13 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As far as Brighton, England’s British Sea Power are concerned, the 1980s never ended. Or at least the epic soundsweeps, the chiming U2-like guitars, the dramatic tension, the heavy reverbs of the recording era are not to be discarded. The quartet’s third album asks whether or not you like rock music, but the bigger, more accurate question is how far are you willing to explore this definition of rock music? Contrary to the suggestion, this isn’t barebones textbook rock n’ roll, but a glammy, glitzy whirlwind of dancefloor grooves, sleek nightclub sounds and abstract song concerns ( Fellas, what exactly are “sodium-scarred wailing weeks”?). Recorded in Canada, the UK and the Czech Republic (in the forests of the Krivoklatsko Biosphere Reserve?), Rock Music plays as one long, flowing night of promised romance and escapism, until you realize “Canvey Island” is about the North Sea Flood that claimed 48 lives. “Down on the Ground” swirls like the Cure at their poppiest moments without Robert Smith’s strangulated whine to jam things up. “Lights Out for Darker Skies” expands and tempo-shifts over six and half minutes. So the real question: are you up for the British Sea Power challenge?

EDITORS’ NOTES

As far as Brighton, England’s British Sea Power are concerned, the 1980s never ended. Or at least the epic soundsweeps, the chiming U2-like guitars, the dramatic tension, the heavy reverbs of the recording era are not to be discarded. The quartet’s third album asks whether or not you like rock music, but the bigger, more accurate question is how far are you willing to explore this definition of rock music? Contrary to the suggestion, this isn’t barebones textbook rock n’ roll, but a glammy, glitzy whirlwind of dancefloor grooves, sleek nightclub sounds and abstract song concerns ( Fellas, what exactly are “sodium-scarred wailing weeks”?). Recorded in Canada, the UK and the Czech Republic (in the forests of the Krivoklatsko Biosphere Reserve?), Rock Music plays as one long, flowing night of promised romance and escapism, until you realize “Canvey Island” is about the North Sea Flood that claimed 48 lives. “Down on the Ground” swirls like the Cure at their poppiest moments without Robert Smith’s strangulated whine to jam things up. “Lights Out for Darker Skies” expands and tempo-shifts over six and half minutes. So the real question: are you up for the British Sea Power challenge?

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