A Different Kind of Fix

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  • Summary: The third album for the British rock band was produced by Ben Allen, along with contributions from Jim Abbiss and Jack Steadman.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. It is all-at-once beautiful, infectious, impressive and brilliant.
  2. Enough talk about reinventions, this is more of an evolution. On A Different Kind Of Fix, Bombay Bicycle Club have, quite simply, found themselves.
  3. 80
    They now dart in yet another direction, devising a shuffling indie-dance style that recalls variously the infectious syncopations of Talking Heads, the baggy grooves of Happy Mondays and the campfire psychedelia of Animal Collective, but somehow manages to sound homogenously all of a piece.
  4. Sep 22, 2011
    80
    This album is a great one, and proof that the band are able and willing to develop and grow their music.
  5. Jan 19, 2012
    71
    Perhaps its only offending quality is that it's utterly inoffensive; it's likable and overwhelmingly pleasant.
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    While the songs are wildly improved, I still can't say there's much of a discernible identity.
  7. Aug 24, 2011
    60
    A Different Kind Of Fix is an evolution of baby steps for Bombay Bicycle Club and one which will leave you wondering if Jack Steadman and co are ever going to burst into full bloom.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    Bombay Bicycle Club really delivers with A Different Kind of Fix, which truly lives up to its name. It offers a musical style found nowhereBombay Bicycle Club really delivers with A Different Kind of Fix, which truly lives up to its name. It offers a musical style found nowhere else, with catchy tunes, fantastic instrumentation, tasteful electronic manipulation, and some of the coolest bass riffs you'll ever hear. When I first listened to this album I was skeptical, but upon further listens it proved to be one of my all-time favorites. It offers captivating indie pop with songs like Shuffle, and truly diverse and fresh new style with songs like Favorite Day or Lights Out, Words Gone. This album goes to prove that you can still make great music without going all-electronic and caving into the pop scene. I also am in love with their bass riffs. I really love this album, and I'd highly recommend it. Expand
  2. Sep 29, 2015
    8
    For me 2011 was a decent year for music. PJ Harvey bought out a cracker in "Let England Shake". Bon Iver released a sparkling debut with "ForFor me 2011 was a decent year for music. PJ Harvey bought out a cracker in "Let England Shake". Bon Iver released a sparkling debut with "For Emma, Forever ago.." while Fleet Foxes pitched in with their excellent second record "Helplessness Blues". "A Different Kind of Fix" is up their with these. The record is laced with melodies and has a nice chilled vibe to it. Musically it's excellently written, the songs are well thought out and perfectly structured. The production on the record is also really strong. "Lights Out, Words Gone", is a microcosm of the album. Although it is a very catchy album, it is a record that you have to pay close attention to rather than have on in the background in order to fully appreciate it. "Take the right one" sounds like Jonsi/Sigur Ros collaborating with The Stone Roses and is a particular highlight. A great album and represents Bombay Bicycle Club at the height of their powers. Expand
  3. Jan 19, 2012
    7
    A departure from their first album, but kudos to them for pushing into a new sound. The ambient and shoegazing undertones show a band that isA departure from their first album, but kudos to them for pushing into a new sound. The ambient and shoegazing undertones show a band that is young and still growing and finding their place. I think I enjoyed their first album better, which was more upbeat and diverse. A solid transition album. Look for their next album to hopefully fuse all these sounds to create something really special. Until then, experience, the not-so-subtle (but mostly enjoyable) musical growing pains of a young, talented band. Expand
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    5
    "Lights Out, Words Gone" is the only good song. I wanted very badly for the remainder of the album to have the same sound... but the answer is"Lights Out, Words Gone" is the only good song. I wanted very badly for the remainder of the album to have the same sound... but the answer is "no". It's too bad, that song is crazy good. Expand