Do You Like Rock Music? - British Sea Power
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. DYLRM should be a mess, but the band has crafted a wintry, nuanced, and bold collection of epic songs that integrate the sweeping theatricality of Arcade Fire-era indie rock without all of the insularity.
  2. Do You Like Rock Music? doesn't fail miserably--which at least might have been more interesting--but disappoints gently.
  3. Rock Music goes further, showcasing a fully mature band turning out immense tracks that combine the best elements from their previous works. [Winter 2008, p.80]
  4. While DYLRM? lacks the wild-eyed spits and howls of "Decline Of British Sea Power," it's definitely BSP's most rocking effort yet, replacing the sterility that plagued its sophomore slump, "Open Season," with stadium-sized bravado.
  5. You can almost feel the wind and rain outside, and this adds to the mixture of melancholia and euphoria throughout, the latter realised most obviously on 'Waving Flags.' And that's the spirit that runs through this fine album, staying with the listener long after the final stanzas of 'We Close Our Eyes' bring it full circle.
  6. Wired with a sense of opportunity, these little Caesars continue to play mother's favourite rather than the ostracised gurning recluses they initially cast themselves as.
  7. Even as the band never quite achieves the transcendent moments of its influences, standouts like 'No Lucifer' and 'Waving Flags' touch real greatness. [Feb 15 2008, p.65]
  8. 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).
  9. This is another huge step forward for a band not afraid to take them.
  10. They muster compelling music that sounds like triumph in the face of adversity, building something beautiful out of the building blocks of sadness and despair.
  11. Do You Like Rock Music? is a large, unabashed attempt at greatness, and where other bands might diffuse into a chaotic mess in the process (ahem, Broken Social Scene), British Sea Power remain, skillfully intact.
  12. 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.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  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 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 3, 2014
    7
    While the bands foundations have always been built on rock (pun intended), as this album's title suggests, BSP go balls out rock on this theirWhile the bands foundations have always been built on rock (pun intended), as this album's title suggests, BSP go balls out rock on this their third album proper. "Do You Like Rock Music" is the bands most ambitious album in terms of aiming for that "big sound" and while the songs retain the grand anthemic feel we've come to expect from the band, here the band don't have the songs to see their ambition all the way through to the end. There are some proper crackers - with the album boasting a strong opening quarter and closing quarter. The middle of the section tends to meander a bit and lose focus. "No Lucifer" is a particular standout. "Do You Like Rock Music" is a good album, a qualified success but slightly disappointing as a follow up to the majestic "Open Season". Full Review »
  3. JimG.
    Apr 4, 2008
    9
    After having seen BSP live here in Louisville, KY, my appreciation for the splendors of DYLRM? have gained dimension. It's not that After having seen BSP live here in Louisville, KY, my appreciation for the splendors of DYLRM? have gained dimension. It's not that these lads wield hefty lyrical ambitions with care, bringing in military history, physics, ornithology, et al--it's that they bring it in with understanding. There is something very truthful about this record that is worthy of close attention. Full Review »