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Boomkat Product Review:
It might only be five tracks wide, but The Winchester Club's Britannia Triumphant is nearly an hour long and could hardly be more intensively packaged. For a start you get some serious birch for your buck, what with the whole thing being housed in a wooden box, but once you break into the package you'll be greeted by a rather fancy red tray and a complementary beermat, which is all very much appropriate given the slightly awkward, nationalistic, working men's club vibe exuded by the album's presentation. Exactly how any of this fits in with the music remains a mystery. These five lengthy post-rock ventures dabble with shades of Mogwai here, bits of Sonic Youth there and a massive dollop of Godspeed thrown in to boot. Sadly the instrumental phrasing proves to be a bit of a letdown on some occasions: the brooding guitar layers of 'Britney Sings Lullabies For The Drowning Crew' might grow somewhat tedious to those of you less favorably disposed towards the post-rock genre, repeating the same expressionless lead line interminably towards oblivion. Elsewhere, 'Settle Down' sounds a bit like St. Etienne having a go at covering Portishead's 'Glorybox', which is if nothing else a timely gesture given the current brouhaha being stirred up over that band's righteous new LP. There's more to The Winchester Club than mere replication though, from the euphoric sludge of 'But There Is No Space' to the title track's energetic, anthemic styling, fans of all things epic will discover something to enjoy in Britannia Triumphant.