Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws (Island) 12/07/2010

August 1, 2010 by  

If ever a title was going to leave an album wide open to pun laden critique this would surely be it.

Flaws, Bombay Bicycle Club’s (BBC) follow up to last years ‘I had the Blues But Shook Them’ is a largely acoustic based offering and as a body of work highlights what appears to be a recent sea change in the four piece’s direction.

The transition in sound is somewhat of a surprise and not long into this album it is evident that had 2009’s effort been inspired by Bombay, it would not be difficult to imagine that their follow up would have taken inspiration from a move north to the tranquillity of the Himalayas.

Kicking off with ‘Rinse Me Down‘, a track with more hooks than your local tackle shop, you’re soon left fumbling around for the repeat button and wondering how such a chameleon type transition has happened in a short space of time.

Single ‘Ivy & Gold’, a stand out track, which has recently helped the Crouch End four piece to jemmy their way into Radio One’s ‘A’ list possesses all the credentials that makes a tune perfect for summer. The song is irritatingly catchy drawing ‘nu-folk’ comparisons but stopping well short of a reference beginning with the word ‘Mumford’.

Towards the end of the album ‘My God’ is dark for an acoustic effort and serves to highlight the fact that the simplicity of the ‘new’ BBC should not conflict with the band’s ability to grab the audience’s ear. Other stand out track ‘Swansea’ makes you wonder whether Jack Steadman and Co. may have had time to nip down the Autobahn to see Kraftwerk for inspiration during takes.

Despite the fact that the quartet may well still be finding their place to live as a band, Bombay Bicycle Club already offer an intelligence and a maturity in their song writing that many bands can only aspire to achieve. Perhaps more importantly Flaws emphasises the fact that Bombay Bicycle Club are relevant, in fact as relevant as the other BBC’s six o’clock news.

Give this one a go.

[rating:4]


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