Bombay Bicycle Club – I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
August 15, 2009
UK based band Bombay Bicycle Club is the sort of shape shifting band that’s been characterizing a good portion of the modern rock released so far this first decade of the 21st century. Their sound on I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose is a frequently inspired collision between late 70’s and early 80’s New Wave guitar rock (Joy Division, early Sonic Youth), some 90’s rock and pop (The Beautiful South) and freak folk (Devendra Banhart), with a bit of ska and electronica thrown in as well. If I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose doesn’t always sound cohesive, it still does have some good tunes, tracks like “Evening/Morning,” “Dust On The Ground,” “Magnet” and “What If.” Bombay Bicycle Club may not yet have their own distinctive sound, but they borrow from some good sources, and the result is an appealing, listenable debut.