocks slowed down a few 100 bpm. "The Lonely", the album's softy, is a beautiful song that wanders aimlessly through soulsearching lyric, while "Carrior" is easily the centerpiece, taking a trip back to when Echo & The Bunnymen were the best band on the planet. In the end, with all of its grace, humor and magic, it becomes apparent that these five eccentrics have just pulled off the best debut album of the year. A
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