Ribbon Around the Bomb

Blossoms - Ribbon Around the Bomb
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2022 Ratings: #76 / 330
User Score
Based on 37 ratings
Liked by 3 people
April 29, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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Ribbon Around The Bomb is mellower while maintaining a gift for melody. Blossoms move away from sweaty floorfillers with a natural grace.

While previous full-length ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’ might have felt like a lightspeed jump forwards, the self-assured comfort of ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ is arguably even more impressive.
The band's star continues to rise, and this album cements their reputation as one of the best bands in the UK.
Evening Standard
The title track is the strongest, strutting past on an easygoing bassline with much woo-ing in the backing vocals. They’re growing up, but haven’t lost sight of what makes them so appealing.
‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ is a grand coming-of-age record. Featuring tight rhythms, compelling pop melodies and thoughtful lyrics, Blossoms signature chiming electric sound has developed in this mature record that puts song-writing at the forefront and solidifies their position as UK indie-pop icons.

While anthem-packed past records have catapulted them into the mainstream with the likes of ‘Charlemagne’ and ‘Your Girlfriend’, ‘Ribbon Around The Bomb’ is a record that ensures they’ll stay there for years to come.

The Young Folks
It is a search for what’s missing without losing the band’s best attribute: their distinct sense of hope and happiness.

Blossoms are never going to produce an AOTY but their intrepid desire to put a unique spin on every album and their bustling, energetic live shows give them a distinct edge over a lot of UK indie rock outfits. This record is a much more laidback, indie surf rock vibe compared to their past albums, which contain a wider sonic palette and straightforward guitar rock. It has such flavoursome tunes throughout that provide a constant melodic feel to it and, for a more toned-down LP, Blossoms don't ... read more


Probably the best band the UK has to offer at this moment in time. Blossoms have perfected the chill, laid back rhythm which they made their name with which is present in upmost clarity towards the back end of the record with tracks such as Care For, Cinema Holy Days, Edith Machinist and Visions staking a claim to be some of my favourite tracks of the year so far.

Stand Out Tracks: Ribbon Around the Bomb, Born Wild, Care For, Cinerama Holy Days, Edith Machinist, Visions


Ode to NYC,Ribbon Around The Bomb,The Sulking Poet,Born Wild,Everything About You,Care For

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Added on: January 25, 2022