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by Asma Gaba
Bad Blood (2013) is Bastille’s- a London indie band- debut album.
Their first studio album already showcases the musical abilities of
the band. The album overall gives off an indie vibe, but they
infuse pop elements throughout their songs. Some songs even
sound as if they were recorded live; Dan Smith (the singer) has
an extremely organic voice that has become Bastille’s trademark.
Most of the songs on the album have a beat you can sway
to- not quite upbeat, but not somber either. Bastille’s music
seems to have happy undertones, but after a closer listen, the
songs turn out to be almost tear-inducing. Bad Blood talks of
love, loss, failure, and trying to become our best person.
“Pompeii”, “Bad Blood”, “Laura Palmer” and “Weight Of Living,
Part 2” are perfect examples of songs that have upbeat music but
are much sadder than the slow songs of the album- in my
The slower songs on the album all sound as if they were
recorded live- the energy of the songs give off a newly minted
aura. The instruments in the background sound louder, as does
Smith’s voice. “Oblivion”, “Overjoyed”, “These Streets” and
“Daniel in the Den” all sound like a live performance, similar to an
Overall, Bad Blood is an extraordinary album. It’s the perfect
album to listen to on a rainy day or to study with. There’s a song
that will fit perfectly in all of your favorite playlists. Three years
later, and Bad Blood is an album I have much love for. My
favorites from the album have to be a tie between “Things We
Lost in the Fire” and “Bad Blood”. If you haven’t given indie music
a try, Bastille is the perfect place to begin!
Bastille’s second album, Wild World is set for a September
9 th , 2016 release.