Bad Blood
Bastille - Bad Blood
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #873 / 942
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2013 Ratings: #260
March 4, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin / Label
Synthpop, Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
PopMatters

A debut that’s as infectious as it is dramatically powerful.

80
DIY

Here is an artist who may be young, but has already got a firm handle on his craft. 

80
musicOMH

What separates it from greatness is that even after repeated listens, it simply doesn’t tell you who Dan Smith is.

60
Drowned in Sound

Dan Smith has released more properly catchy songs on this one record than some bands manage in a lifetime

50
NME

‘Bad Blood’ comes out with about as much identity as a Facebook commenter without a profile picture.

50
Consequence of Sound

There’s nothing inherently wrong with this too-many-feelings, heart-on-your-sleeve approach; it’s just that, played out over the course of an entire album (or on the airwaves, over the course of several years), the whole thing starts to feel a bit contrived.

Dec 25, 2017
luisdelrey2016
78
✔ “Pompeii”, “Things We Lost in the Fire”, "Oblivion", "Daniel in the Dan", "Get Home" and "Weight of Living Pt. II"
✘ "Flaws"
Aug 28, 2016
Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Pompeii, Flaws, Laura Palmer
Jun 23, 2016
58
Among a handful of fun, silly synthpop songs, you can see that Bastille is able to craft his own voice as well as his own sound. That is great and always an important component for any artists. There's only one problem: when you're able to only succeed at making a worthwhile track for maybe a third of your album, and then the rest is filled with predictable mediocrity.

Favorite tracks: Pompeii, Bad Blood, Weight of Living, Pt. II
Apr 27, 2015
lerkenfeldt
30
Pompeii is one of my least favorite tracks of all time, and it boogles the mind that the song became such a massive hit. The rest of the album is basically the same song, with different lyrics.
Sep 23, 2014
75
Every song is incredibly catchy minus like two. His voice is strange but really fits the feel of the songs. My personal favorite song off of the album is Flaws so I suggest you go check it out. But the album is lacking something.
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Added on: March 12, 2013