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  • Summary: The debut album for the British rock quartet was produced by Jim Abbiss.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. If I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose is the band's Everest, not only do they conquer it with unassuming boyish romance, but they've also created the most poignant anthology of what it means to be young and restless in the city since fellow Londoners Bloc Party's "Silent Alarm"--though they're a lot less frosty than Okereke et al.
  2. 80
    Their supple, smouldering songs take you back to an innocent, pre-Britpop indie era while retaining the thrust of contempories like Bloc Party. [Aug 2009, p.87]
  3. London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose (released last July in the United Kingdom).
  4. While I Had the Blues is a serviceable debut that doesn't really disappoint but rarely shines, it does suggest that Bombay Bicycle Club have a promising future.
  5. North London outfit from the same school (literally) as Cajun Dance Party, earning high marks for their winsome indie tunes.
  6. Jack Steadman's shaky voice does scant justice to a dozen songs that, in more adept hands, might have not been squashed at birth. [Aug 2009, p.103]
  7. This is duvet music, offering vague comfort but impossible to feel any excitement for.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    Although through an initial listen this album can seem slow to ease into its potential, but once you begin to recognize the songs and listen closely to the words, you will find yourself emotionally invested in this subtly brilliant album. Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2010
    I baffled by the critic's low score for this album but then again these are the people who give Ke$ha 78, so what do they know. This album is brilliant from start to finish, highly recommended. Expand

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