After an uncharacteristically long absence of 2 years, Bombay Bicycle Club return with a rapturously-acclaimed 4th album – ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’. The LP’s guest roster includes both Rae Morris, as well as past collaborator and friend – Lucy Rose. The album is not too dissimilar from ‘A Different Kind of Fix’ – it’s not as guitar-orientated and nowhere near as acoustically inclined as their second.
The album starts boldly with a newfangled sound coming from ‘Overdone’ before effortlessly slipping into the richly textured – “It’s Alright now”. Their use of multiply layered vocal components displays a great maturity within their sound – a mere 5 years on from their breakthrough. ‘It’s Alright Now’ was one of just 3 previously heard records along with the singles ‘Luna’ and ‘Carry Me'; the latter of which follows as track number 3. Whilst the majority of their records are uptempo and light-hearted, there is room for the slower ‘Eyes Off You’ – featuring Lucy Rose, a trait that has become synchronous with the bands second and third album; it serves its purpose to break the flow and avoid homogenisation. There are elements of R&B in ‘Home By Now’ – a genre previously unvisited by the band – the effect produces a positive outcome and I only say this because it’s a territory that many others have gone astray with in the past. Album finisher and title track, ‘So Long See You Tomorrow’ , which at first seems slow and marauding, quickly builds and evolves into the crashing end that the album truly deserves – with Rae Morris smoothly taking over the vocal duties of Jack Steadman.
They have described their fourth album as being influenced by world music; most notably through samples acquired by lead singer Jack Steadman, whilst travelling through Japan and India. The samples are largely discernable in ‘Luna’, ‘Feel’ as well as the opener – ‘Overdone’ and the records flow well into each other tieing the LP into a single creation rather than a paltry collection of songs.
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