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.

Lights Out, Words Gone


Take the Right One

A best of weekends to everyone.  See ya next week.

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