British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall (3 stars)

British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall

Fourth studio album is epic, lovelorn and political, but doesn’t provide much new

(Rough Trade)

British Sea Power’s fourth studio album doesn’t provide much new. The epic swells, slow-builds and flurries of guitar will lend themselves well to the band’s renowned live shows. Yet, the more frantic, exciting British Sea Power sound seems to have been largely replaced by a more solidly ‘indie’ and at times bland version of the Mercury-nominated band. Lyrically, Valhalla Dancehall is lovelorn and political, the latter sticking in the craw at points but perhaps explaining their recent support shows for the Manics.

The record, although well arranged, lacks a hugely standout track, nothing here as memorable as ‘No Lucifer’ or ‘Waving Flags’.