Valhalla Dancehall

Valhalla Dancehall is a studio album from the Brighton-based indie rock band British Sea Power. It was released in January 2011.

Valhalla Dancehall
Studio album by
Released10 January 2011
GenreAlternative, rock
LabelRough Trade
ProducerBSP & Graham Sutton
British Sea Power chronology
Man of Aran
Valhalla Dancehall
Machineries of Joy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
BBC(positive) [2]
CrackleFeedback [3] [4]
Gigwise [5]
The Guardian [6]
Pitchfork Media [7]
Rockfeedback [8]
Spin [9]
This Is Fake DIY [10]
Valhalla V.I.P.
EP by
Released10 January 2011
GenreAlternative, Rock
LabelRough Trade
ProducerBSP & Graham Sutton
British Sea Power EP chronology
Valhalla V.I.P.

The album's title was revealed on 13 October 2010.[11] The band's official website displayed a release date of 10 January.[12] The Canadian website of their record label listed a release date of 18 January.[13]

The first single from the album, "Living Is So Easy", was released digitally on 29 November 2010.[14]

The album was recorded in South East England and on the Isle of Skye, and produced by British Sea Power and Graham Sutton.[15]

The song "Georgie Ray" was inspired by George Orwell and Ray Bradbury, according to Yan and Wood in an interview with musicOMH.[16]

The song "Cleaning Out The Rooms" first appeared on the Zeus EP, as did a different version of "Mongk II" entitled "Mongk".

Regarding the album's title, the band have merely stated that "Valhalla Dancehall" is possibly "just a glorified farmhouse that sometimes runs out of oil."[17]

Track listing

Valhalla Dancehall[18]
1."Who’s In Control"Noble/Yan3:14
2."We Are Sound"Noble/Yan4:47
3."Georgie Ray"Yan3:48
4."Stunde Null"Yan2:39
5."Mongk II"Hamilton4:49
8."Living Is So Easy"Noble/Yan/Hamilton4:01
9."Observe The Skies"Noble/Yan/Sumner3:23
10."Cleaning Out The Rooms"Hamilton7:11
11."Thin Black Sail"Noble/Yan1:46
12."Once More Now"Hamilton11:14
13."Heavy Water"BSP3:42
Total length:60:31

Valhalla V.I.P. EP

Independent record stores in the UK sold initial copies of the album with an additional EP, entitled Valhalla V.I.P..

Valhalla V.I.P.[19]
1."Let The Tears Roll"Hamilton/Noble4:06
2."Lucky Bicycle"Yan/Hamilton/Noble/Wood2:45
3."kW-h (Glitter)" (Remix of the version on the Zeus EP)Yan5:24
4."Shit Factory"Yan2:01
5."Luna" (Full Length Version)Yan9:32
Total length:23:48


  1. James Christopher Monger. "Valhalla Dancehall - review". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. Andrzej Lukowski (15 December 2010). "BBC - Music - Review of British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall". BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  3. Bob Ferris (11 January 2011). "British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall Review and aggregator". Crackle Feedback.
  4. "British Sea Power Valhalla Dancehall". 6 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  5. Jon Thomson (11 January 2011). "British Sea Power - 'Valhalla Dancehall' (Rough Trade) Released: 10/01/11". Gigwise. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  6. Maddy Costa (6 January 2011). "British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall - review". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  7. Ian Cohen (12 January 2011). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: British Sea Power: Valhalla Dancehall". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  8. "Review - British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall (Rough Trade)". RockFeedback. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  9. "SPIN Review".
  10. Gareth O’Malley (10 January 2011). "British Sea Power - Valhalla Dancehall - Album Reviews". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  11. "British Sea Power - News". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  12. "British Sea Power". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  13. "Beggars Group Canada". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  14. "British Sea Power - Living Is So Easy". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  15. "British Sea Power Bring on Valhalla Dancehall in January 2011". Sentimentalist Magazine. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  16. Ben Hogwood. "Interview: British Sea Power". musicOMH. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  17. British Sea Power: Our memories of making Valhalla Dancehall – home
  18. "British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  19. "British Sea Power: Our memories of making Valhalla Dancehall". The Guardian. London. 5 January 2011.

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