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British Sea Power: Decline of British Sea [Power Box Edition]

Track List

>Men Together Today
>Apologies to Insect Life
>Favours in the Beetroot Fields
>Something Wicked
>Remember Me
>Fear of Drowning
>Lonely, The
>Wooden Horse, A
>Albert's Eyes
>Moley & Me
>Smallest Church in Sussex, The
>Salty Water
>Strange Communication
>Heavenly Waters
>Lovely Day Tomorrow, A
>Apologies to Insect Life (Russian Rock Demo)
>Scottish Wildlife Experience, The
>No Red Indian
>Good Good Boys
>Carrion (Concert Intro Loop)
>Childhood Memories (Single)
>Remember Me [Gareth Jones Mix] - (remix)
>Carrion [Mads Bjerke Mix] - (remix)
>Lovely Day Tomorrow, A (Will Sergeant)
>Wooden Horse, A (Golden Chariot B-Side)
>Fear of Drowning (Golden Chariot Single)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The (Single)
>Out of My Mind on Dope & Speed
>Lovely Day Tomorrow [Czech EP Alernative], A - (alternate take)
>Fakir (Czech EP)
>Smallest Church in Sussex, The
>Fear of Drowning - (live)
>Scottish Wildlife Experience, The - (live)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The - (live)
>Lately - (live)
>Fear of Drowning - (live)
>Apologies to Insect Life - (live)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The - (live)
>Childhood Memories - (live)
>Favours in the Beetroot Fields - (live)
>Blackout - (live)
>Lovely Day Tomorrow, A - (live)
>Lately - (live)
>Rock in A - (live)
>Apologies to Insect Life - (live)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The - (live)
>Scottish Wildlife Experience, The - (live)
>Rock in A - (live)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The
>Apologies to Insect Life
>Carrion [Chalk Cliff Edit]
>Carrion [Black Down Edit]
>Childhood Memories
>Remember Me
>Good Rocking Tonight
>Noble's Funtime
>We're Not Like This (Monnow Valley)
>Memories of Childhood
>Lonely [Organ Demo], The
>Albert's Eyes
>Heavenly Waters [Vocal Demo]
>Smallest Church in Sussex [Piano], The
>Lovely Day Tomorrow, A
>Something Wicked [Hamilton Vocal]
>Black Ops With Liberace (The Lonely)
>Always the Sea (Monnow Valley)
>Spirit of St. Louis, The
>Theme From Baraka
>Total War by Rock and Roll
>Unused Demo 1
>Unused Demo 9
>Unused Demo 3
>Unused Demo 7

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (10/16/03, p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...[These] five young Bowie boys from Cumbria...specialize in mystical jumbo-size guitar waves..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/26/03, p.95) - "...A pitch-black-perfect channeling of such gloomsters as the Smiths, Joy Division, and the Cure..." - Rating: A

Q (01/01/04, p.75) - Ranked #47 in Q's "The 50 Best Albums of 2003" - "[A] mysterious, mossy debut..."

Magnet (11/03, p.89) - "...It all comes off as effortless and charming....British Sea Power is esoteric, but the band is also brave enough to create myths at a time when everyone else is just borrowing them..."

Mojo (Publisher) (01/01/04, p.58) - Ranked #17 in Mojo's "The Best of 2003" - "Think methodical drums, intense guitar and a young David Byrne on vocals."

Album Notes

British Sea Power: Hamilton (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, bass); Yan (vocals, guitar, piano, organ); Noble (guitar, piano, organ, background vocals); Wood (drums).

Recording information: 2khz; Beethoven Street Studio; Mockingbird Studio.

British Sea Power's 2003 debut, THE DECLINE OF BRITISH SEA POWER, is a hard record to pin down. In that sense, they are England's answer to Yo La Tengo, an indie rock band who can frolic in a sea of Sonic Youth-esque punk fuzz on one track, then create the most flutteringly exquisite (and lyrically acrobatic) pop this side of the Smiths' glory years on the next. On "Apologies to Insect Life," the band gets lost in post-punk reverie, an energy not relinquished on the rockabilly fever of "Favours in the Beetroot Fields." On the other end of the spectrum lies the Smithereens-meets-Echo rock ballad "Remember Me" and the shimmering "Carrion," the latter one of the more catchy `00s indie power ballads (certainly the best to sport the phrase "brilliantine mortality"). While it's a somewhat difficult album (and would prove polarizing), it's also a stunning bow by a vibrant band featuring some of the most potent rock songwriting of its era.


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