Single Review: Bastille – Good Grief

Bastille Good Grief

Bastille finally return with first single of second album
Finally! The Bastille guys are back! The British band had their big breakthrough in 2013 when their single ‘Pompeii’ became a worldwide hit. They continued to release oustanding singles like ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ from their first record Bad Blood. Around a year later they surprised with their remix mash up release ‘Of The Night’, which became a big hit in the UK too. After that, things got rather silent, but now they are finally back for the first official single, taken from their upcoming second album. The track is called ‘Good Grief’ and it sure sounds like a hit.

The world fell in love with Bastille for their bombastic pop with insanely catchy hooks and this is still hearable in ‘Good Grief’. The production is a little more subtle this time around with a funky bass, hand claps and some electronic touches here and there. The track as a whole is an earworm, but I have to admit the ‘watching through my fingers’ hook is stronger than the actual chorus with the ‘I miss you’ repetitions. Lyrically the track deals with a break up and the following heartbreak, but does so in a more uplifting way than usual. “What’s gonna be left of the world if you’re not in it?” is a sweet lyric that sums up the message of the track nicely. ‘Good Grief’ might not be the edgy single some would have hoped for, but it is catchy enough to creep up to people’s memories and become a sleeper hit.

Update: Bastille launched the video for ‘Good Grief’ and it is four minutes of wondering what the hell is going on, but in a brilliant way!

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