Bad Blood [Bonus Disc]

Bad Blood [Bonus Disc]

by Bastille Bastille


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Bad Blood reveals that Bastille is a synth-driven band that isn't particularly arty, something of a rarity during the electronic pop revival of the 2000s and 2010s. Where many of their contemporaries used the glamour of synth pop's '80s heyday and electronic music's infinite possibilities to craft shiny pop fantasies, Bastille builds on the glossy, anthemic approach they set forth on the Laura Palmer EP (the title track, which is included here, might also be the least arty song inspired by David Lynch's surreal soap opera Twin Peaks). Early highlights like "Pompeii," "These Streets," and the title track boast panoramic choruses and sleek arrangements that hint at a kinship with Empire of the Sun and Delphic, while the handclaps and popping bassline on the otherwise moody "Icarus" recall Hot Chip at their most confessional. However, most of Bad Blood suggests that Bastille are actually an electronically enhanced upgrade of sweeping British pop traditionalists like Keane or Coldplay. The band updates "Oblivion"'s piano balladry with ping-ponging drums and contrasts Dan Smith's throaty singing and searching lyrics ("There's a hole in my soul/Can you fill it?") with a tumbling beat on "Flaws." Like the aforementioned acts, Bastille has a way with heartfelt melodies and choruses that resonate, particularly on the driving "Things We Lost in the Fire" and "Get Home," where the slightly processed vocals also evoke Sia, Imogen Heap, and other electronic-friendly singer/songwriters. While the band occasionally gets a little too self-serious on the album's second half, Bad Blood is 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. [Following the smash success of singles like "Pompeii," the album was reissued as All This Bad Blood, which added a generous amount of demos, B-sides, and tracks from Bastille's mixtapes. The set also includes two brand-new songs: "Of the Night," a mash-up of Snap!'s "Rhythm is a Dancer" and Corona's "Rhythm of the Night," and a cover of City High's "What Would You Do."]

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2014
Label: Virgin Records Us
UPC: 0602537608140
catalogNumber: 002048202
Rank: 6335


Disc 1

  1. Pompeii
  2. Things We Lost in the Fire
  3. Bad Blood
  4. Overjoyed
  5. These Streets
  6. Weight of Living, Pt. 2
  7. Icarus
  8. Oblivion
  9. Flaws
  10. Daniel in the Den
  11. Laura Palmer
  12. Get Home

Disc 2

  1. Poet
  2. The Silence
  3. Haunt
  4. Weight of Living, Pt. 1
  5. Sleepsong
  6. Durban Skies
  7. Laughter Lines
  8. Previously on Other People's Heartache
  9. Of the Night
  10. The Draw
  11. What Would You Do
  12. Skulls
  13. Tuning Out...

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bastille   Primary Artist
Dave DeRose   Drums
Juliet Lee   Violin
Alexandra Urquhart   Viola
Chris Wood   Drums,Background Vocals
Mark Crew   Keyboards
John Willoughby   Background Vocals
Josh Platman   Background Vocals
Ian Dudfield   Background Vocals
Ralph Pelleymounter   Background Vocals
Dan Smith   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Dan Priddy   Background Vocals
Willemijn Steenbakkers   Violin
Richard Phillips   Cello
Sophie Lockett   Violin
Gemma Sharples   Violin
Verity Evanson   Cello
William Farquarson   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Thea Austin   Composer
Benito Benites   Composer
Pete Glenister   Composer
Ryan Toby   Composer
Francesco Bontempi   Composer
Robby Pardlo   Composer
Giorgio Spagna   Composer
John Garrett   Composer
Mark Crew   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Dan Smith   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Annehley Gordon   Composer
Verity Evanson   String Arrangements
Polly Comber   Management
Michael Goffey   Composer

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