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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Music Spotlight: British Sea Power

Title: Do You Like Rock Music?
Artist: British Sea Power

Off the beaten path of mainstream radio, there are a lot of great bands that, for the most part, get overlooked. British Sea Power is one of those bands – an alt-indie group that crafts elaborate songs without coming across as inaccessible.

Do You Like Rock Music? is the band’s third release (after The Decline of British Sea Power and Open Season) and it presents a varied collection of song writing and musical effects that really rounds out the band’s sound. “Waving Flags’ is the best example of what makes DYLKR? so effective: it combines a vocal chorus, strings and sound effects in a way that make them seem essential to the song and not tacked on for effect. The result is a sweeping anthem that begs repeated listens. Another strong track is the longer “Lights Out for Darker Skies”, a rousing track that builds up steam, pulls back, then charges to its conclusion in a impressive fashion.

Overall, Do You Like Rock Music? is a combination of British Sea Power’s first two albums, but they effectively took the best parts of each and added new elements to create a solid disc that serves as a great jumping on point for new fans.

Standout tracks: Waving Flags, Lights Out for Darker Skies, Atom

Do You Like Rock Music? is located in the rock music collection: MR British

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