ALBUM REVIEW: The Sea “Rooftops”

The Sea cite The Beatles and Cream as their key influences, yet their debut album “Get Back” sounded far more The White Stripes lo-fi rock than The Beatles perfect pop rock. This is no criticism, but a mere observation. However, album number two, “Rooftops”, sees the D’Chisholme brothers paying attention to the chorus driven sonic addiction created by The Beatles and fusing it with their earlier efforts, and somewhat bizarrely sounding more like Mansun meets Dodgy and Shed Seven combined-which is no bad thing.

Lead single and album opener “New York” is an infectious slice of chant-along indie pop. With an unrelenting energy, the D’Chisholme’s start in fifth gear, determined to set the tone and show they mean business. While “New York” proves itself one of the album’s stand out tracks, it is by no means the only gem.

Kula Shaker-driven “Shake Shake” and The Libertines styling of “Panic Of The Streets Of Dalston” really showcase The Sea’s riotous capabilities. Immediate, addictive and soul-shaking, they waste little time in getting those heads and hips shaking.

The Ocean Colour Scene-esque “Rooftops of London” sees the boys slow the pace but not lose the ante. Raw and refreshing, “Rooftops Of London” shows that there is more to The Sea than 3 minute stomps. “Need Breath Dream”, which oozes a little Orion Experience and a little The Hoosiers, is perhaps “Rooftops” biggest melodrama, but with its Julian Velard infused piano hook and emotional vocal delivery, it is worthy of being the album’s next single.

Though the rockier numbers may perhaps be the most immediate, the stripped back “Cry” showcases the D’Chisholme’s ability to simply say it as it is. While many musician will use a ballad to ramp up the emotion and pour out their heart, the simple, honest and unassuming delivery of “Cry” makes it all the more powerful.

“Rooftops” may have broken away from The Sea’s sonic grounding, but the move simply demonstrates The Sea’s versatility. Though “Rooftops” could at first listen be written off as nothing more than an ode to the peak of Britpop, those that don’t give it a second listen will be missing the key to its diverse delivery. “Rooftops” adds more than an anthem or two to your collection, it is an exciting, mood enhancing romp that really hits the mark.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer:  Jeremy Williams

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