By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
On its 2003 debut, The Decline of British Sea Power, U.K. indie-rockers British Sea Power laid buzz-saw guitars on top of an expansive, psych-tinged background. The band's 2005 follow-up, Open Season, sacrificed some of that steely bite for strings and swooning textures. Without jagged guitar slashes propelling them, the songs frequently sank beneath the weight of their chilly new-wave swirl and shimmer. Do You Like Rock Music? doesn't quite respond to its own question with a deafening yes, but the album's grit and glamour are better calibrated this time around. Opener "All in It" features a marching choir of voices; "Lights Out for Darker Skies" has a nervy jangle that spins off into dreamland; and the gauzy, arena-sized "Waving Flags" sounds positively spiritualized. And that's just the first third of the CD.
Do You Like Rock Music? sags a bit in the middle, but regroups in time for the eight-minute finale, "We Close Our Eyes," which reaches an atmospheric intensity that Coldplay's Chris Martin has only to read about.
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