Bombay Bicycle Club

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I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
New Import - 2717716
Sealed 2015 Repress. UK Import. "Bombay Bicycle Club Were The Center Of Quite A Bit Of Attention, Both In Their Native England And Abroad, Thanks To Their Big Win In Virgin Mobile's Road To V Battle-of-the-bands Competition. Following Their Win, They Played Dozens Of Live Shows, Were Tirelessly Blogged About, Were Featured In Nme, And Entertained A Good Number Of Offers From Big Labels -- All Of This Before They Graduated From Upper Secondary School. This Is Pretty Heavy Stuff For Any Up-and-coming Band, Let Alone One Comprised Of A Bunch Of Teenagers, So It Made Sense That Bombay Bicycle Club Dodged The Major-label Offers And Took Some Time To Get Their Bearings; They Self-released A Couple Eps (With The Help Of Arctic Monkeys Producer Jim Abbiss, Who Produced This Album As Well) And Finished Up Their Studies Before Taking The Plunge And Signing With Island Records. And Their Level-headed Approach Seems To Have Paid Off -- I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose Is A Sleek, Polished, Balanced Listen Made Up Of The Kind Of Punchy, Angular, Brooding-vocals-and-pounding-bass Indie Rock That Brings To Mind Franz Ferdinand And Bloc Party. "Dust On The Ground" Finds The Band At Its Most Similar To Franz Ferdinand (Or Even Editors). It's Also One Of The Album's Better Tracks: A Prickling Blast Of Lead Singer Jack Steadman's Tremulous Caterwaul, Some Blissed-out Reverb Guitars, And A Punchy Hook. The Band Really Shines, Though, When It Edges Into More Playful Territory, Specifically On The Vampire Weekend-esque "Always Like This"; Steadman's Anxious Vocals Are Luminous When Set Against The Track's Bright Background Of Jumpy, Afro-beat-influenced Basslines. Both Of These Songs Have Heart, And They Make I Had The Blues Stand Out As Something More Than Just Another Take On The Angular, Moody, Post-punk-influenced Sound That Dominated The U.K. Indie Scene For Most Of The Early 2000s." AMG Review By Margaret Reges. more
So Long, See You Tomorrow
Used - LP - VR4188
2014 US Standard Pressing. "Bombay Bicycle Club's Fourth Studio Album, 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow, Finds The Band Building Upon The Dance-oriented Sound Of 2011's A Different Kind Of Fix While Still Remaining Faithful To Their Melodic, Introspective Indie Rock Roots. Once Again Centered Around The Lead Vocals Of Jack Steadman, The Album Was Purportedly Written While Steadman Was Traveling Through Europe And India, And Many Of The Songs On So Long, See You Tomorrow Contain Samples Of The Various Sounds, Music, And Rhythms Steadman Encountered On His Trip. And While There Are Definitely Bollywood-esque Qualities Here, Especially On Such Songs As The Hypnotic And Driving "Overdone" And The Equally As Swirling "Carry Me," The Results Are Never Overt Or Heavy-handed. These Are Organic, Living Productions That Touch Upon Rave Culture And World Music While Remaining Rooted In Melodic Songcraft. The Album Also Features Guest Lead And Harmony Vocals From British Singer/songwriters And Rising Pop Divas Lucy Rose And Rae Morris. All Of This Stylistic And Creative Synergy Lends The Album A Layered, Late-'80s Adult Contemporary Vibe. In Fact, Cuts Like The Sparkling "Luna" And The Yearning "Home By Now" Definitely Bring To Mind So-era Peter Gabriel. Similarly, The Moving Ballad "Eyes Off You" Has Sustained Drama That Recalls Gabriel's Classic 1986 Duet With Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up." Ultimately, So Long, See You Tomorrow Is Highly Engaging, Thoughtful, Kaleidoscopic Pop Music For Citizens Of The World." AMG - Matt Collar. more

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