Bombay Bicycle Club – SO LONG, SEE YOU TOMORROW
SO LONG, SEE YOU TOMORROW, Bombay Bicycle Club’s fourth album, could be considered a follow-up to the band’s second album FLAWS with pianos and various other keyboards replacing the acoustic guitars. This is a much bigger album than FLAWS in scale though with epic emotional performances on the level of their third album A DIFFERENT KIND OF FIX. A very good record from a band who only seems to be sustaining their inspiration.
Maximo Park – TOO MUCH INFORMATION
I have written before that I consider Maximo Park’s first album A CERTAIN TRIGGER to be one of the best records of the last ten or even 15 years. Haven’t changed my opinion on that even though their fifth album TOO MUCH INFORMATION is a mixed bag. INFORMATION contains a number of good tunes (Lydia, The Ink Will Never Dry, Her Name Was Audre, Drinking Martinis) but also some clunkers. Generally, the faster tunes are better than the slower tunes. The up and down recording career of Maximo Park continues.
Arthur Beatrice – WORKING OUT
On their debut WORKING OUT, Arthur Beatrice stakes out a vast musical territory between the overly sensitive semi-acoustic hipster pop of today and a powerful, moody, and gorgeous Prefab Sprout influence from the 1980’s and 90’s. The second one is bigger here. Favorite touch – How the vocals of Orlando Leopard and Ella Girardot interplay with each other. An enjoyable debut.