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British Sea Power - 'Let The Dancers Inherit The Party'

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on 19 March 2017 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Caroline International / Golden Chariot
Release date 31st March 2017
Rating 8/10

It's been 14 years since we first laid ears on one of British indie's finest. The opening reverb of 'Apologies to Insect Life' on debut The Decline of British Sea Power is still today as fresh and brimming with ideas as it was then. In the years following, they have released another eight records. Between eccentric foliage heavy live tours, a golden spell of 2005's Open Season and 2008's Do You Like Rock Music? they could do no wrong, and became critical darlings. In recent years, barring the exceptional soundtrack, From The Sea to the Land Beyond, they'd rather lost form. Thankfully their tenth is one of the best yet. 'Bad Bohemian' brims with glorious melody, 'International Space Station' is epic in scale and ear hooks, while 'Keep on Trying' is groove-laden pop. 'Saint Jerome' is the most raucous it gets, and the minimal 'Alone Piano' is a tender, plaintive closer. It's good to see BSP back at their best, sounding energised and effortlessly rich in melody.

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