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  • Audio CD (6 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B002BDU8YM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Bombay Bicycle Club release their astonishing debut album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose (recorded by long-term producer Jim Abbiss), a beautifully literate and ambitious debut. From the dizzying My Bloody Valentine/M83 swoops and morning-after ruefulness of the LP’s opening song to the open-tuned, Appalachian folk feel of the record’s closing track, the album thrums with subtle invention and quiet emotional intensity. Fans of Bloc Party, Broken Social Scene and Bon Iver--or any mildly sensitive soul with a fondness for ricocheting guitar chords --will be utterly beguiled. Indie rock rarely gets to enjoy its innocence these days, but Bombay Bicycle Club know that’s exactly what makes it precious.

This limited edition version comes in a special digipack case.

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Format: Audio CD
I remember these guys opening V Festival in 2006 after winning the Road to V competition, but it wasn't until 'Always Like This' was highlighted in Metro's singles of the week (with the review 'if you don't dance to this, you have no feet') that I checked them out again. Very glad I did - apart from the aforementioned single and debut single 'Evening/Morning' (both with incredible riffs), there are some truly standout classics here, including 'Lamplight', 'Magnet' and near-anthemic 'What If'. Overall, it's a remarkably polished effort for a debut, and from a band so young. Now they've won NME's Best New Band Award - previously won by MGMT, Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, The Libertines, Coldplay, Muse, and The Strokes - it's definitely worth checking them out sooner rather than later.
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Loving this lately - probably my favourite album of 2009 (only maybe The XX can top it) for this ageing listener. The vocalist is a bit of an acquired taste but other than that this does some pretty inventive things within the potentially stale indie rock field. Reminds me of British Sea Power (without the delightfully strange lyrics) more than anybody else. Nice unfussy production lets the music shine through. Highly recommended.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 July 2009
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A strong and tasty debut from Crouch End's finest sons.
A very much more than competent little rock band.

'I Had The Blues but I Shook Them Loose' is a collection
of twelve made-to-measure, energetic and charismatic songs.

Messrs Steadman (Guitar/Lead Vocals), MacColl (Guitar/Vocals),
de Saram (Drums) and Nash (Bass/Keyboards) have created some
powerfully individual material from a relatively simple formula.

Mr Steadman's somewhat curious vibrato gives the band its
distinctive quality. It is a quirky but expressive instrument.

The dark chords and driving percussion of 'Dust On The Ground'
is a particularly striking composition. The guitar and synth
embellishments are moodily effective.

Mr Steadman is at his wobbly best on the lop-sided 'Ghost'.
A very strange but strangely satisfying composition.

Heck for a first outing this is all good stuff!

'Cancel On Me' is a particular favorite. A tight little
ensemble piece. No heroes or heroics. Just good team work.

Final track 'The Giantess' is so wonderfully weird I would
have paid the money to have this one track on its own.
The splintered and cranky accoustic arrangement is a brave
choice with which to conclude their first release.
It breaks the mould of its predecessors and points the
way to potentially interesting developments in the future.

That future is already looking bright.

Recommended
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Short Review:
Its awesome, please do yourself a favor get it!! I've listened to it loads over the past few months because it sounds great and it never gets boring.

Long Review:
These guys are getting more and more popular and for this I am glad. I've really enjoyed listening to this album, it grows on you after just one listen and is something you can listen to anytime. I only bought it by chance as I'd heard of them a few times through Radio 1 and the Radio 1 Big Weekend Introducing Stage, and it was a great investment. With this as their debut album, packed with awesome musical creativity and talent, BBC (Bombay Bicycle Club) have set the bar high. This album doesn't consist of just a few great tracks with some filler tracks, every track is worth playing alone but the album should definatley be played all the way through.

The band members are: Jack Steadman (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Jamie MacColl (Lead guitar, Bass, Vocals), Ed Nash (Bass, Keyboards) and Suren de Saram (Drums).

Stand out track: To be honest it is very hard to chose one as they all stand out. In this case I'll choose two.

1. Magnet - The intro has a cool guitar riff and the chorus is amazing, its colourful, full of energy and has a beautiful winding sound accompanied by lead singer Steadman's unique voice, singing 'We took the back-seat, everyone way ha-ppy'. Very summery. The track finishes with a low-fi, low-tempo instrumental.

2. Always Like This - A great song to play on guitar/bass with the cool riff repeating and great chord play between the two guitars. Also a cool funky one to dance to.

This is a fun, catchy, uplifting and sometimes euphoric record, which would be great for those evenings in the company of friends. If you appreciate 'proper' music this is one for your music collection.
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When The Strokes arrived on our beaches eight years ago they came soaked in original indie Old Spice; jaggedy songs played by skinny jeans and smelly second hand leather jackets beamed to the noughties direct from their 70's inspired late 80's heyday.
Bombay Bicycle Club seem to have popped into reality from the same ultra-cool wormhole; looking impossibly young and sounding as fresh as only the impossibly young can sound. Jack Steadman has a voice that will - like Dave Gedge and Morrissey before him - alienate some and impassion others, but it absolutely suits BBC's sound; original but with a taste of the old masters (to these ears Television, Joy Division, Blur, Arcade Fire and - on occasion - even Aphex Twin). "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose" is a perfect album in that it is almost impossible to single out specific tracks as they exist as a whole...no fillers and each a potential highlight in their own right. Joyous and melancholy...I think I've fallen in love.
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