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In my humble opinion, A Different Kind Of Fix (2011) and So Long, See You Tomorrow (2014) are the two best Bombay Bicycle Club albums; both equally brilliant. It was after these that the chaps decided to take a hiatus in 2016. Having dabbled in some solo affairs for a few years, the boys are back together again for a new album: Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Big things are anticipated, as one might expect, and the band have shown no signs of rust or creative block, with the utterly euphoric lead single ‘Eat. Sleep. Wake (Nothing But You)’ being one of the standout tracks of 2019. Everything Has Gone Wrong is available in a limited double vinyl LP edition, housed in a heavyweight gatefold sleeve, or standard black vinyl LP.
Released: January 2020 Cat: 827601 Label: Caroline
1. Get Up 2. Is It Real 3. Everything Else Has Gone Wrong 4. I Can Hardly Speak 5. Good Day 6. Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) 7. I Worry Bout You 8. People People 9. Do You Feel Loved? 10. Let You Go 11. Racing Stripes
There is an EP’s worth of material here but as an LP Everything is exposed as distinctly average.
Bombay Bicycle Club fans rejoiced in 2019 when news broke of a new album in the offing – this after the band were put on ice “indefinitely” in 2014. Having freshened up their respective palettes with some solo work, the foursome reunited to tour the tenth anniversary of debut album I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose. Recording new material soon ensued and – here we are – album number five.
The early signs had been impressive. Lead track ‘Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)’ was essentially unsurpassable as the best indie-pop song of 2019. It instantly reminded fans of why we loved and missed them so dearly and of their knack for an indie song so sickly sweet it would impress even the girlfriend who always totally hates on your music choices! We yearned for more of the same. Alas, the end result is not as rich and lovely as one hoped and I, for one, have found Everything a little bland.
There are some good moments; the title track is a warm and earnest indie-lite number, while 'I Can Hardly Speak’ is an airy and bold Big Countryesque pop song. ‘People People’, which features the wonderful indie singer-songwriter Liz Lawrence, is as close as we get to another gem.
But for every middling-good track there are twice as many that are sub-par and the album suffers significantly for it. The jerky and off-kilter ‘I Worry Bout You’ is a track that even Friendly Fires would have cut from their own recent comeback fiasco. ‘Do You Feel Loved’ and album closer ‘Racing Stripes’ don’t stir anything inside the listener – they're just... there … existing quietly in the background. There is an EP’s worth of material here but as an LP Everything is exposed as distinctly average.