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On their sophomore album, Bombay Bicycle Club goes acoustic. Where their 2009 debut introduced four young London-based musicians playing energetic post-punk trimmed with effects reminiscent of early-‘90s indie rock, 2010’s Flaws does away with electric guitars to reveal a band going through a pretty heavy folk phase. But from the catchy opener “Rinse Me Down”, it all makes perfect sense because Jack Steadman’s voice has a naturally quavering tremolo that would rest well between the vocals of Devendra Banhart and Conor Oberst. They redo “Dust On the Ground” from their first album, this time around giving the tune a melancholic beauty, while the melodic “Ivy & Gold” is a more buoyant ditty that bounces on a brushed snare drum while Steadman sings the same melody as the guitar line. English chanteuse Lucy Rose helps flesh out the title-track with feathery harmonies, adding a gauzy dimension to the album’s jewel. And just so there’s no mistaking that this is indeed a folk album, the band bestows reverent covers of John Martyn’s “Fairytale Lullaby” and Joanna Newsom’s “Swansea.”

Customer Reviews


It is beautiful, it's haunting melodies but clean lines bring it home!
Jack and the boys have produced a wonderful 2nd long player, this will be one of the best buys you make this year
Trust me!
Nice artwork Ed!

This should have been their first album

This is stunning, fragile, and enchanting... 'Flaws' is a raw and beautiful set of songs which are heartfelt delicate pockets of emotional delight.

This is the album the Bombay Boys probably wrote first before turning to the electric guitars and drum beats. It is incredible that they could produce this masterpiece as the sound is so fragile and pure. The distortion coming through on the guitar on 'Jewel', which one might consider a flaw only enhances the experience.

Sounding more like The Villagers than Vampire Weekend this certainly rocks my boat.





Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A melodic, guitar-driven indie rock outfit from North London, Bombay Bicycle Club comprise frontman Jack Steadman, guitarist Jamie MacColl, drummer Suren de Saram, and bassist Ed Nash. Steadman, MacColl, and Saram -- who at the time were all students at University College School (attending at the same time as members of Cajun Dance Party), and not one of them over the age of 15 -- formed the group in Crouch End in 2005, initially calling themselves the Canals. They adopted different names over the...
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