Album Review: Bombay Bicycle Club – Flaws

By on Monday, 26th July 2010 at 12:00 pm

Ever wish you were an idle college student again? You know the feeling, being a slob by day and socializing the night away, only to discover that crucial term paper was creeping around the dreaded corner? Well, here’s an album that’s so sublimely smooth, it could well be the soundtrack for burning the midnight oil to. For those of us in the working world, it’s equally heavenly.

Dubbed early on in their career as an indie rock band, London-based Bombay Bicycle Club have proved that taking a career U-turn can prove to be very beneficial indeed. In this instance, the band who churned out the rather ambiguous but fairly decent debut, “I Had The Blues, But I Shook Them Loose”, their second LP provides a much more stripped down affair.

Contradictory to what the album title suggests, the overall listening satisfaction that “Flaws” provides is practically impeccable. From the bouncy opener, “Rinse Me Down” to the mellow pop single, “Ivy and Gold”, lead singer Jack Steadman displays a kaleidoscope of emotion, while the minimal instrumentation from the rest of the band produces a 35-minute canvas of ever-changing colors.

What’s so refreshing about this pretty much all-out acoustic album is that it works well, and fits the natural progression of the band. If the band chose to follow in the footsteps of their debut, no doubt many would have slammed it as boring. Here, however, with a plethora of acoustic guitar goodness, “Flaws” is the perfect fit as the band continue their journey in the music industry.

Hands down, Steadman’s unique vocals attribute to the ebb and flow of the 11-track album. From the obvious “There Are Many Ways” to the haunting “My God” to the saccharine filled “Fairytale Lullaby”, the band are clearly sailing on the right seas of success.

Who knows what the band’s third album will bring yet another change in direction. But for now, who really cares? Far be it from a sophomore slump, “Flaws” proves that sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best. Now, students, remember that as you begin to pontificate on any upcoming thesis.

You can order your copy of the album from Amazon now.


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