Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Dec 16, 2013
    100
    Later songs Bear and Cleaning Out The Rooms are rewoven to even more emotional effect than in their previous guises, on the Zeus EP and Valhalla Dancehall long-player respectively.
  2. Dec 10, 2013
    90
    From the Sea to the Land Beyond sees British Sea Power operating on a different level. A wonderful hymn to the island we call home.
  3. 85
    The collaboration between the film and the music is so successful, in fact, that it is hard to describe the music without noting the scenes.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 28, 2014
    80
    A joy in itself, but watching the accompanying film to experience the full audio-visual wallop is a must. [Feb 2014, p.113]
  5. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    80
    BSP's sifts from poignant viola and tranquil vocals to foaming turbulence are perfect. [Jan 2014, p.104]
  6. Dec 11, 2013
    80
    From The Sea To The Land Beyond (whether encountered with or without the moving image) is a potent and poetic exploration of our own human mortality in contrast with the unyielding permanence of nature and the sea.
  7. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    From the Sea comprises new versions of old songs, most of which sound just as powerful without Woolcock's arresting images.
  8. Dec 10, 2013
    80
    Dotted with intelligently applied sound effects and bits of newsreel narration, From the Sea to the Land Beyond often recalls Rachel's' post-rock masterpiece The Sea and the Bells in its evocative impact and thoughtful embrace of elements outside the palette of most rock bands; this isn't rock & roll, but what it is is something very special, and this is the rare film soundtrack that works nearly as well on its own as it does accompanying another artist's images.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 1, 2014
    7
    A really interesting project from BSP, works brilliantly as a soundtrack to the documentary of the same name. Listened to in isolation itA really interesting project from BSP, works brilliantly as a soundtrack to the documentary of the same name. Listened to in isolation it loses its impact somewhat, which is something you would say of the majority of scores. The instrumental nature of the record and its flowing style makes it difficult to pick out favourite tracks. It really needs to be listened to as one whole. Fans will enjoy and will recognise snippets from the bands back catalogue thrown in along the way but this is something different to anything the band have done before. Probably just what they needed to do at this stage in their careers. Well worth checking out, especially as an accompaniment to the documentary. Full Review »