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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2019 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 9, 2016 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Though their debut album, Bad Blood, was released in 2012 and their huge hit "Pompeii" dominated the airwaves in 2013, Bastille never really went away during the years that followed. Thanks to mixtapes like VS. and their consistent touring -- as well as their fondness for premiering songs in concert -- Wild World's arrival in 2016 felt more inevitable than surprising. Even so, the refinements they've made since Bad Blood are striking. Bastille have learned exactly what people want from them, and "Pompeii" provides the model for the album's punchy production and sharpened hooks (although none of them are quite as ingenious as that song's a cappella chant). Sometimes, the band borrows from the song blatantly: On "Snakes," Dan Smith prays for "the ground to swallow me whole," and when he asks "What's gonna be left of the world if you're not in it?" on "Good Grief," it echoes "Pompeii"'s questioning chorus, "How am I going to be an optimist about this?" More often, though, Wild World recaptures the way that song seized moments of joy in the face of disaster, whether it's the threat of a Donald Trump presidency ("The Currents") or getting older and giving up ("Lethargy"). Bastille expand on this template as much as they refine it, adding hints of R&B, dance, and rock to their anthemic pop. "Glory" is a standout, setting Smith's lilting vocals to stark, R&B-tinged verses before unleashing its massive choruses. Elsewhere, "Warmth" opens with an honest-to-goodness guitar solo, while the stomping "Blame" could be a collaboration with Imagine Dragons. When the band departs from Wild World's formula, the results are mixed; built on insistent bass and brass, "Send Them Off!" is one of the album's best and most distinctive moments, but the ballad "Two Evils" drags a bit. Nevertheless, Wild World proves that Bastille can build on their success with style. They're the kind of band that sounds better as they get bigger, and their thoughtful lyrics, jaunty melodies, and huge choruses could fill a Coldplay-shaped hole in listeners' hearts. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2019 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 9, 2016 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 9, 2016 | Virgin Records Ltd

Though their debut album, Bad Blood, was released in 2012 and their huge hit "Pompeii" dominated the airwaves in 2013, Bastille never really went away during the years that followed. Thanks to mixtapes like VS. and their consistent touring -- as well as their fondness for premiering songs in concert -- Wild World's arrival in 2016 felt more inevitable than surprising. Even so, the refinements they've made since Bad Blood are striking. Bastille have learned exactly what people want from them, and "Pompeii" provides the model for the album's punchy production and sharpened hooks (although none of them are quite as ingenious as that song's a cappella chant). Sometimes, the band borrows from the song blatantly: On "Snakes," Dan Smith prays for "the ground to swallow me whole," and when he asks "What's gonna be left of the world if you're not in it?" on "Good Grief," it echoes "Pompeii"'s questioning chorus, "How am I going to be an optimist about this?" More often, though, Wild World recaptures the way that song seized moments of joy in the face of disaster, whether it's the threat of a Donald Trump presidency ("The Currents") or getting older and giving up ("Lethargy"). Bastille expand on this template as much as they refine it, adding hints of R&B, dance, and rock to their anthemic pop. "Glory" is a standout, setting Smith's lilting vocals to stark, R&B-tinged verses before unleashing its massive choruses. Elsewhere, "Warmth" opens with an honest-to-goodness guitar solo, while the stomping "Blame" could be a collaboration with Imagine Dragons. When the band departs from Wild World's formula, the results are mixed; built on insistent bass and brass, "Send Them Off!" is one of the album's best and most distinctive moments, but the ballad "Two Evils" drags a bit. Nevertheless, Wild World proves that Bastille can build on their success with style. They're the kind of band that sounds better as they get bigger, and their thoughtful lyrics, jaunty melodies, and huge choruses could fill a Coldplay-shaped hole in listeners' hearts. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 7, 2014 | Virgin Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 9, 2018 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 2, 2019 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 9, 2017 | Atlantic Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 6, 2018 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 1, 2014 | Virgin Records

While fans waited for Bastille's second album, the band returned with another installment of its mixtape series, Other People's Heartache Pt. III. During the two years between this volume and December 2012's Other People's Heartache Pt. II, Bastille became a global chart juggernaut thanks to hits like "Pompeii," and their stardom is reflected in their collaborators this time around. Previously, they featured guests like Gabrielle Aplin; now, they're working with HAIM and Angel Haze. Despite the celebrity and the fact that this is the band's first commercially available mixtape, Other People's Heartache Pt. III retains most of the previous volumes' freewheeling experimentalism. The HAIM collaboration "Bite Down" is a standout, making the most of both parties' fondness for soaring vocals; elsewhere, Bastille explore the different facets of their lush synth pop, making it more lavish with the Gemma Sharples Quartet's help on "Fall into Your Arms" and futuristically sleek on "bad_news," a collaboration with Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and producer MNEK. The band's embrace of hip-hop feels and sounds genuine on "Weapon," where Angel Haze's relentless delivery gives their love of dramatic soundscapes a potent edge. Even the songs that sound more like Bad Blood, such as "Torn Apart" and "The Driver" (the collection's lone track credited to Bastille alone), have a looseness and immediacy that bodes well for the band's next album, and make the mixtape more than just a placeholder. ~ Heather Phares
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 18, 2017 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 25, 2019 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2014 | Virgin Records Ltd

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 4, 2019 | Virgin Records Ltd

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