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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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on 1 September 2011
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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on 7 January 2014
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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on 30 December 2011
The title of this review might sound like a big and bold statement especially given the plethora of great music that has been released in the past 12 months. Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Noel Gallagher, The Kills, PJ Harvey, The Black Keys, The Vaccines and Miles Kane all stand outs amongst many others releasing brilliant material.

But it is the Bombay Bicycle Club's third outing that sits atop this pile, shining brightly as a beacon of hope against auto-tuned, manufactured chart-topping singles. This record achieves the incredible by forging a sound that has progressed, grown and developed from previous albums and still sounding and keeping what makes them so good in the first place.

Album opener "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep" is a dancey, looped-riff track that builds to an impressive crescendo of pouring vocals and sound. From here we travel through highlights such as the light, boppy and happy "Your Eyes" and the serene "Lights Out, Words Gone". Both are stand-out tracks and brilliantly showcase the ways in which the band has grown since 2009's "I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose".

Other tracks worthy of note are "Beggars" and closer "Still". The former returns to the sound heard in 2010's acoustic "Flaws", whilst the latter is a fantastic way in which to round off the record in melancholy and tender fashion, parading the best of Steadman's identifiable vocals.

No review is complete however without mention of lead single "Shuffle". Not like anything the band had released before, "Shuffle" is a track sung with a face-wide grin and bounciness, the highlight and zenith for "A Different Kind of Fix".

In review, the Bombay Bicycle Club's third album makes them one's to watch and is wholly deserving of both your attention, money and time. Best Album of 2011? I think so!
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on 12 April 2013
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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on 17 August 2013
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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on 29 August 2011
I loved their previous stuff but this is the best album they've made so far! It's pure brilliance. "Still" and "Shuffle" are incredible. The album is perfection.
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on 3 June 2015
Heard them on tv at Glastonbury and instantly became a fan, then saw them live at Reading. An incredible band constantly changing but still keeping their trademark feel - All of their albums so far have been magnificent in their own right, A Different Kind of Fix may just be my favourite. I'm not overly experienced with record quality but it seemed adequate enough.
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on 31 October 2015
Perfect sound quality which is always such a bonus with vinyl, I often find that it doesn't matter how modern it is, it can still sound a bit old - however, this is the exception! great album too, one of my favourite by BBC
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on 28 May 2012
Bombay Bicycle Club have made a big leap with 'A Different Kind of Fix'. 'I Had The Blues...' was very good Indie Rock, but Fix shows how the band have grown, with more versitility and a much more interesting sound. 'Fix' is a proper album and by that i mean all the songs flow together well.

Singles 'Shuffle' and 'Lights Out, Words Gone' showcase how catchy the band can be. Standout tracks 'Leave It' and 'Your Eyes' are dreamy numbers that flow along excellently, the later leading to a ghostly climax. Well done to Lucy Rose who's added vocals are great. While theres some great eerie tracks like 'Bad Timing' and 'What You Want' which are enhanced by Steadman's echoing vocals, the creepy guitars and Suren de Saram's brilliant drumming.

Steadman's voice might not be for everyone, but its unique, while the drumming and prodominant bass helps to make the band different for your average Indie Rock band. Along with 'Skying' by The Horrors this is the best album of 2011 and if they can keep progressing then who knows what heights they can achieve.
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