They’ve perfected their technique of hitching intriguingly odd lyrics to perfect hooks
“I’m a big fan of the local library, I just read a book, but that’s another story,” sings British Sea Power’s Yan on ‘Who’s In Control?’ at the start of this album. It’s a nice nod, both to their reputation as somewhat bookish rockers, Alan Bennett fronting the Pixies, and their determination to emphasise their ballsier side. So the best thing about ‘Valhalla Dancehall’ is that they’ve perfected their technique of hitching intriguingly odd lyrics to perfect hooks on ‘Luna’ and ‘Living Is So Easy’. The downside is that their understandable fear of becoming just another indie band leads them into too many changes of direction. Just having great tunes has never been enough.