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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


I'd be a liar if i said that i didn't love this album or this band. I mean, the debut full lenght effort was brilliant from start to finish and this album is nothing short of greatness. I just want them to keep going! "Ivy & Gold" is nothing short of refreshing and joyous. The acoustic "dust on the ground" is just as breathtaking as the original and on the first hear i actually liked it better initially than i did the original. "Fairytale Lullaby" is sweet and endearing and makes me melt. The Joanna Newsom cover of "Swansea" is a kindly take on one of my favorite songs. Great album, brilliant, quiet yet personal and an intimate moment with a band that has surely more to contribute to the music world. Buy it, love it. at $7.99 its a steal.

So good and Original

Those two ppl who were negative are obviously ignorant when it comes to music. This band is great and different. Do we wanna live in a world where every band sounds the same? I think not. Three cheers for this band... Seven cheers for this band. ha so yeah dodgy76... get a life seriously.

Change of Pace

I like Bombay a lot, especially their last album. I was looking forward to more of the truly creative noise they promoted in their previous projects, but was slightly turned off by the all acoustic album. That being said, for a folky album, it's pretty good.


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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