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Flaws [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition]

Bombay Bicycle Club Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B003PPD8MO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rinse Me Down
2. Many Ways
3. Dust On The Ground
4. Ivy & Gold
5. Leaving Blues
6. Fairytale Lullaby
7. Word By Word
8. Jewel
9. My God
10. Flaws
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introduction To Acoustic Videos
2. Rinse Me Down (Video)
3. Many Ways (Video)
4. Dust On The Ground (Video)
5. Ivy & Gold (Video)
6. Leaving Blues (Video)
7. Fairytale Lullaby (Video)
8. Word By Word (Video)
9. Jewel (Video)
10. My God (Video)
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Product Description

BBC Review

There was a vogue last year for second albums that were markedly different to the artists in question's debuts. Jack Penate, The Maccabees and The Horrors all changed direction, and mostly for the better. The latter in particular earned praise for their about-turn, from mediocre goth-rock to a tantalising blend of krautrock and post-My Bloody Valentine drone.

Bombay Bicycle Club–BBC to their friends–have arguably effected the most radical volte-face of all. Their first album, 2009's I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose, was promising indie noise-pop, also bearing a pleasing MBV influence. Right at the end of the album, though, there was a relatively pared-down piece of poignant acoustica called "The Giantess" that, little did we know, pointed the way towards their second release.

Flaws, co-produced by guitarist/backing vocalist Jamie MacColl's dad Neil (brother of Kirsty, son of folkie Ewan) and mainman Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar, xylophone, banjo), is almost entirely acoustic, whether it's the original material or the covers–there's a version of John Martyn's "Fairytale Lullaby", while Swansea features lyrics from the Joanna Newsom track of the same name. Deeper investigation of BBC's catalogue will reveal that their single B sides were often acoustic, but still, hearing a whole album of folk, blues and country-inflected ballads (apparently inspired by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music) from the NME's Best New Band of 2010 still feels quite odd.

Even the faster numbers are steeped in traditional music. On opener "Rinse Me Down" and second track "Many Ways", the rhythms are gently skittering, like rustic drum'n'bass played by early 20th century farm hands. Steadman's vocal stands out–its tremulous quality may be a hangover from, as the story goes, embarrassment at being overheard singing as a kid, but it heightens the sense of an authentically troubled spirit exorcising his demons in the quietly devastating manner of a Nick Drake. On "My God" his voice is disconcertingly double-tracked, as though haunted by his ghostly twin. "Dust on the Ground" is perhaps most striking, not least because it is a folk rendition of a track from that debut album that proves how abrupt this change of direction was, not to mention how adaptable Steadman's melodies are.

--Paul Lester

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CD Description

Flaws marks a significant change of direction from Bombay Bicycle Club's debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose. Recorded in between touring overa year and a half after finishing their debut record, much of Flaws was recorded in singer Jack Steadman's bedroom and produced by Jack himself. This collection of stripped-down acoustic folk songs shows a completely different side to the band, with influences from the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nick Drake. The album includes title track "Flaws" (a duet with Lucy Rose) and the single "Ivy & Gold".

This deluxe edition also includes a DVD featuring a video for each of the 11 tracks on the album.

Customer Reviews

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant 12 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
First of all, let me say that this album is very different from the first but brilliantly so.

The acoustic sounds running throughout give it a beautifully relaxed and chilled feel with the lyrics and melodies just flowing. There is no single weak song on the album with my favourite being 'Fairytale Lullaby.'

I've read the previous review saying how different it is to the first and I agree but I only see this as a positive thing. The band have clearly tried something new and aren't going for the normal same Indie kind of approach. I loved their first album and I love this one too.

I would recommend it highly.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unflawed Little Gems 17 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
It's hard not to like Bombay Bicycle Club. I retain a strong
affection for their 2009 debut 'I Had The Blues but I shook Them
Loose'. It was a confident and thoroughly enjoyable first showing.

Their new album 'Flaws' follows closely in its footsteps and is
destined to be one of the year's unassuming lo-fi highlights.
There are eleven songs in the collection (two of them not their own)
which creep up on you quietly and make their mark without resort to
fanciful gestures and unnecessary braggadocio.
Simple music; simply performed; simply lovely.

Jack Steadman's gentle vibrato is still present and correct.
His voice defines the band's sound . Warm, nicely wobbly
and with the capacity to make us sit up, listen and feel
something nice going on inside ourselves.

There are some truly lovely songs here.

'Leaving Blues' is one of the loveliest of them. A magical
folk-tinged ballad shot though with gentle harmonies and a
plaintive and affecting vocal performance from Mr Steadman.
Loss and longing have rarely been so well articulated.

Opening track 'Rinse Me Down' is another fine composition.
The splendid guitar interplay and economical percussion propel
the arrangement forward with laconically upbeat determination.
The melody works its way into memory after a couple of listens
and won't go away. (I found myself humming it on more than one
occasion this week).

For my money, however, the stunning 'Many Ways' is the album's
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking 6 July 2012
By Chloe
Format:Audio CD
An album that compliments every mood, literally flawless. Whether im in the bath, getting ready for work or a party it truly is beautifully charming!
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this album 8 Jun 2012
By joe
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
acoustic loveliness. I like Sun Kil Moon, Red House Painters, Fionn Reegan, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and this sits with this new folk nicely - my fist listen was cycling down country lanes in Cornwall - beautiful to be alive and listen to it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars grows on you 19 Jan 2014
By F1do
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Like this more and more with listening.. Interesting vocals, mellow sound, have now bought all BBC albums .. I would highly recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different 12 May 2013
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Beautiful album! Great one for the summer and for listening to in the car or to have in the background of a BBQ. Really fun and beautiful stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Acoustic LP 20 Mar 2013
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This album includes 11 acoustically recorded tracks. This is a must have LP for Bombay Bicycle Club fans. There are a few covers within the album.
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Been following the BBC for a while and have all the material I can find of them. This is an excellent second album, although the band themselves considered it more of a side project. Truly relaxing music and some ingenious guitar compositions. Fast delivery with some good packaging.
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