Bastille: Bad Blood – review

(Virgin)

If not yet inescapable, Bastille's angsty indie pop has already begun popping up in an unlikely array of settings (Emeli Sandé support slots, Made in Chelsea, YouTube Terrence Malick tributes – that last the work of film buff frontman, Dan Smith). Delusions of cultdom still surface on their debut (most obviously on the Twin Peaks-referencing Sarah Palmer) but overall, it is a hooky, unmistakably populist affair. Its repertoire of tricks – piano and falsetto sob-rock, yodel-along backing vocals, hands-in-the-air breakdowns – is entirely predictable, but generally redeemed by strong, surging melodies.

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