Bombay Bicycle Club
So Long, See You Tomorrow


4.0
excellent

Review

by Major Tom CONTRIBUTOR (139 Reviews)
February 5th, 2014 | 39 replies | 6,740 views


Release Date: 02/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And i can't say no, not until i reap the seeds i sow

Bombay Bicycle Club have blossomed considerably in the few years since their 2009 debut. Blooming early in 2014, So Long, See You Tomorrow is a fresh, vibrant album that sees the group confidently diving into a highly melodic electronic sound. Gone are the spunky guitars of yesteryear making way for electronic sounds – be they quirky synthesiser bleeps or propulsive bass beats. ‘Overdone’ is a superb opener, glistening and bounding into life graciously with a dramatic composition. It sounds like a bright sunny day welcoming itself into the world and serves as the perfect doormat to an equally bright and sunny album.

So Long… features a number of tracks that are buoyant and optimistic in addition to other songs which are more intimate and sincere, but all are driven by vibrant rhythms and Jack Steadman’s sugary sweet vocals. Third single ‘Luna’ gallops along on its skittish rhythm, laid back infectious vocal hooks and nice interplay between male and female vocals; it couldn’t be more colourful and pleasant if it tried. Meanwhile, ‘Carry Me’ presents a more moody approach but doesn’t neglect melody with its stabbing electronic percussion. The track demonstrates a wonderful tactic which Bombay Bicycle Club have mastered on this LP - the build up to a cathartic release of sound and melody. When the chants of ‘You carry, you carry, you carry, you carry me’ arrive halfway through the song explodes and washes over the listener in a wave of addictive melody. Other tracks also employ this tantalising tactic – ‘Whenever, Wherever’ builds from a somber piano opening to dance-inflected drums and optimistic chants of the title midway through, before winding back down to close in the same manner it opened with, whilst ‘Eyes Off You’ and the title track build for several minutes before revealing their hand.

What the album is in simple terms, however, is a collection of bright, colourful melodic indie pop tunes, and it shines strongly on such a promise. ‘It’s Alright Now’ warmly floats by like a summer cloud; ‘Home by Now’ features a laid back R&B groove and silky smooth vocals, whist ‘Come To’ begins with one of the scant intrusions of electric guitar before collapsing into a quirky synth led gem. ‘Feel’ has an eastern feel to its melody and works but ultimately feels less free and fluid than its companions, and the title track which closes the album takes too long to reach its climax to suspend it as high as the rest. But ultimately So Long, See You Tomorrow is a triumph in the style it attempts. In the cold rainy months before spring you’d be hard pressed to find a more optimistic, colourful, vibrant and fun indie pop record to guide you towards warmer days.

Highlights: Overdone, Carry Me, Luna, Home By Now, Come To



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
February 5th 2014


12181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, bad ass album

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WePartWays
February 5th 2014


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet review. Gonna review this one as well, it's really good.

Pheromone
February 5th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bet the album sucks

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Hopelust
February 5th 2014


1006 Comments


I'm skeptical about this. A different kind of fix was pretty awesome, and if they've gotten rid of the guitars, I don't know how that will fare for them.

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, really digging this album, not a bad track on it

Review also at: http://altrvw.me/1fRAWD2

SpritzSpritz
February 5th 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this fucking rules.

larrytheslug
February 5th 2014


1315 Comments


is this good indie pop, or meh indiepoop?

good review ;]

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, and it's good indie pop, as i hope my review indicated ha.

Calc
February 5th 2014


12181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what a weird question..

avonbarksdale221
February 5th 2014


8227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review. Gonna jam this, carry me is an absolute banger.

tommygun
February 5th 2014


24906 Comments


nice tom, pos

surely you're a shoo-in for contrib

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Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@avonbarksdale221 - Thanks, i love that track too, probably the best on here but it has a lot of competition.

@tommygun - Thanks man, i hope so, first time i've applied but i've been here long enough

avonbarksdale221
February 5th 2014


8227 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this is easily contrib worthy

SpritzSpritz
February 6th 2014


528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is some of the best indie pop i have probably ever heard after 3-4 listens. kinda can't wait until it's spring to jam this.

brandontaylor
February 7th 2014


77 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dk how this album will stack up against their debut and a different kind of fix after a few weeks of listening, but its definitely very good. great review too

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 7th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man

Pheromone
February 8th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

actually decided to give it a listen; Not actually as bad as I expected

Gyromania
February 12th 2014


15679 Comments


glad to hear this is good; i loved their last album.

congrats on the promotion, my friend. it's been a long time coming

Tom93M
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2014


1106 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks gyro : )

Pheromone
February 13th 2014


3500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First half is so strong compared to the second



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