CD Open Season [Digipak] [021823005621] (CD 138428),
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Open Season [Digipak] [021823005621]

  • 1. It Ended on an Oily Stage
    2. Be Gone
    3. How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?
    4. Like a Honeycomb
    5. Please Stand Up
    6. North Hanging Rock
    7. To Get to Sleep
    8. Victorian Ice
    9. Oh Larsen B
    10. Land Beyond, The
    11. True Adventures
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30056

  • Credits
    ProducerGraham Sutton
    EngineerGeorge Apsion; Tariq Zaid Al Nasrawi; Mads Bjerke; Phil Ault; Phill Brown

    Personnel: Abi Fry (viola); Phil Summer (cornet); Graham Sutton (programming).
    Additional personnel: Phil Summer (cornet); Graham Sutton, Abi Fry.
    Audio Mixers: Graham Sutton; Bill Price ; Iain Gore.
    British Sea Power's first album, THE DECLINE OF BRITISH SEA POWER, melded the group's key influences (Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths, and U2) with the evocative, poetic lyrics and passionate singing of frontman Yan. Yet on its follow-up, OPEN SEASON, British Sea Power is less concerned than some of its young rock brethren with making a racket. Instead, the band devotes its energies to creating evocative, breezy soundscapes that give rise to well-crafted slices of sparkling pop.
    The sighing, chiming "Victorian Ice" and the bright, airy "Be Gone" recall radio hits of the early 1980s, while the seductive croon of "Like a Honeycomb" gestures to the New Romantics of the same era. But British Sea Power goes beyond mere revivalism. Yan's literate, richly descriptive words paint a gallery of pictures in each song, and the ensemble's penchant for pitch-perfect songcraft (particularly on the rocker "How Will I Ever Find My Way Home?") keeps things fresh and engaging. This is a satisfying dose of Britpop that distinguishes itself among its post-punk-loving peers, while remaining immediately accessible.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[E]ccentric and majestic....British Sea Power are in a world of their own..."
    Spin (p.102) - "OPEN SEASON finds these mysterious lads already advancing into their suave Roxy Music phase, draping sweeping melodies over expansive arrangements..." - Grade: B-
    Uncut (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]hey've honed their hubris. Ship-shape."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 4 stars out of 5 - "It is British Sea Power's outreach album, immediately less chaotic and parochial, more serene and accessible, but no less magical....[Their] vision is unique."
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