The Decline of British Sea Power

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The Decline of British Sea Power
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Studio album by British Sea Power
Released 2 June 2003
Recorded 2003 at 2 kHz, et al.
Genre Post-punk revival
Indie rock
Length 47:15
Label Rough Trade
British Sea Power chronology
The Decline of British Sea Power
(2003)
Open Season
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 86 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Blender 4/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork (7.7/10) [4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [5]

The Decline of British Sea Power (2003) is the debut album from British Sea Power. "The Lonely", "Carrion" and "Remember Me" were all released as singles from the album, as well as older recordings of "Fear of Drowning" and "Remember Me", which differ from the versions on this album. While not a best seller, through word of mouth the band have sold over 60,000 copies of the album so far.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Men Together Today" – 0:41
  2. "Apologies to Insect Life" (Hamilton/Noble/Wood/Yan) – 2:47
  3. "Favours in the Beetroot Fields" (Yan) – 1:16
  4. "Something Wicked" (Hamilton) – 3:12
  5. "Remember Me" (Yan) – 3:10
  6. "Fear of Drowning" (Yan) – 4:26
  7. "The Lonely" (Yan) – 5:12
  8. "Carrion" (Hamilton/Noble/Wood/Yan) – 4:06
  9. "Blackout" (Hamilton) – 3:48
  10. "Lately" (Yan) – 13:58
  11. "A Wooden Horse" (Yan) – 4:37

Japanese release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Heavenly Waters" (Hamilton) – 6:35
  2. "Childhood Memories" (Yan) – 3:36

US release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Childhood Memories" (Yan) – 3:36
  2. "Heavenly Waters" (Hamilton) – 6:35

12 year anniversary reissue bonus discs[6][edit]

THE DECLINE-ERA B-SIDES

  1. "Albert’s Eyes"
  2. "Moley & Me"
  3. "The Smallest Church In Sussex"
  4. "Salty Water"
  5. "Strange Communication"
  6. "Birdy"
  7. "Heavenly Waters"
  8. "A Lovely Day Tomorrow"
  9. "Apologies To Insect Life" (Russian Rock Demo)
  10. "The Scottish Wildlife Experience"
  11. "No Red Indian"
  12. "Good Good Boys"

THE DECLINE ERA, RARE AND LIVE

  1. "Carrion" (concert intro loop)
  2. "Childhood Memories" (single)
  3. "Remember Me" (Gareth Jones mix)
  4. "Carrion" (Mads Bjerke mix)
  5. "A Lovely Day Tomorrow" (Will Sergeant)
  6. "Strange"
  7. "Tugboat"
  8. "A Wooden Horse" (Golden Chariot B-side)
  9. "Fear Of Drowning" (Golden Chariot single)
  10. "The Spirit Of St Louis" (single)
  11. "Out Of My Mind On Dope And Speed"
  12. "A Lovely Day Tomorrow" (Czech EP alternative)
  13. "Fakir" (Czech EP)
  14. "The Smallest Church In Sussex" (instrumental)
  15. "Fear Of Drowning" (Club Sea Power)
  16. "The Scottish Wildlife Experience" (Club Sea Power)
  17. "The Spirit Of St Louis" (Club Sea Power)
  18. "Lately" (Club Sea Power)

THE DECLINE-ERA DEMO RECORDINGS

  1. "We’re Not Like This" (Monnow Valley)
  2. "Memories Of Childhood"
  3. "The Lonely" (organ demo)
  4. "Albert’s Eyes"
  5. "Heavenly Waters" (vocal demo)
  6. "The Smallest Church In Sussex" (piano)
  7. "A Lovely Day Tomorrow"
  8. "Something Wicked" (Hamilton vocal)
  9. "Black Ops With Liberace" ("The Lonely" (demo))
  10. "Always The Sea" (Monnow Valley)
  11. "Blackout"
  12. "Lately"
  13. "The Spirit Of St Louis"
  14. "Theme From Baraka"
  15. "Total War By Rock And Roll"
  16. Unused demo 1
  17. Unused demo 9
  18. Unused demo 3
  19. Unused demo 7
  20. "Diecastings"

Personnel[edit]

British Sea Power[edit]

Additional[edit]

  • D. Sharp – French horn on "Blackout"
  • M. J. Noble – extra backing vocals on "Men Together Today" and "Blackout"
  • V. Oag – recorded sea on "Fear of Drowning"

Recording[edit]

All songs recorded by Mads Bjerke and British Sea Power at 2 kHz. Excepting "Carrion", recorded at Golden Chariot Studios, Roundhouse and 2 kHz and, with Marc Beatty, at Mockingbird Studio. "Carrion" mixed at The Townhouse by Dave Bascombe.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog number
United Kingdom 2003-06-02 Rough Trade Records CD RTRADECD090
United Kingdom 2003-06-02 Rough Trade Records LP RTRADELP090
Japan 2003-08-20 Toy's Factory CD TFCK-87329
United States 2003-09-09 CD 06076-83214-2

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