London rock act Bombay Bicycle Club  hasn't been playing together long, but the foursome boasts an impressive sound on debut album "I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose" (released last July in the United Kingdom). Despite its rookie status, the band knows how to set the tone: The brief opening instrumental track, "Emergency Contraception Blues," previews the commanding percussion and passionate guitar on the songs that follow. And though listeners will get lost in the catchy instrumentation of the single "Always Like This," the music is pleasantly interrupted by the nervous and sometimes eerie vocals of singer Jack Steadman. The standout "Cancel on Me" touches on the coming-of-age theme of puerile romance as Steadman sings, "Dreaming of you rushing up to me/That was the boy I used to be." A break from the upbeat tunes comes with "The Giantess," an alluring track that features the group taking a more subtle instrumental approach.
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