Open Season (2005) Have Brighton's promising Britpoppers been taking Ritalin? British Sea Power's debut, 2003's The Decline of British Sea Power , was a manic mix of the… 2005-04-05 British Sea Power
Music Review

Open Season (2005)

Details Release Date: Apr 05, 2005; Lead Performance: British Sea Power

Have Brighton's promising Britpoppers been taking Ritalin? British Sea Power's debut, 2003's The Decline of British Sea Power, was a manic mix of the Pixies, Pavement, and Proust, but alas, that feral energy has evaporated. In its place are well-bred rock numbers that chug dutifully forward, running on mannered riffs and indifferent vocals. Open Season does have its moments — the James-like transcendence of ''Please Stand Up'' and slow-burn spookiness of ''Be Gone'' both raise gooseflesh — but the only real surprise is its wan predictability.

Originally posted Apr 11, 2005 Published in issue #815 Apr 15, 2005 Order article reprints