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Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Bombay Bicycle Club

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Fifth album and first in three years from the London indie rock quartet produced by frontman Jack Steadman and John Congleton (St Vincent, Future Islands, Franz Ferdinand)

ADM rating[?]

7.4

Label
MMM
UK Release date
17/01/2020
US Release date
17/01/2020
  1. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    Working with Los Angeles-based producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Wild Beasts, Future Islands, etc.), the band sound refreshed and raring to go on Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    While much of the emotion at the center of Everything Else Has Gone Wrong feels borne out of a period of dark introspection, there's a low-key ebullience and overall strength to the music that speaks to Bombay Bicycle Club's renewed sense of purpose
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  3. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    There’s a bit of filler — Let You Go is trying a bit hard — but otherwise it’s a simple, charmer of a record. Welcome back
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    Bombay Bicycle Club’s time away has propelled the band to a new plane of compelling sophistication, where musically and thematically they have evolved to create a beautifully profound and stunning soundscape full of promise and self-examination
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    British indie pop-rockers, Bombay Bicycle Club chronicle the struggle to maintain hope in dark times on Everything Else Has Gone Wrong, their first album since 2014
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    It’s a solid return – the sound of a band both rejuvenated and continuing the multi-layered sound of their previous releases
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  7. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    The sound of a band re-emerging from the ether with an emboldened purpose
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A dose of psychedelic pop, captivating hooks, and guitar trembles enhance the listening experience. Exploring the themes of new opportunities, growth, disconnection and hope, listeners can feel frontman Jack Steadman's raw emotions
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  9. 8.0 |   DIY

    For those who’ve held on in hope of their return, the rewards are fruitful
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  10. 8.0 |   The Music

    There are sombre undertones even these glittering party jams just can’t drown out, but that only inspires you to turn the music up a little more
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  11. 8.0 |   Q

    The time away has taught them that if the sings are good enough, there 's no need to chuck in the kitchen sink too. Print edition only

  12. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Immediately feels well adjusted and familiar. Print edition only

  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A sharp and charming indie rock album that is at times ever so slightly too safe for its own good. Bombay Bicycle Club remains eager to please-it's a relief then that they still know how to do it
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  14. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If you are a fan of everything that came before, you'll still enjoy this record. But you'll probably end up listening to the old ones, and enjoying them more
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  15. 7.0 |   music OMH

    As closing number Racing Stripes declares, “this light will keep me going” – and the inspiration in play on much of this comeback suggests everything else will soon turn right
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  16. 6.9 |   Paste Magazine

    This record feels like more of a means to an end, an excuse to get back out on the road and play their biggest hits once again
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  17. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is about getting through troubling times with grand gestures, projecting those emotions in the most outward way possible. And, coming back from that absence, demonstrating their steady growth as musicians with a joyful disposition that is contagious
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  18. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    A curate’s egg: good, ish, in parts – and much may depend on the appeal or otherwise of Steadman’s voice
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  19. 6.0 |   NME

    This comeback does a fine job of updating the beloved indie band's trademark style, though there are sometimes too many ideas jostling for attention
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  20. 5.9 |   Pitchfork

    After a long hiatus, the big-tent UK pop band returns with a joyful but middling album that’s a little bit of everything they’ve always been
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