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Silent Alarm

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bloc Party Has Already Created The Album Of The Year

    I'm going to be straightforward here: this is already looking to be the album of the year. Yes, not even two months through the year, I feel comfortable saying this. Bloc Party has slowly built up an underground following through their stunning singles and EPs including Banquet, Little Thoughts, and She's Hearing Voices. Their album finally shows best what they're capable of, and that would be alot. The album opens with the track "Like Eating Glass", one wavy guitar note eventually coupled by what seems to be desparate drums. The song quickly sets the tone for the album: deep, layered, and contemplative. It is also here where lead singer Kele Okereke's lyrical talent is shown as he pelts out "I can't eat, I can't sleep/I can't sleep, I can't dream." The album continues with "Helicopter", a frantic surge of personal politics which of course, in indie musical form, is hardly decipherable, yet still somehow piercing. Next comes "Postivie Tension" written by Kele after watching Pop Idol (the British American Idol). He almost angrily sings "You're just as boring as everyone else/When you tut and you moan and you squeal and you squelch." "Blue Light" and "This Modern Love" show a softer side to Bloc Party. This is especially true on "This Modern Love" which might be the high point of this album. Russell and Kele's flowing guitar lines are accompanied by such observant and true lyrics, escpecially at the finish when Kele notes "Would you like to come over and kill some time?" This modern love, indeed. "Banquet" and "She's Hearing Voices" are rerecorded and included on the album as well. "She's Hearing Voices" feels much more spacious and dark esecially during the second chorus and guitar groove when Kele drones "She's got a red pill/blue pill." "Pioneers", a brilliant work of art where Kele screams "We promised the world we'd tame it/What were we hoping for?", "Price Of Gas", a criticism on the war no doubt, and "So Here We Are", a brilliant, soft song that one can't help but be touched by, start out the second half of the album. These are followed by the amazingly frantic "Luno", the touchingly tribal "Plans", and unbelievable epic "Compliments", to finish off the album. The work on this album lies not only in the lyrics, which are brilliant anyway, but also in the musical work. Bloc Party's album, "Silent Alarm", has managed to layer different guitar notes and lines and echoes and drum and bass lines like I have never heard before. Brilliance abounds on this album whether it be in Russell's thoughtful, brilliant, and well-placed guitars, Gordon's hidden yet song-supporting bass lines, or Matt Tong's absolutely stunning drum work. This album is simply amazing and truly must be heard to be believe. Buy it, now. I'm not kidding, either. Now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good, but not groundbreaking

    Great band with a punk/underground sound, start stop rhythms, and a unique vocalist. Definitely a good band. If you are British, then this is the band you MUST listen to in order to fit in. Right now, this band is to the Brit indie scene what Coldplay is to the that of Britpop.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    actually good

    I am quite leery about buying CDs from bands that get a lot of hype, especially from the UK because that means that any of your garden varity hipsters will be on it like white on rice. But after hearing their concert at the 9:30 Club webcast on NPR, I decided to give them another try and found that I simply can't put the CD down, my favorite song being POSITIVE TENSION. It doesn't exactly live up to the hype (nothing does), but taken out of that context and put on its own terms, it is a pretty good album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Starts off good, and then slows down

    I borrowed this album from my friend, and read this is a really good album. I listen to the first 5 songs, and they all sounded amazing. After the 5th song, I was just like "This is starting to get really slow, but I'm gonna try to listen to it again some other time. So I think a fourstar is a fair rating. Thank You, bye bye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing...........

    Songs grow on you after you listen to it a few times. All the songs are amazing, i highly recommend it...........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great stuff

    I agree with Randall that too many bands these days are a product of marketing, but this is NOT one. The Bravery, maybe. But this album is fantastic. Moody vocals, tight drums, emotion, it is all here. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It is more than a single or two surrounded by fluff. Despite this band's commercial success lately, these guys have produced a solid album with only a few forgettable tracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Six Strings and A Public Relations Specialist

    Critics do go through phases. They miss early White Stripes and Hives, finally get hipped that the early 80s underground was an exciting time and place, and then belatedly start touting every new sordid mess of a record that comes shooting out of the pipeline. This is one of those sordid messes, waving a flag of acceptable influences but essentially nothing but pop dance radio tunes with no relation to the Hip 80s Revival which has given us so many great albums. Bloc Party is to Interpol and its ilk as the Bumblebee Song was to Nevermind. So, really, never mind.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this album now

    I've been hearing about this band for some time now, and became slightly worried that they'd not live up to the hype. I was wrong. They reach levels of synergy that few bands could even understand and their precise timing leads me to think that they've been together for decades. Without getting into the specifics, trust me, if you're a fan of music, especially rock, you'll be treating yourself with this album here. By the way, they are on tour and the demand is growing so grab those tix. See you there.

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