Open Season - British Sea Power
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. By adding textures, piano, acoustic guitars, and restraint, and losing some of the scowling and savagery, BSP have unleashed a truly unique pop creation, one with depth and feeling.
  2. British Sea Power are not only the best band around, they’re also the best songwriters.
  3. Everything feels bolder than before, more assured of the rightness of singing from places that most lyricists fear to tred. In textures and words alone, 'Open Season' is a country mile ahead of any of the supposedly heroic guitar debuts knocking around in 2005.
  4. It's a triumphant lesson in sweeping gracefully towards the mainstream with your imagination and mystery intact.
  5. 84
    Open Season opts for simplicity, its plainest moments being its most transcendent, and for the most part, it carries you along. [#15, p.92]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. DaveD
    Sep 10, 2009
    10
    Absolutely outstanding album. Brimming with beautiful imagery and stunning settings, the album has a real epic quality.
  2. TJS
    Oct 15, 2007
    10
    An excellent album. More mellow than their first effort, but more mature as well. The song "Please Stand Up" should have had major play on An excellent album. More mellow than their first effort, but more mature as well. The song "Please Stand Up" should have had major play on radio stations all across the world. And the world would have been a better place because of it. A shame it didn't happen. Look forward to their next release. Full Review »
  3. MusicMaven
    Apr 12, 2005
    8
    A notch below their debut album, but still very good indeed. They've definitely toned down their hard edge -- nothing on Open Season A notch below their debut album, but still very good indeed. They've definitely toned down their hard edge -- nothing on Open Season rocks as hard as "Apologies To Insect Life" or even "Remember Me" from the first album. While I do miss them rocking out a bit, they've come up with some great melodies over which to sing their paeans to love, nature, and arctic ice shelves. My personal favorites at the moment are "Oh Larsen B" and "Please Stand Up" which may be their best track yet. Full Review »