Bastille delivers "Bad Blood"
BY RICE VAN COUTREN ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
Close your eyes, and turn up the volume on this new album. Forget everything that’s been on your mind today, or yesterday, or for the past week. It’s been said that music heals the soul, and Bastille has just the right medicine for you. September third was the release of Bastille’s first full length album “Bad Blood.” Bastille, a band heralding from the UK, has created one of the best alternative albums ever made. “Bad Blood” is one of those albums that can be played on repeat for hours without skipping any songs.
It is impossible to get too much of Dan Smith’s melodious voice. Smith’s voice is just beautiful, if not angelic. His voice is extremely smooth, and he glides effortlessly from high, tenor notes to the low notes of a baritone. Smith has one of those voices that can sing virtually anything. He hits high, low and all range notes perfectly. When hitting the low notes, Smith’s voice turns a little raspy. This raspiness is a good raspiness; it adds a new dynamic to the sound of the music.
The melody, beat and overall tone are completely different for each song. The individual songs are all unique. For example, “Overjoyed” is a slower, thought provoking song while “Things We Lost in the Fire” is a song that gets you pumped and makes you want to dance crazily. This allows you to listen without getting tired or bored of the same thing over and over again; in other words, this album is nothing like what the radios are playing today. The album starts out with one of their best and most popular songs, “Pompeii,” which was released as a single prior to the full length album. This song sets the mood for the rest of the album. Once I had listened to “Pompeii” as the first song of the album, I was immediately hooked and excited to hear what comes next. The album finishes with the song “Get Home,” which both completes the album nicely and left me wanting more.
But wait! There’s more! “Bad Blood” comes with three extra bonus tracks! These songs are just as good as the rest of the the album or even better. My favorite song on the album is “The Silence,” which is a bonus track. “The Silence,” features electric bass guitars combined with deep bass drums to produce a new sound that creates a fast paced yet soft back beat. Bastille focuses on vocals more than huge bass beats and loud instrumentals. The instruments and bass drum beats are still audible, but the vocals are just more defined.
The overall composition of “Bad Blood” is beautifully done. The album was masterfully put together and the songs are exquisite. It is as if Bastille is a group of angels on a mission to spread as much joy and happiness as possible. Even if you have never heard of Bastille or ever listened to alternative music, this album is worth every penny. The album “Bad Blood” will give you chills.