The Edge’s Top 10 Albums of 2014: #3

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Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Released February 3rd 2014, Island Records.

Number three in our countdown comes from British indie-rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, and their fourth album, So Long, See You Tomorrow. Named after the William Maxwell novel of the same name, the record soared to the top of the UK album charts and in September was nominated for the Barclay Mercury Prize. The production by front man Jack Steadman and the vibrant influence of world music lead to the record being a step away from the bands usual sound.

Statistics:

  • 17% of contributors included the album in their top 10.
  • Of that 60% of the contributors included it in their top 3.
  • 2 contributors ranked the album #1.

Steadman’s production on this album shows his maturity and development as a multitalented musician. The influence of his travels through India are prevalent throughout the album and give it a unique element, complemented with the euphoric vocals of both Lucy Rose and up-and-coming artist Rae Morris.”
– Henna Patel, Head of Publicity, ranked the album #2

“A noticeable, but never jarring development in BBC’s sound which elevated them beyond even the impressive heights of their own back catalogue.”
– Anonymous, ranked the album #5

“My favourite album of the year has to be So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club. As a huge fan of theirs that felt that their full potential hadn’t been realised since their debut, their newest release was exactly what was needed to revive my faith in the band. The production is tight and clean, and the instrumentation gives this album a unique and consistent soundscape. The two big singles, ‘Carry Me’ and ‘Luna’ are obvious highlights but personal favourites include the opener ‘Overdone’ for its infectious post-chorus guitar riff, and ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ for the gradual crescendo that explodes into the album’s grand finale. This is their greatest work since I Had The Blues and arguably surpasses it.”
– Angelo Bridger, writer, ranked the album #1

Other accolades:

  • 2014 Mercury Music Prize nominee
  • Ranked #22 in XFM’s ’50 Best Albums of 2014′ list.

 

 

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