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  • Summary: Oft-compared to Joy Division, this unique British four-piece sports single-word names (Hamilton, Noble, Yan, and Wood), dons military apparel for their live shows, and tackles dark, weighty themes in their lyrics (Czech history, anyone)? 'The Decline' marks their full-length debut, drawing critical praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. An enchanting, rhapsodic album of uncommon depth.
  2. 90
    A riveting debut packed with ideas and invention. [Jul 2003, p.126]
  3. We hear a lot of different sounds, but are never left in any doubt that they flow together with such fire and skill that you feel they could knock out a freeform jazz number and still sound like the same band.
  4. British Sea Power have the talent and vision to be a truly inspirational new guitar band.
  5. Unabashed whimsy merges seamlessly with melodious garage rock. [Jul 2003, p.100]
  6. British Sea Power's slightly camp, wholly menacing, startlingly audacious debut is unlike anything you'll hear this year.
  7. The mish-mash of moods and modes leaves little from which to gather a theme.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. G
    Nov 23, 2006
    A truely astounding album.
  2. nickd
    Jan 9, 2004
    See, people who say "the emporer has no clothes" should be shot for music fascism. Fantastic record, bombasic, pompous (14-minute long tracks and 41-second monk chanting, anyone?). It's not that arty, it's just great music. Now excuse me, I'm just off to murder the idiot who gave it 2. Expand
  3. ahmose
    Sep 24, 2005
    This a great album. Great lyrics, melodies. A classic.
    Jan 27, 2004
    Not just great songs. It's a great album. My favorite since Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.
  5. Jan 31, 2014
    A truly original and stunning record. Comparisons with Joy Division are nonsense. They are musically more gifted than that. Testosterone addled worshippers of dumb ass cock rock who have mistakenly picked up this record and slagged it off on this site go and stick your heads in the oven. Expand
  6. WO
    Feb 22, 2004
    This is such a great album. The only problem I had with it is I felt it began to lose momentum at about song 7; however, it picked up in a big way towards the end. Expand
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    BSP introduced themselves with a record that shows a musical and thematic ambition you just don't get very often on debut albums. It's straightforwards drums and bass playing with layers of sharp, sometimes dirty, guitars on top. Wilkinson is a more than capable vocalist although his style makes it quite difficult to hear what he's saying. This is a solid album, sequenced perfectly with a handful of excellent tracks that grab you along the way. Highlights include "Apologies to Insect Life", "Something Wicked" and the great trio of tracks found in the centre of the album where the band hit you with "Fear of Drowning", "The Lonely" and "Carrion" in the space of a quarter hour. If only I could here those lyrics. Expand

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