Bad Blood

~ Release group by Bastille

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Bad Blood CD 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDV3097 5099972110720
Bad Blood Digital Media 13 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 5099972111055
Bad Blood: The Extended Cut Digital Media 18 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)
Bad Blood: The Extended Cut (iTunes) 2×Digital Media 19 + 5 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)
All This Bad Blood (iTunes) 2×Digital Media 12 + 13 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 602537612406
Bad Blood 12" Vinyl 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) V3097 5099972110713
Bad Blood CD 19 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) TOCP-71589 4988006554245
Bad Blood Digital Media 19 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 602537478736
Bad Blood CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDV3097 602537487691
Bad Blood Digital Media 15 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 602537477340
Bad Blood CD 15 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) B001891702 602537478538
Bad Blood 12" Vinyl 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) B001891601 602537478538
All This Bad Blood 2×CD 12 + 13 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) CDVX 3097 602537608140
All This Bad Blood 2×Digital Media 12 + 13 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) 602537612406
All This Bad Blood 2×CD 12 + 13 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) B002048202 602537608140
All This Bad Blood (Target exclusive) 2×CD 12 + 15 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) B002048302 602537791071
All This Bad Blood (Dutch edition) 2×CD 12 + 18 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) 378 946-2 0602537894628
All This Bad Blood (Belgian edition) 2×CD 12 + 21 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013) 4710 084-7 602547108470
All This Bad Blood (Belgian edition) 2×Digital Media 12 + 21 Virgin EMI Records (division of Universal UK, post-Mar 2013)
Bad Blood: The Extended Cut (iTunes) Digital Media 19 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)
Promotion
Bad Blood CD 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDV3097 5099972110720

Relationships

artist & repertoire support: Nick Burgess
associated singles/EPs: Bad Blood
Bad Blood
Flaws (Bad Blood version)
Flaws
Haunt
Laughter Lines
Laura Palmer (Bad Blood version)
Laura Palmer
Oblivion
Oblivion
Of the Night
Of the Night
Overjoyed
Overjoyed
Pompeii
Pompeii
These Streets
Things We Lost in the Fire
Things We Lost in the Fire
included in: Bad Blood / Haunt / Remixed
remixes: Remixed
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002486836 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/539793 [info]
https://www.discogs.com/master/679370 [info]
Wikidata: Q11756808 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Bad Blood (Bastille album) [info]
lyrics page: http://genius.com/albums/Bastille/All-this-bad-blood [info]
http://genius.com/albums/Bastille/Bad-blood [info]
http://lyrics.wikia.com/wiki/Bastille:Bad_Blood_(2013) [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/bastille_f1/bad_blood/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/9r8r [info]

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From one-man band to frontman and creative fulcrum, Dan Smith has taken his time getting the Bastille debut together. It's been a good couple of years since tracks from Bad Blood started a buzz, but he may have chosen his moment well.

Much has been made of the dispiriting state of today's charts - apparently a swamp of Auto-Tuned vocals and joyless EDM synths, crying out for the salvation of a guitar or two. Bastille might not be the obvious antidote, but they offer a compelling alternative.

Neither explicitly synth-led nor crunchy with guitars, Smith and the band that adds flesh to the bones he wrought himself create something that's clearly pop but evades firm categorisation beyond that. It could stand apart.

Smith avoids vocal effects almost entirely, the one concession some warm Sparky's Magic Piano synthetic harmonies on leaving the club/leaving your senses closer Get Home.

Otherwise he's open and boyish, a gauche voice with traces of Chris Martin's glottal stops and Alt-J singer Joe Newman's tics and quirks. And left to his own devices, he has the space to deliver his stories.

Classical allusion separates Bastille from the crowd, whether Smith is painting a love story against the background of volcanic disaster in the tremendous Pompeii or admonishing a fast-liver on the softly funky Icarus.

He likes his metaphors, exploiting Twin Peaks for the tale of a lost soul on Laura Palmer and begging estranged friends to "let it dry" as Bad Blood threatens to drown them. But these words would mean little without the tunes to sustain them.

That's where Smith and Bastille really deliver, ranging earworm choruses across the album. There's something 80s about the heart-swelling melodies of Oblivion and the glorious Weight of Living, Pt. II, but only because they evoke a-ha and Tears For Fears in their determination to be both catchy and muscular.

And maybe that's the answer to all those woes. Bad Blood is a really gratifying debut that feels like a solution.