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Hot Dog Jumping Frog Alber-Bombay
on 7 September 2011
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 enough to build upon a growing fan base...
Steadman and Co's distinctive sounding vocals and guitars shine on tracks such as 'Bad Timing' or 'What you Want' exhibiting cool exciting chord progressions in keeping with the first album. However, equally this time around, there are lesser and somewhat cliched moments like the jaunty radio-friendly 'Shuffle' that has a rather contentious twee-ness factor built-in. The song construction also steers towards the styles of others bands. 'Still' for example resembles a Thom Yorke a la Radiohead piano classic. This fact taken alone detracts from the crafted arc of distinctive experimentation one might have hoped for IMHO and possibly lowered raised expectations.
If 'I Had The Blues...' had the cool-surf vibe with a great white bulge of catchy riffs and 'Flaws' is achingly reflective and sensitive, then 'Fix' is M.O.R quirky catchiness reminiscent of Prefab Sprout. Jack Steadman even makes a passing resemblance to the younger 80s bard (minus white beard) if you squint hard enough!
As much as it pains me to say at this moment Two Door Cinema Club's stuff is slightly more ear-wormery catchier from another up and coming kids-in-nappies British band. Which one is destined for greatness is hard to say..?