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Music Reviews

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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
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British Sea Power
The Decline of British Sea Power
Rough Trade Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
British Sea Power sound like a lot of things you've heard, but not quite enough like any of them to actually be them. They remind you of those days when you listened to Britpop without shame, without hiding it, but blaring those sweet pretensions from all the windows of your world. And, get this, they're really really good.

Ranging in tone from punk, to near-glam, to the sort of swirly guitars that shoegazers everywhere bliss out to, The Decline of British Sea Power has a sound that could be characterized as either highly derivative or carefully crafted. I prefer to think the latter.

I get irritated beyond belief when I listen to friends tell me that they don't like to listen to new bands anymore, because they all sound like someone else, so why not just revisit those old bands? Why listen to soundalikes, when the original is still good? Well, the things you like best about that old band can be reinterpreted in many ways - some artists are more talented at blenderizing the texture of their predecessors than others. Witness the many hapless attempts a few years ago to reproduce the rap/rock synthesis of a band like Rage Against The Machine, surely not in the list of the world's greatest bands ever, but just *look* at what they spawned!

I say all of that in an attempt to say this: you will try to categorize this disc, to pull it apart and name its elements. Don't. Please don't. Because it is good to listen to, it is great headphone music, great car music, great music for feeling wistful (in a loud, guitary way). If you have any reservations, may I direct your attention to track 5, "Remember Me," which will impress itself on your brain, and you will find yourself humming it at the oddest moments. Or to "Carrion," which you will swear is by someone you already know, but no, you've just always wanted to hear this song. It is indulgent and sweet in just the right way, and full of those things that make rock so very, very good.

Reviewed by Larissa Parson


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