Bad Blood


Bad Blood

Debut album from London indie pop quartet formed by frontman Dan Smith

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  1. 10.0 |   Art Rocker

    Soaring, grandiosely rich pop melodies
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A debut that’s as infectious as it is dramatically powerful
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  3. 8.0 |   State

    There’s something here for everyone; the songs bear enough charm to repeat on the ear without grating and with as much radio play as they have gathered, that’s certainly admirable
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  4. 8.0 |   BBC

    A really gratifying debut from south Londoner Dan Smith and company
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    The beautiful part about 'Bad Blood' is that it is both entirely predictable yet completely disarming
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  6. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    The arrangements are taut and well-judged, and the songs are as much about what instrument is playing than the notes being played on them
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  7. 7.0 |   All Music

    A solid, polished debut that fans of acts like Snow Patrol (who don't mind more electronics in the mix) might appreciate more than synth-pop aficionados
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  8. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Fans of the big pop chorus and powerful male lead vocal should snap this up
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Its repertoire of tricks is entirely predictable, but generally redeemed by strong, surging melodies
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  10. 5.0 |   NME

    As much identity as a Facebook commenter without a profile picture
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  11. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    There’s a fair share of Mumfording here. If that other British crew gave up their banjos for a couple of synths, they would end up sounding like Bastille
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  12. 4.0 |   Q

    Feels strangely anemic. Print edition only

  13. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Bolting on the merest hint of dance beats to his absolutely conventional, mildly melancholic piano ballads
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