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The Quietus' Reductive & Subjective Albums Of The Year List: 14 to One
The Quietus , December 9th, 2008 08:22

The Quietus finishes our countdown of the very best albums of 2008. Who will make the top?


4: British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
"From the Saturday afternoon wrestling halls of England to feral cats in abandoned forts in Cornwall; from Sodom to Canvey Island; from Johnny Kingdom deerstalking on Exmoor and Joe Meek in his bathroom, to splitting a pill and sharing a smile with our new Eastern European neighbours; with their third album British Sea Power embarked upon a rich psychogeographical journey through a thoroughly modern age Britain. That it took a preoccupation with a past age to get there – a Boy’s Own wanderlust world of camouflage and kerosene lamps and lashings of real ale - made it somehow all the more spectacular.

Dragging rock ‘n’ roll from the rural and out into the true folk heartland where it belongs, this was plugged-in rock music at its most literate. When future historians want to dig deep into British life at the dawn of a new age, the answers will be found here in songs like 'A Trip Out', 'No Lucifer', 'Waving Flags' and 'Atom', soaring anthems one and all - songs to leave you dizzy and ruddy-cheeked like a skinny dip in a moon-lit fresh water stream, songs that blow away the cobwebs of ennui and cynicism like a blast of fresh air at the summit of Helvellyn.

From up here the view was spectacular." Ben Myers

Watch the Quietus film of British Sea Power at the Natural History Museum