British Sea Power
Machineries of Joy - ROUGH TRADE
FILTER Grade: 70%
By Nevin Martell on April 4, 2013
The UK six-piece’s 2003 debut was entitled The Decline of British Sea Power, but they should have saved that name for their fifth album. Unfocused and uninspired, Machineries lacks the sprawling majesty and well-forged hooks of earlier efforts. Instead, there’s the meandering title track, the dull plod of “Loving Animals” and the Doves-aping “When a Warm Wind Blows Through the Grass.” One hopes that this once-brilliant band still holds some greatness in reserve, because we hope to see British Sea Power rise again.