13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its third album, Bombay Bicycle Club fashions a sound expansive enough to encompass introspective folk, ambient pop, and even a hint of ‘80s new wave. Under the production guidance of Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), the North London foursome retains the whimsical charm of its earlier work while increasing the rhythmic drive and textural variety. BBC’s eclecticism finds unity in Jack Steadman’s softly insistent vocals, a natural outlet for the band’s impressionistic lyrics. If Fix’s song themes tend to be elusive, the tracks here are often insidiously catchy. Tunes like “Shuffle” (built around a stuttering piano and spring-loaded beat), “Your Eyes” (as lean and propulsive as vintage post-punk), and “What You Want” (boasting an insistent drum hook) are effortlessly ear-grabbing. Veering into more atmospheric regions are pastel-toned numbers like “Fracture” and “Favorite Day” (the latter tinged with a genteel psychedelia). Chorale vocals and a simmering groove lend “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” a hypnotic power.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On its third album, Bombay Bicycle Club fashions a sound expansive enough to encompass introspective folk, ambient pop, and even a hint of ‘80s new wave. Under the production guidance of Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), the North London foursome retains the whimsical charm of its earlier work while increasing the rhythmic drive and textural variety. BBC’s eclecticism finds unity in Jack Steadman’s softly insistent vocals, a natural outlet for the band’s impressionistic lyrics. If Fix’s song themes tend to be elusive, the tracks here are often insidiously catchy. Tunes like “Shuffle” (built around a stuttering piano and spring-loaded beat), “Your Eyes” (as lean and propulsive as vintage post-punk), and “What You Want” (boasting an insistent drum hook) are effortlessly ear-grabbing. Veering into more atmospheric regions are pastel-toned numbers like “Fracture” and “Favorite Day” (the latter tinged with a genteel psychedelia). Chorale vocals and a simmering groove lend “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” a hypnotic power.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

innergrace23 ,

My kind of fix...

The 3rd album from Bombay Bicycle Club did not disappoint (not that I had any doubt). I've been "patiently" waiting for the rest of the world to catch on to these boys! Every aspect of this band is exceptional. The drums (Suren de Saram) are pure genius. Ed Nash on bass seriously makes me want to learn bass for the sole purpose of improving my air guitar skillz. Jamie MacColl on lead guitar is insane... his backing vocals definitely add depth to Jack's voice. As does the lovely Lucy Rose (check out her single). Jack Steadman... the mad scientist of the group is simply unparalleled... There aren't even words to convey his awesomeness. His voice is so unique and beautiful it makes listening to any old band almost painful. "A Different Kind of Fix" is right along the lines of their debut, I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, but with so much more effortlessly layered effects. The most exciting aspect of this album is that it's just the tip of the iceburg for this band... there's so much more to come from these boys and I'll be dancing and jamming along the way...

*** Key tracks: Shuffle, How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep, Lights Out Words Gone and Beggars :) Enjoy!!!

lpdevotee ,

A Different (Yet Comforting) Kind of Sound

Normally I don’t write a lot of music reviews on here these days but today seemed different. I stumbled upon their catalogue of music on my iTunes, and rediscovered my love for Bombay Bicycle Club. Despite their name, they’re a prominent indie pop band from England. This song in particular “What You Want”, has remnants of Sigur Ros’ first record “Von” and a touch of Death Cab for Cutie within it’s atmospheric arrangements. I’ve been a follower of this band for quite some time, and this is a completely different sound for the ‘BBC” (Bombay Bicycle Club). It’s almost as if it’s a cross between late 1980’s mixed with mid 2000’s electronics and midday indie folk tunes. Regardless of your music taste it’s worth a listen.

jayman2011 ,

A Different Kind of Fix > Flaws

Bombay should stick to their upbeat sound rather than slow it down like they did in Flaws. "Lights Out, Words Gone" is probably my favorite from this album. Yee.

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