British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. Rock & Pop
    3. Alternative
    Number of Discs
    Number of Items
    Valhalla Dancehall [Digipak]
    Country of Origin
    Rough Trade
    Mono / Stereo

    Spin (p.76) - "'Living Is So Easy' skewers superficial breeziness over breezy drum-machine patter..."
    Billboard (p.36) - "British Sea Power offers up more of what it's known for, most memorably in the reverb-drenched 'Luna' and the string-enriched 'Cleaning Out the Rooms.'"
    Paste (magazine) - "There may not be a band in existence that fuses such musical ambition and epic soundscpaes with such arcane, esoteric subject matter..."
    Clash (magazine) - "[T]heir orchestral rock still finds time across thirteen chiming tracks to become thoughtful, melancholic and pastorally emotive."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ith VALHALLA DANCEHALL they go stratospheric, fracturing in all directions with atmospheric mood pieces, frenetic timebombs and swathes of electronica that see the group revel in new ideas..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.79) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Mongk II' adds a fine sneer to their guitar thrum, while 'Georgie Ray' and 'Thin Black Sail' attempt a broader mood and texture."

    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Who's In Control?
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] We Are Sound
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Georgie Ray
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Stunde Null
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Mongk II
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Luna
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Baby
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Living Is So Easy
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Observe The Skies
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Cleaning Out The Rooms
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Thin Black Sail
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Once More Now
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Heavy Water
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Who's in Control?
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] We Are Sound
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Georgie Ray
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Stunde Null
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Mongk II
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Luna
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Baby
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Living Is so Easy
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Observe the Skies
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Cleaning Out the Rooms
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Thin Black Sail
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Once More Now
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Heavy Water
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    1 September 2011
    60m 29s

    Personnel: Hamilton (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, xylophone, background vocals); Yan (vocals, guitar, cello, piano, keyboards, percussion, background vocals); Noble (guitar, E-bow, piano, organ, keyboards, background vocals); Phil Sumner (guitar, trumpet, cornet, piano, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Abi Fry (viola, musical saw, background vocals); Wood (drums, percussion); Graham Sutton (programming).
    Recording information: Brighton Electric; Gledhow Lane; LJM's Rutland Road; Mouldy Towers; Selmeston; The Isle Of Skye; The Zeus; Wesley's Place.
    British Sea Power's fourth, proper studio album skillfully navigates the middle ground between 2008's soaring Do You Like Rock Music? and 2009's wistful, largely instrumental soundtrack for the 1934 naturalist docudrama Man of Aran. Like all BSP records, Valhalla Dancehall aims for the nosebleed section while remaining oddly detached. The band's penchant for crafting stadium-sized epics without any real hooks was nearly obliterated by 2008's brilliant "Waving Flags," which could have elicited goose bumps from a cadaver, but outside of the infectious, Big Country-inspired opening cut "Who's in Control?," Valhalla Dancehall remains firmly rooted in the formless, Arctic grandeur that has defined the band throughout the decade. Angular, post-punk romps like "Thin Black Sail" and "Stunde Null" echo the raw power of the group's 2003 debut, while the slow burn of "Georgie Ray," "Baby," and "Cleaning Out the Rooms," the latter of which appeared on the 2010 EP Zeus, reflect the pastoral Sussex and Isle of Skye environments from which they were hatched. Birders and naturalists looking for the soundtrack to their next big expedition have no greater ally than this Cumbria-born collective. They have whittled and honed their sound so decisively (even new elements like electronics and samples feel like they've been on the palette for years) that their very name can be used as an adjective (British Sea Power-esque). That said, introducing a few new colors to the canvas might help with recruitment, or better yet, convince the current troops that a fifth tour is not only imminent, but necessary. ~ James Christopher Monger

    Date Released
    2012-05-01 00:00:00
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
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