For members only? So Long, See You Tomorrow is the fourth album released by London’s Bombay Bicycle Club, and while the band has received considerable hype and exposure – especially in Europe – their sound is a bit of an acquired taste.
The album begins with strings and synth on “Overdone” – the only thing missing from the opening act is a marching band (although, the drum line featured on following song “It’s Alright Now” may suffice). Not eight minutes in and you’ve already been introduced to a wide range of melodies and riffs, the likes of which you’d expect to hear during an Adult Swim promo spot.
The album’s first single, “Carry Me”, never truly gets off the ground. It’s a traffic jam. Stop-and-go patterns tease, the “you carry” hook frustrates, and its repetitive cycle will have your skip finger itching. The track’s rhythmic pounds and thuds eventually just lead to a huge dud.
The mellow “Home By Now” is a welcomed follow-up, complete with soothing notes and light vocals. While it continues the pattern of tempo changes found throughout the album, the switches in this track aren’t nearly as distracting – in fact, they’re relatively seamless.
“Luna” is another of the album’s successes. Perhaps the most complete song on the album, “Luna” matches more of a traditional Bombay sound with a great energy that builds from the very beginning. The tune is helped in large part by guest Rae Morris’ background vocals which pair perfectly with Bombay lead Jack Steadman’s raspy sound.
In all, So Long, See You Tomorrow is just that: business as usual. While it may have something to contribute to Bombay Bicycle Club’s eventual “Best Of” album, I don’t think it will be the backbone either. And while there may be a track or two that I find enjoyable, the album as a whole has too many pitfalls and continuity issues for my taste.