Wook Kim
September 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Decline of British Sea Power

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Rough Trade
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

We have seen the past of rock & roll, and its name is BRITISH SEA POWER. And this, we can’t emphasize enough, is a good thing, as evinced on their debut album, THE DECLINE OF BRITISH SEA POWER (Rough Trade), a pitch-black-perfect channeling of such gloomsters as the Smiths, Joy Division, and the Cure. Depressing ditties like ”Fear of Drowning” (”…and all the money in the world/Won’t help you now”) are sure to put a frown on even the most well-adjusted mope-rockers. But it’s not all darkness: The Brighton, England-based quintet offers enough straight-ahead rockers to keep the CD from turning into dirge overkill. In fact, the track-4-and-5 combo that yokes the yearning splendor of ”Something Wicked” to the fist-pumping fury of ”Remember Me” gets our early vote for the best back-to-back song pairing of the year. The only decline we expect from British Sea Power is in their undeserved obscurity.

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