Bad Blood

Bastille - Bad Blood
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2013 Ratings: #887 / 958
User Score
Based on 170 ratings
2013 Ratings: #354
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.

Plats
66
"Bad Blood" is very well-produced and catchy with some great vocal performances from Dan Smith. It does tend to go into formulaic arena pop territory and the lyrics are okay at best, even if the lyrical themes are unique by pop rock standards. Otherwise, not a bad pop record.

Fav Tracks: Flaws; Pompeii; Weight Of Living, Pt. II; Bad Blood; Icarus; Laura Palmer

Least Fav Track: These Streets

Score:
6.6
Decent
notbuzzzila
35
Car commercial pop
EntryIncomplete
71
For a group as young as this it's pretty neat to see them come with such a definitive sound.
SebastianWolf
72
Unique pop album. At best, the songs are catchy, special and very well-produced. At worst, it’s just shallow pop. I quite like this.
MinatoArisato
10
Boring pop rock. This is pretty much just an alternate Imagine Dragons.

Best Track: Overjoyed
Worst Track: Oblivion
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/Amazon
#23/PopMatters
#48/Gigwise

Track List

  1. Pompeii
  2. Things We Lost in the Fire
  3. Bad Blood
  4. Overjoyed
  5. These Streets
  6. Weight of Living, Pt. II
  7. Icarus
  8. Oblivion
  9. Flaws
  10. Daniel in the Den
  11. Laura Palmer
  12. Get Home
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Added on: March 12, 2013