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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Onward and Upward
I found much to admire in BBC's 2010 album 'Flaws' and their new release
'A Different Kind Of Fix' delivers yet another laudable compilation. The
largely acoustic ambience of 'Flaws' is substantially swept away in this
collection of twelve new compositions. There is a harder, denser more
abrasive sound in evidence here which looks back to their 2009...
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by The Wolf

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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot Dog Jumping Frog Alber-Bombay
If 'Flaws' was Bombay Bicycle Club's well delivered difficult but subtly brilliant second album foregrounding the charmingly talented Lucy Rose - certainly it might have been for the Ivor Novello Awards - then 'Fix' is sure to become the commercially successful third album. However to my ears there is nothing here too adventurous compared with earlier material, but steady...
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Joseph Augustine


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Onward and Upward, 30 Aug 2011
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This review is from: A Different Kind Of Fix (Audio CD)
I found much to admire in BBC's 2010 album 'Flaws' and their new release
'A Different Kind Of Fix' delivers yet another laudable compilation. The
largely acoustic ambience of 'Flaws' is substantially swept away in this
collection of twelve new compositions. There is a harder, denser more
abrasive sound in evidence here which looks back to their 2009 debut
'I Had The blues and I Shook Them Loose'. A bold and powerful next step.

Front man Jack Steadman still stands firm on the prow, face to the wind,
keeping the boat steadily on course and coasting over the towering waves.
The music is built for large venues. There is an epic quality creeping into
their writing which suits them well but the strong sense of tunefulness
which has always defined their best work remains intact. Indubitably so.

Things kick off in fine style with opening track 'How Can You Swallow So
Much Sleep'; the gentle dreamy introduction quickly giving way to a fine
driving anthem. Suren de Saram's energetic drums and the intertwining guitars
support a quasi-folksy vocal from Mr Steadman. Around and around it goes.
'Bad Timing' and the splendid 'Your Eyes' keep the pace going until the
perfectly lovely song 'Lights Out, Words Gone' brings things down a tad and
proves to be one of the band's most affecting and memorable performances.
The vocal harmonies are beautifully crafted. A song to be very proud of.
So too with 'Fracture', an echoing lament which tugs at the heartstrings.

It is to final track 'Still', however, which we must turn to hear the album's
very finest moment. A stunning and very moving arrangement for voice and
piano which shows off Mr Steadman's distinctive falsetto at its best.
A haunting and close-to-sublime conclusion to a commendable five star project.

From strength to strength; ever onward and upward, BBC are close to becoming
one of England's national treasures. Don't let the experience pass you by.

Highly Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect., 1 Sep 2011
This review is from: A Different Kind Of Fix (Audio CD)
This is such a fantastic album. I personally think it tops Flaws and I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose. It is pretty different to both albums, but some songs have roots from both albums and you can definitely tell it is a BBC album.

Personal highlights are the fantastic 'Your Eyes' which is a song that definitely goes back to 'I had the Blues...' but with a slightly heavier riff than older songs.
'Beggars' is a song that will be compared to songs from 'Flaws' but it is very different, combining the acoustic and electric.
My favourite song though is 'Still'. Jack Steadman's voice is simply superb in this song and his lyrics are fantastic. It is such a beautiful way to end the album and leaves you wanting more.

Ed Nash's bass lines are unusually catchy, especially in the wonderful single 'Shuffle'.

Lucy Rose comes into this album (she sang in the title song of 'Flaws') and appears in around half of the songs and is such a fantastic addition with her beautiful voice, particularly in 'Lights Out, Words Gone'.

Suren De Saram is a brilliant drummer. A Different Kind of Fix doesn't have as catchy beats as in 'I had the Blues...' but he is still very inventive and shows how good of a drummer he is.

Jamie Maccoll's rhythm guitar gives all songs a nice flow and his backing vocals are perfect.

As previously mentioned, frontman Jack Steadman is a wonderful lyricist and a fantastic singer.

Overall, this is a brilliant album and you shouldn't hesitate in buying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The talented British Alternative/Indie-Rock band's exciting third album, 7 Jan 2014
This review is from: A Different Kind Of Fix (Audio CD)
British quartet Bombay Bicycle Club are proof that you don't need even a modestly successful hit single to enjoy a hit album. Despite the fact that none of its five singles became hits, A Different Kind Of Fix reached No. 6 on the U.K. Chart solely on the strength of favorable reviews and the popularity of the band's previous full-length release, 2010's Flaws (U.K. No. 8), which didn't contain a hit single, either.
A Different Kind Of Fix is a thrillingly creative, refreshingly playful album which provides ample evidence that modern music doesn't have to be predictable or mediocre to become popular with record buyers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album, 17 Aug 2013
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They seem to have got a lot stick for changing their sound but this is still a good album and is worth a buy/listen.
Really its a 3.5 out of 5 for me for every song I like there another that doesn't interest me as much.

I suggest making your own mind up
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly Beautiful :), 12 April 2013
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Building a gentle, hooky pop song over a looping, dance-inducing piano sample, it's, like all the best late-summer sounds, 75% exuberant and 25% melancholy.
Its almost like this album represents Bombay Bicycle Club finding themselves - their own unique sound, because if you haven't already listened to them - they truly sound like no other. The acoustic plucking and Jack's vulnerable warbling is familiar to previous sounds however this time it perhaps stumbles happily onto something not a million miles away from soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fix you need!, 4 Jan 2012
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This CD is amazing. An outstanding purchase for a lover of Indie music, these guys will blow you away. 'Leave It', 'Shuffle' and 'Your Eyes' are incredibly addictive!
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5.0 out of 5 stars top album, 29 April 2014
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fast and quick service ,spot on,and a great album,if you have not seen them live you must
many thanks jeff
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5.0 out of 5 stars fixed it for me, 1 Sep 2013
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I bought this album after hearing tracks on the radio, it great for those moments when you need light hearted music moments. This album makes you happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present, 28 July 2013
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Much better value than getting it in HMV! It was a birthday present for my daughter except she'd let more than one person know she wanted it - no problem though as the other person was able to get a refund.
Good price, good quality from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant chilled album, 2 April 2013
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First came across Bombay Bicycle Club at Glastonbury 2009 and didn’t get any of their earlier albums (not sure why...). This album is great and very easy listening. I do not get bored and suggest people give it a go.
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