Do You Like Rock Music? - British Sea Power
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  • Summary: The third album for the British quartet was produced by Graham Sutton and the band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. BSP have every right to feel content. After all, the almost men of sylvan, jagged rock, the pride of Britain's bookish, bird-watching bohemia, have made an album that's deserving of their swagger. Do you like rock music? If not, here's the perfect place to start.
  2. This is another huge step forward for a band not afraid to take them.
  3. Yan and Hamilton manage to capture old clich├ęs in new ways and that, filtered through their weirdness and idiosyncrasies, the sentiments seems new (or at least more original).
  4. In Do You Like Rock Music?, there seems to be a condensed clarity of vision, that vision being rock bigness and youthful enthusiasm and curing inertia and malaise, in the vein of the aforementioned past British masters.
  5. BSP aren't going for a concept album here (or concepts at all, really), but you'd be forgiven for expecting one given how beautifully the collection of songs coheres into a singular piece of work and retains momentum through its movements.
  6. Rock Music is free of both the maudlin and the mundane, and oddly rousing, too.
  7. The greatest fault of Do You Like Rock Music? is that it is a statement album without a statement, only a response.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. MarkL.
    Mar 12, 2008
    10
    I've always been a fan of these guys. The CD is without a doubt a 10. A must own is everyones collection. If you like this you should give the Duels a listen. Expand
  2. DJ
    Feb 17, 2008
    10
    A full blown Masterpiece!!
  3. J.H.
    Feb 13, 2008
    10
    Once again the two biggest haters (Pitchfork and PopMatters) talk trash about one of the best albums of the year. This album is practically flawless from start to finish. BSP expand upon their sound with dazzling results. Don't believe the hate. Expand
  4. MojoPiN
    Feb 23, 2008
    10
    I disagree with Pitchfork a lot of the time (and at some point agree with their judgements) but here they are about as wrong as they can be. This album borrows a lot from tunes of the past; the melodies, the structures and perhaps some lyrical content (though on the most part there is some serious ingenuity here), but the feel of this album is absolutely unsurpassed by anything I have heard in a good while. There are truly passionate and amazingly written masterpieces here that send your mind over every edge of its boundary. I don't see this as a gentle album, I see it as one of a challenge to let go of your preconceived notion of convention and really let yourself fly loose in understanding this twisted world around you. Perhaps it's a bit much to garner from a few tunes, but this album does this to me. Songs 3-5 especially hold sway as absolute masterpieces and I hope that people realize this rather than just base judgement on others reviews. For some it may not cut past a few listens, but I can honestly say that within 1 week I'm on my 40th + listen and each one is an experience. Pick it up and give it a shot. At the very least you'll be rewarding a truly passionate act. Expand
  5. CharlieL.
    Mar 20, 2008
    9
    This album reminds me strongly of U2's Joshua Tree. Not so much musically - though BSP clearly owes a musical debt to early U2 - but in its unique sort of ambition. This is BSP's moon shot, it's Big Statement, and it's so bombastic and intense and grand that it skates right up to the edge of pomposity and pretense. But they rescue themselves by simply never doing anything wrong. If it were less musically excellent, if the lyrics were less interesting or more standard, if the guitars rocked a little less hard, it'd be an unmitigated disaster of ego and pomp. There's a ring of authentic inspiration here, a genuineness that provides some substance to the big sounds; were it not there, it'd sound hollow and forced. A solid 9; not Echo and the Bunnymen's "Porcupine" but pretty damn good. Expand
  6. KGFReeze
    Mar 17, 2008
    8
    No Lucifer rules. Well recorded, well played, well sequenced. Just missing sometime, and I'm not sure what it is. Maybe too overloaded. I dunno. For as good as it is while I'm listening to it, I don't find myself wanting to listen to it all the time. Expand
  7. AlO.
    Feb 29, 2008
    2
    Man, I really don't know what you folks are listening to! This is a poorly recorded, half-baked, mess of an album. I loved Open Season...thought it was terrific, still do. I also liked the first album...DYLRM is so bad I can't even sit through it. drums sounds like pencils, loud distorted guitars howl away in the background as a meek ,way too close to the mic sounding voice bleeds through...the songs, most of them have no chorus whatsoever...Waving Flags is Ok, but it sounds like an Open Season outtake. Sorry guys...I'm jumping ship. Expand

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