For me, music is more than just art. Music is more of a force, able to stir one's emotions, awaken one's senses, and unite people under a common denominator. It is an essential part to my life.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Bombay Bicycle Club
The London-based quartet of Bombay Bicycle Club have been good about putting out new material at a constant rate. They've released a new album every year for the past three years, a feat that can be difficult to achieve. Over the course of this time the band has slowly been growing in popularity, attracting a following large enough to place them on UK's music charts. Even so, this year's LP A Different Kind of Fix may be the one that really helps them soar, likely due to a slight change in their approach (hence the album title, perhaps?). Indie rock peppered with folk influences has always been the group's MO, especially on 2010's Flaws, which is a somber, acoustic drawl of melancholy-laden arrangements. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the newly found confidence, charm, and creativity found in A Different Kind of Fix makes their previous works feel unsubstantial. They have reached a comfortability level much higher here than before, experimenting with new tempos and energies, sounding more upbeat and fun overall. There are also a few songs presented that are easy to fall back on, a backbone of sorts, that was largely lacking prior. "Shuffle" is a prime example of all the aforementioned criteria, a catchy tune supported by an addicting piano accompaniment which in turn creates something more alluring and (dare I say it?) poppy. Whatever, don't knock it 'til you try it! "Lights Out, Words Gone", "Shuffle", and "Take the Right One" posted below, check it.