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Bombay Bicycle Club-So Long, See You Tomorrow

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London’s’ Bombay Bicycle Club have gradually risen from the smallest font of festival line-ups to this, their first UK number one album. Their slow, hard-earned success is a comforting reminder of not only the importance of hard work and patience, but reminds us that innovation and challenging yourself can reap big rewards. Thus far, each of Bombay’s albums has been their best yet and the group have developed so much that they truly sound like a different band today on their fourth album than the one who released the so-so debut “I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose”. “So Long, See You Tomorrow” is Bombay’s first album as contenders and they admirably continue to push themselves throughout.

The album starts in usual Bombay fashion, fluid, jangly indie with just enough worldly influences and flourishes to rise above the status of enjoyable background music. It is in the middle third of the album that things really take off. Lead single “Carry Me” grabs the listener by the neck and achieves the feat of being both the catchiest song on the album, and also the most different and unique. It gives the album a much needed shot in the arm without sounding forced or out of place. Tracks like “Luna” have a big and exciting sound that the first part of the album, while likable, lacks.

The rest of the album does a decent jump to maintain this burst of energy, “Feel” being a particular highlight, however much of the albums closing tracks make you nostalgic for the excitement that preceded it. Still, Bombay on auto-pilot is still better than most bands best output and so one can’t help but be continuously engaged by even their softest flourishes on songs such as “Come To”.

Overall, this is another solid and occasionally spectacular addition to Bombay Bicycle Club’s increasingly impressive canon. They may never inspire enough to ever become festival headliners, but Bombay have proven themselves to be a restlessly motivated act and one of the most consistent acts working today.

Ryan Foynes

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