Everything Else Has Gone Wrong

Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2020 Ratings: #483 / 794
User Score
Based on 350 ratings
2020 Ratings: #644
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January 17, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mmm..., Caroline / Label
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With a more contemplative thread running through, there is a sense of a band growing up alongside their own music rather than trying to stay forever young. Wherever you find yourself, this is a record that indeed proves that after all, not quite everything has gone wrong.

While much of the emotion at the center of Everything Else Has Gone Wrong feels borne out of a period of dark introspection, there's a low-key ebullience and overall strength to the music that speaks to Bombay Bicycle Club's renewed sense of purpose.


Bombay Bicycle Club have re-emerged from the ether with emboldened purpose, creating an album that finds a cause for celebration between every person, unconcerned by the bigger picture and instead strives for home truths.

A dose of psychedelic pop, captivating hooks, and guitar trembles enhance the listening experience. Exploring the themes of new opportunities, growth, disconnection and hope, listeners can feel frontman Jack Steadman's raw emotions.
The same blues of ten years ago are still very much in evidence, but Bombay Bicycle Club remain a band who are more than capable of shaking them loose.
The Independent

It’s a solid return – the sound of a band both rejuvenated and continuing the multi-layered sound of their previous releases.

The Telegraph

On a set of compact, meaningful songs about surviving in the age of anxiety, the sympathetic weave of the reunited band embodies the very spirit of empathy and togetherness for which Steadman seems to be reaching.


The album is a warm collection of songs with lyrics that focus on finding hope in a sometimes dark world.

Spill Magazine

Fans and new listeners alike will be pleased with Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. Bombay Bicycle Club have found their second wind and are coming back stronger than ever.


Bombay Bicycle Club’s time away has propelled the band to a new plane of compelling sophistication, where musically and thematically they have evolved to create a beautifully profound and stunning soundscape full of promise and self-examination.


When it all comes together, it's a beautiful snapshot of the band this ambitious London quartet has become. Still grounded in its indie-rock beginnings, but finding fresh ways to express them with every new release.


The band’s second coming arrives with some added grit, mostly to the guitar and bass sounds, with more distortion in evidence than previously, even if it stops well short of out and out rock.

The Line of Best Fit

If you are a fan of everything that came before, you'll still enjoy this record. But you'll probably end up listening to the old ones, and enjoying them more. Because BBC at their best are better than this.

Under The Radar

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is a sharp and charming indie rock album that is at times ever so slightly too safe for its own good.


The elements that made the veteran band so lovable are all still here—the rousing choruses, the refrains, the anthemic riffs—but this time, they seem contrived, more of a retread than a step forward.


It’s these moments of authenticity that are a reminder of what a brilliant band Bombay Bicycle Club can be. And despite a handful of lacklustre moments on the album, ‘Everything Else Has Gone Wrong’ permeates the band’s trademark sound with fresh ideas.

No Ripcord

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is about getting through troubling times with grand gestures, projecting those emotions in the most outward way possible. And, coming back from that absence, demonstrating their steady growth as musicians with a joyful disposition that is contagious.

The Arts Desk

It’s interesting, but not riveting, the pace and mood varied, yet the songs are somehow formulaic and derivative.


After a long hiatus, the big-tent UK pop band returns with an joyful but middling album that’s a little bit of everything they’ve always been.

The Guardian

BBC’s fifth album is a disappointment: crowded, ill-written and lacking conviction, it sounds like what it will swiftly become: an ad soundtrack.

Some of it is generic, sure...but all of it is nice and groovy. Sometimes you need some easy listening
A luminous pop album in which Bombay Bicycle Club puts a new twist on their style, digging into synthesized rhythms and vocal games that detract from organic sounds. It seems that this six-year hiatus, in addition to the maturity that it entails, has not exhausted the potential of a curious and chameleonic band capable of billing songs of remarkable quality without having to get on the train of current trends.
BAND OF THE WEEK: Album Review #5

First off, I just want to say, if this is your first exposure to this great band, I highly recommend you listen to one of their earlier records instead; mainly their debut or So Long, See You Tomorrow, the latter being my personal favorite.

Going to be up front with you guys, I'm pretty bummed. I've spend my entire week listening to this band and really loved everything I heard, from their first record to the previous. I even got myself pumped up for this ... read more
Very generic.
I really dont know what to say. I feel like generic and lifeless is cliche but that is genuinely what most of this is. I assure you, you have heard this album before. Nothing too interesting. Instrumentation is super compressed and pretty predictable. I don't even know what the themes or direction are here. Very peculiar.
The closer, Racing Stripes, is a very good song though !
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Track List

  1. Get Up
  2. Is It Real
  3. Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
  4. I Can Hardly Speak
  5. Good Day
  6. Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
  7. I Worry Bout You
  8. People People (feat. Liz Lawrence)
  9. Do You Feel Loved?
  10. Let You Go
  11. Racing Stripes
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Added on: September 4, 2019