🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 British Sea Power

Scatter some branches and twigs around the room, it’s time for BSP!

Faithless join the leaderboard after an entirely forgettable thread:

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Trail Of Dead 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Fiona Apple 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Explosions In The Sky 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Decemberists 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Animal Collective 3.07
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
System Of A Down 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
The Coral 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Faithless 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Jamie T 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Drake 2.02
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Eagles 1.86
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
KISS 1.73
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

So then;

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  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • The Decline Of British Sea Power
  • Open Season
  • Do You Like Rock Music?
  • Valhalla Dancehall
  • Machineries Of Joy
  • Sea Of Brass
  • Let The Dancers Inherit The Party
  • Man Of Aran
  • From The Sea To The Land Beyond
  • Happiness
  • Disco Elysium

0 voters

  • Fear Of Drowning
  • Remember Me
  • The Lonely
  • Childhood Memories
  • Carrion
  • Apologies To Insect Life
  • A Lovely Day Tomorrow
  • It Ended On An Oily Stage
  • Please Stand Up
  • Waving Flags
  • No Lucifer
  • Living Is So Easy
  • Who’s In Control
  • Georgie Ray
  • Mongk 2
  • Machineries Of Joy
  • Monsters Of Sunderland
  • Facts Are Right
  • Loving Animals
  • Bad Bohemian
  • Keep On Trying (Sechs Freunde)

0 voters

Straight 5 for a band who opens their debut with choiral song followed by the line “Oh Fyodor you are the most attractive man, heup!”

13 Likes

Also, extra points for their Heron Addict teeshirt and their British Tea Power mugs.

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10 Likes

Fantastic first album, diminishing returns after that to the point of utter tedium. Saw them live a few years back and left halfway through the set as they were so boring. 2/5

5 Likes

Really like the first couple, haven’t listened to them or been motivated to listen to any of their other stuff for absolutely years though.

Eas-eh! Eas-eh! Eas-eh! Eas-eh! Eas-eh! Eas-eh 5

A truly wonderful band, Peter Capaldi thinks so too

When I’ve come around a bit I’d like to say more, looking forward to seeing what the thread throws up.

10 Likes

Never knowingly heard them for some reason

4 Likes

At least 7 of those albums are made-up.

Another for quite liked them at first, was never in love with them, no time for anything after the first couple.

2

3 Likes

Accidentally clicked on the rating and I don’t really know them so I’ll just set it to 3.

1 Like

Big fan. Not in that top-tier of my very favourite bands, but I really like them. Was meant to see them live Friday just gone in Folkestone, but for the 21st June unlocking delay. Not sure when that is going to be rescheduled for now. I’ve great times at their shows, and I’ve also been bored. You can’t help but smile when those scraggy old bears do their thing though.

Agree that it’s been diminishing returns, to a degree, but at the same time, Do You Like Rock Music? is my favourite of their albums, and I do think Valhalla Dancehall was a real return to form.

A strong 4 from me.

1 Like

Easiest 5 ever.

Fell in love with them the first time I heard them and are the band I’ve seen live more than anyone over the years (they never disappoint). Great lyrics and overall aesthetic which tap into a shared love of the natural world. Have done all sorts of interesting projects and events in cool places. Probably have the best merchandise, and I have some of Yan’s artwork here in my home office.

Favourite tracks are the epics Lately (hence the username) and True Adventures, but I could easily do a top 40. Spirit of St. Louis live is also pure chaotic brilliance.

16 Likes

Given them a 4.

The first three albums are great but then it seems to be very much a case of diminishing returns. Valhalla Dancehall is very good. Machineries of Joy has a few decent tracks on. Didn’t get on with Let The Dancers… at all.

The soundtrack albums are neither here nor there.

Seen them live quite a few days and it’s always a cracking show. Oh yeah, good merch too.

1 Like

I like them when they were trying to be Arcade Fire. Man of Aran is a fantastic post rock album but the rest is like nails down a chalk board.

1 Like

Love the first album, really like the next couple but as others have said diminishing returns after that. Their merch is some of the best out there and last year’s 15th anniversary vinyl of Open Season with the zoetrope picture disc is bloody awesome!

A strong 4.

2 Likes

going for a 5, it’s probably more of a strong 4 but I’m so happy that a band like them exists and keeps on furrowing their own plough that i’m bumping it up

Rock Music is absolutely the stand-out for me (the P4K review of it as “U.2/10” still pisses me off), the perfect blend of whimsy and intelligence and humour but backed up with a bit more muscle and power than some of their other albums. I often forget about it when considering my favourite albums ever, but it must be right up there tbh

somehow have only seen them once despite numerous chances to - first time I missed them was when I discovered they’d played in town the week before I realised I was a fan, and the second was the Sunday following on from a Friday uni deadline. Thought I’d go to the gig as a treat for finishing the work, but of course I procrastinated and didn’t do it, so guess who spent Sunday night up at midnight both working and not attending a BSP noise-fest … still annoyed at myself for that! Seeing them didn’t disappoint at all, despite it being for a slightly lesser album (Dancers) it was still great fun, loved the silver jumpsuits that appeared for the encore and we got the bear!

Back in town in October assuming all goes well, so need to get them tickets asap!

Standouts for me:

4 Likes

Amazing live band. Two really good albums. Reckon Do You Like Rock Music is just above the debut.

Really liked their stuff up until Do You Like Rock Music? which was a bit of a mixed bag.

Find their schtick a bit cringey now but it was fun back then I suppose. Do they still have folk in costumes running about the stage and all that?

Gone for a 3.

Hmm this is a tricky one.

Their debut is one of my all-time favourite albums. It’s outrageously good and still remains good no matter how many times I spam it.

Open Season has some great songs on it, but as a whole is just good.

And then after that, other than the occasional moment, it’s all been a bit shit.

Almost exactly the same trajectory as Interpol fo rme.

So it would be a 5 for the debut alone, probably a 2 or 3 for everything since then.

I guess that means it’s a 4.

1 Like