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"Do You Like Rock Music?" by British Sea Power (2008)

"Do You Like Rock Music?" by British Sea Power
"When it's done properly, sure"

Artist:

British Sea Power

Album:

Do You Like Rock Music?

Released By:

Rough Trade

Released In:

2008

Reviewed By:

Kyle England

Reviewed On:

Sat Mar 8th, 2008

Grade:

4.0

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British Sea Power's third full-length may sport the most gag-reflex prone title in recent memory but make no mistake, British Sea Power want to be your new favorite rock band and they've made an album full of arena ready barnstormers that will make everyone who hear it sit up and take notice. This may seem strange coming from a British band that up to this point have only a small cult following but that didn't stop a band like Snow Patrol a few years back now did it?

Personally I find it refreshing that a band like British Sea Power has stuck their necks out and gone for broke here on DYLRM. This is certainly their make or break release without a doubt and Rock Music will probably either mark them on their way to becoming "the next U2" alongside other contemporaries like The Arcade Fire or it will end them because this album will certainly disenchant most of their small Indie-Rock fan base who've enjoyed them as their own little secret. I'm hoping for the former, because other than that atrociously bad title, Rock Music is filled to the brim with excellent tracks that scream "turn it up to 11!" Lead vocalist Yan is still a dead ringer for Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs and tracks such as "Lights Out For Darker Skies" and "Waving Flags" certainly sound like auditions to be a Bono protégée. But don't sleep on BSP's other lead vocalist Hamilton. On tracks like "No Lucifer" (which is my favorite track he's sung so far period) Hamilton exudes a Robyn Hitchcock quality vocally that perfectly fits this new stadium sound that British Sea Power are diving head first into. Is there room on Rock radio and VH1 for bands that still sound like this? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, I'll be pulling for them all the way.

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