Even I found myself liking the more up-tempo songs on the album better. The pace doesn’t pick up until the 4th track,”Ivy & Gold,” which features a rolling drum beat and a jaunty tune. “Fairytale Lullaby” also pleases with its lovely acoustic guitar melody strumming throughout. Also great is “My God,” which progressively builds tension throughout with desperate sounding lyrics, a continuous piano note and trilling guitars. I only wish it had exploded in the end into a full on song with electric guitars and a drum kit.
The title track “Flaws” is beautiful with a female vocalist joining in and they do a nice cover of Joanna Newsom’s “Swansea.” I usually have trouble accepting covers, but Bombay Bicycle Club did it right. They added their own sound through humming and also added a great synth piano accompaniment.
If you want dreamy Brit pop with a vocalist that sounds like a hybrid of M. Ward and Devendra Banhart, this is a nice addition to the music library. But it must be appreciated for what it is: super low tempo, mellow music. Nothing more, nothing less.