AOTY 2020

Doom Days

Bastille - Doom Days
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #482 / 758
User Score
Based on 207 ratings
2019 Ratings: #753
Liked by 1 person
June 14, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin EMI / Label
Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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‘Doom Days’ is a vivid snapshot of humanity and an imaginative, adventurous levelling up from one of Britain’s most influential bands. If the end times are coming, you could do a whole lot worse than taking its lead and gathering up all your friends, pressing play and partying like it’s 1999.
It’s the lyrical play of title-track ‘Doom Days’ that really hits home, though - showing the same talent of subtle but effective observation that first showed through on 2016’s ‘Wild World’, it’s the context to a wider story that draws everything around it into focus. A treat that’s more than worth the wait.
Nostalgic, melancholic, worrisome and finally joyful, ‘Doom Days’ is a production that leaves you with optimism for a better tomorrow.
The Skinny
In typical Bastille fashion, the synths are glossy, the beats are bouncy, gang vocal harmonies appear in abundance, and their general inventiveness within the electro-pop artform is explored effectively once more.
While ‘Doom Days’ may look like an unusual step for a band as huge as Bastille - with fewer obvious hits and more introspective numbers - it’s certainly not.

This need to seize the moment has been one of Bastille's main messages since "Pompeii," and with Doom Days, they prove they can deliver it in increasingly eloquent and relatable ways.


Mostly this is just a bit Bastille by numbers.

The Line of Best Fit

This ... is precisely the main problem with Doom Days: the more you put into it, the less you get out.


On Doom Days Bastille falls into a sonic rut, but its best music gives us plenty of indication that this need not spell doom for what's to come for this still-young outfit.

I was drawn in by the "apocalyptic concept album" claim, but it did not turn out to be the case. This isn't a bad album, but it is a very generic and one-dimensional one. Bastille's sound is far from refined, and they seem to still be trying to capitalize on the same techniques they used on their breakout hit "Pompeii."
this album sounds like Bastille saw the success of their Marshmello collaboration "Happier" and tried to make an LP full of potential hits rather than captivating thought provoking tracks. Especially considering the "concept" that is about as surface level and thought provoking as those "stop vaping" ads that are all over TV today, this is really lacking in any substance at all. To sum everything up, this is Bastille's "Selling Out" album.

The production ... read more
Are Bastille the British equivalent to Imagine Dragons? Doom Days is very safe, risk-free pop rock. There's no deviation from the standard pop formula in both songwriting and production, leading to a very boring listen. Think of Foals or The 1975 with none of the energy or experimentation. Nothing comes close to the simple bliss of their past hits "Pompeii" and "Happier". The production stagnates early, never getting exciting despite some bubbling synths underneath tracks ... read more
It's a bit disappointing to see these guys go for a trendier sound and the lyrics feel watered-down ("Doom Days" is especially terrible), but I still enjoyed a good majority of these tracks and it still retains much of the hookiness of their previous efforts.

Fav Tracks: Bad Decisions, Quarter Past Midnight, Those Nights, Joy, 4AM

Least Fav Tracks: Doom Days, Divide

Super excited for this, did it live up to the hype? Kind of. It's what I expected of a bastille album, I like it BUT, it (right now) is their weakest release. Wild World and Bad Blood are stronger, this could be just a matter of being more used to Bad Blood and Wild World, maybe it'll grow on me (hopefully). This album doesn't really have any huge hits, it has Quarter Past Midnight but that's really it, Joy is eh, it sounds a lot like Power.

This album has a lot more trap influences... I'm ... read more
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Track List

  1. Quarter Past Midnight
  2. Bad Decisions
  3. The Waves
  4. Divide
  5. Million Pieces
  6. Doom Days
  7. Nocturnal Creatures
  8. 4AM
  9. Another Place
  10. Those Nights
  11. Joy
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Added on: May 2, 2019