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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 31, 2014
    9
    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

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