Open Season - British Sea Power
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  • Summary: The tree-climbing, ice shelf-loving, Brighton, England band's second album follows two years after their debut ('The Decline Of British Sea Power') brought them critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Mads Bjerke (Spiritualized) produced.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
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  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. It's a triumphant lesson in sweeping gracefully towards the mainstream with your imagination and mystery intact.
  3. Another superb album. [#9]
  4. By maintaining their singular aesthetic while venturing into more inviting pop sounds, the weirdest band from Brighton just might have become the smartest.
  5. The first few songs are so jaw-slackeningly great, it can take days to get to the album's highlight, the epic eight-minute medley of "Please Stand Up" and "North Hanging Rock."
  6. Don't look to Open Season to get your heart pounding or your blood flowing; it trades in less cathartic experiences.
  7. The potential is definitely there, but I can't help feeling that BSP have taken a step back from the promise of their first outing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
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  1. PeterD
    Apr 5, 2005
    I just hate anyone that doesn't like this album. They have no soul.
  2. DoubtingThomas
    Jun 3, 2005
    A great young band who carry forward the spirit once exuded by Brit pop stalwarts Echo & The Bunnymen, Julian Cope, and The Smiths.
  3. DaveD
    Sep 10, 2009
    Absolutely outstanding album. Brimming with beautiful imagery and stunning settings, the album has a real epic quality.
  4. DavidG
    Apr 8, 2005
    Quality album - trying to be different to "the decline of...", which is appreciated. "Please stand up" and "The land beyond" are highlights for me at the moment. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2014
    BSP have a nice spacey brand of indie rock, often reminding me of how Pulp would sound without their charismatic frontman. "Open Season" is definitely a grower. On the surface we have 11 reasonably straightforward guitar driven tracks, however repeated listens to the record allows it to unfold into something much more detailed. For the most part, the album has a distinct feel to it - very spacey and chilled out. Having said this, there is always an anthemic feel to the songs. "Please Stand Up" is my favourite track on the album but there are plenty of other highlights accompanying it. Well worth checking out Expand
  6. JohnR
    Apr 6, 2005
    Doesn't quite reach their first record, this one still has a handful of stellar tracks. A little samey through the middle third, but a solid disc nonetheless. Expand
  7. PauloD
    Jun 2, 2005
    the album have a variety of influences from beatles, david bowie mixed with modern britpop but the songs don't have personality and the "indie" feel this efort have it can make you bored of this band. Expand

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