Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. North London outfit from the same school (literally) as Cajun Dance Party, earning high marks for their winsome indie tunes.
  2. Granted, there's nothing new going on, but their passion fills in the innovation gaps.
  3. 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.
  4. This is duvet music, offering vague comfort but impossible to feel any excitement for.
  5. Q Magazine
    40
    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]
  6. Mojo
    40
    There hasn't been quite enough time yet for them to construct much of a unique sonic indentity. [Aug 2009, p.94]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    7
    This is a reasonably strong indie pop/rock debut - its got nice guitar work, nice vocals, good dynamics on the songs, is well recorded andThis is a reasonably strong indie pop/rock debut - its got nice guitar work, nice vocals, good dynamics on the songs, is well recorded and slickly produced and all of this helps bring the raw material up a notch. The songs are only averagely good (as we see with the stripped down follow up "Flaws") but its the shine and the layers put on the songs that make them a success. Opener "Emergency Contraception Blues" is the albums most interesting track and also the highlight of the record. "Evening/Morning" is another nice track. Other than that there are plenty of decent tracks but not many that I come back to repeatedly. There is obviously talent present within the group but the fruit of their labours vary in quality depending on the bands level of focus. Full Review »
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    10
    Although through an initial listen this album can seem slow to ease into its potential, but once you begin to recognize the songs and listenAlthough 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. Full Review »
  3. Dec 9, 2010
    9
    I baffled by the critic's low score for this album but then again these are the people who give Ke$ha 78, so what do they know. This album isI baffled by the critic's low score for this album but then again these are the people who give Ke$ha 78, so what do they know. This album is brilliant from start to finish, highly recommended. Full Review »