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British Sea Power, ‘Do You Like Rock Music?’ (Rough Trade/World’s Fair)

Since their 2003 debut LP, these Brighton-based lads have developed their own eccentric rock curriculum, and here they touch on the topics of Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr, the great skua seabird, Kevlar, and the flooding of an island in the River Thames. But with guitars that ring and roar and percussion that gushes and thunders, they finally turn their lyrical peculiarities into a legitimate churn of ideas, rather than a posturing diversion. From the dirty punk of “A Trip Out” to the glimmering hope of “Waving Flags,” the band’s third album even recalls Arcade Fire’s epic drama.

Now Hear This: British Sea Power – “Waving Flags” DOWNLOAD MP3