Bombay Bicycle Club | Flaws

Island (2010)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  December 7, 2010
2.0 2.0 Stars

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London's Bombay Bicycle Club here take a Brit-folk cue from Mumford & Sons, sharing both the genre and some of the achy-breaky harmonies of the more popular band. To be more precise: this collection of low-key yet artfully composed tunes posits the BBC as Britain's answer to Iron and Wine. And if "Rinse Me Down" is any indication, they've proved they can go the folk route and meld layered acoustic-guitar arpeggios, whispery harmonies, and light-handed drumming to create what could be a modern-day JJ72. These lads don't change their sonic structure or pacing much, but they do offer the up-tempo "Ivy and Gold," which might win a few converts. And if it's hollow, wavery vocals that push your button, the wistful — nay, melancholy — "Word by Word" provides a great, albeit plucked, vehicle for singer Jack Steadman and his Kermit the Frog–like pipes. Still, like the lovable Muppet, Flaws is just a little too green to have any major impact.

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