Album Review: British Sea Power - Machineries of Joy
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3/5 "We’re primitive abolition, like a hobbyist of deranged proportion,” sings Yannis on British Sea Power’s extremely literal sixth album. Like 'All In It' and 'Who’s In Control', 'Machineries of Joy' leads from the front. The sound of guitar shrieks, ambience and a cymbal build-up is significant in British Sea Power's musical creations. Machineries of Joy opens up in a metronomic Neu! fashion, with its krautrock melody. Taken from their BSP EP1-6 demo's from last year, British Sea Power went about recording in Brighton last November. These sessions created Machineries of Joy, one of their best albums to date. The sixth track 'Monsters of Sunderland' is especially monumental with its trumpets, likewise the brass heavy 'Radio Goddard'. Machineries of Joy has toned down material, with Yan's literal lyrics over brass. It just doesn’t live up to the audience’s guitar rock expectation.
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