We’ve been enjoying this tuneful album from the Bristol five-piece, which is up there with a couple of other classy rock/pop albums we’ve had this year (notably Breton’s excellent War Room Stories).
For bands you might have heard of, Bombay Bicycle Club’s effortless and pleasing sound is a good benchmark. Trademark sounds are falsetto vocals and swoony harmony, while sounding cool; a number of the tracks sound like Jamie xx could do an excellent remix. The Ramona Flowers say that song and melody are the key to their songs, and they have the skill of touching the listener’s emotions; some bands have nice tunes that just sit there.
Opener Tokyo starts with a woopy zoopy electronic intro that sounds like some post-Britpop band; Brighter starts off in similar vein before turning into an airy pop tune, the sort of music a youthful hero in an open top car drives away to in a John Hughes movie. The title track is a pleasant crowd-pleaser with a big chorus.
Standouts include Lust And Lies and Skeleton Key. It’s a nice little album: they’re not breaking new ground and sometimes the genre hopping is a little unnecessary but it’s pleasant to listen to.