Open Season





Anglophiles rejoice as British Sea Power is back with their sophomore album Open Season. The lads from Brighton have given us one of the finest albums of 2005. Their critically acclaimed 2003 release The Decline Of British Sea Power received praise from London to Los Angeles. With their latest offering, Joy Division seems to be less of an influence, with Pulp and Echo & The Bunnymen becoming a more important part of the band's sound. Their elegant New Wave-fueled brand of Britpop is once again filled with breezy romanticism over layers of lush production. This album is a breath of fresh air from the shrink-wrapped regurgitated Duran Duran clones that have taken over the airwaves. Production duties were done by Spiritualized colleague Mads Bjerke, which explains the depth of the album's sound. The record opens up with the beautiful "It Ended On An Oily Stage", featuring Noble's sharp guitar work and Yan's breathy vocals. The first US single is "Please Stand Up", a catchy pop tune with an irresistible chorus floating over a sea of strings that nears anthemic territory. Yeah, it is that good. Saving the best for last, the album concludes with "The Adventures". The song opens with enough strings and horns to make you think your iPod skipped over to a Polyphonic Spree b-side. The song quiets down, only to build up to several crescendos of beautiful noise throughout the course of the track. Their music is still angular and jagged at times, but this shows a band improving as they mature with age. Class, charm, intelligence and talent this great in a band are a rare event these days. Open Season will easily be one of my top records of the year. This could be one of the last truly great Britpop bands.

British Sea Power
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