With the release of its third studio album, Bombay Bicycle Club has proven itself as a band that warrants some attention. The album is full of mellow vocals, interesting lyrics and electric guitar-backed hooks. Although it has made the rounds across the globe, the record touched down in the United States on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Each album this group of Londoners has released thus far has steadily and consistently improved upon its predecessor, and A Different Kind of Fix is no exception. This album delivers a splendid array of musical talent stretched across 12 tracks. It is chock full of little surprises and has a great texture thanks to repetative choruses and unexpected background vocals, some of which are given by Lucy Rose. Lucy’s soft voice blends beautifully with front man Jack Steadman’s, and she is able to add an extra eeriness to each song in which she is featured.

Until this album it was quite hard to give Bombay Bicycle Club any sort of label or identity, mostly due to the members’ youth and the fact that their first two albums, while likable, were nothing special. It seemed as though this group had yet to find its niche and sound. Thanks to time and to the influence of a very prolific producer (Ben H. Allen, who has worked with the likes of Deerhunter and Animal Collective), however, the band has finally found its sound and has gone above and beyond what was expected of it thanks to this discovery.

The sound of the album is similar to what they’ve done in the past, but it is more mature and developed. The electric guitar is a huge driving force on the album, along with the catchy drum beats supplied by Suren De Saram. Every once in a while listeners are also treated to head bopping-ly catchy pop hooks and wonderfully uplifting melodies, like on “Shuffle,” the album’s lead single, and “Leave It.” The record also supplies slower and more thoughtful tracks, like “Beggars.”

While overall the album is a cohesive piece of indie/alternative British rock, there are places in which it loses its footing and the music has a tendency to fade into the background. The album is indeed interesting, however, complete with multiple layers that seem to peel away after each listen.

Not only has the band released the best album of its career so far, but it has also found its unique and exciting voice in a genre filled with monotonous and boring music.

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