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Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as Mogwai, The Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth,[1] and in their more recent work, Radiohead.

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0009H9YL0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EternalBroadcaster on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is astounding music. Energetic but calming, spikey but ethereal.

At it's essence it is pop music, but it has an intelligence to it that cannot be overlooked. And surprisingly for a British guitar band, it isn't a rye, 'knowing' type of intelligence. Yes, Kele Okereke and his band take themselves very seriously, and yes they do look like archetypal students, but this debut is proof that they are making some the most sophisticated guitar pop in music today. The new album has a slightly bigger sound, and the themes are more urban. This album is different, the cover-art captures the shimmeringly austere sounds that are burned onto the disc.

One of my favourite records of the past 5 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
i think this album is superlative. it's raw, it's edgy, it's fusion, there are so many influences at work in this album that it's exhilarating to hear - you know that the musicians have listened to a lot of different music, and they have a lot of ideas. it's original, it's interesting, it's honest, it's very very british, seeming to come from that same ska-punk-fusion late 70s-early 80s approach, if not the sound (kele okereke's voice has the 'punk' sound, but the rest of the music crosses boundaries, some of the drumming sounding drum-and-bassish without ever falling into the trap) - there are bits of this album which make me think of kate bush at her finest moments, as strange as it may sound - totally original, thoughtful, serious, dedicated, visionary, idiosyncratic musicianship, never flawless (but who wants flawless?) - an excellent album, on first hearing i felt that a couple of the last tracks were noticeably weaker than the rest of the album, although i love the final track (compliments). the album works as a whole since the more melodic tracks act as relief against the harsher sounding, deep tracks with heavy bass and crazy guitar riffs and drum battering and these keening vocals wailing over the top. i don't listen to hype, i'm not into any one scene, i have a wide variety of tastes and in my opinion this is a great album. and i don't like franz ferdinand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. D. M. Naish on 20 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Have you heard any Bloc Party?"
"No, who do they sound like?"
"Um..."
Bloc Party have produced an excellent album here. Edgy opener 'Like Eating Glass' sets the tone, with Kele Okerere's unique voice grabbing your attention immediately. Songs such as 'Helicopter' (which is becoming a bit of a cult classic - at least where I am!) and 'Luno' show off some thoroughly individual-sounding, upbeat indie, whilst the slower songs, particularly 'This Modern Love', are very relaxing, somewhat romantic and prove some versatility.
Lyrics are also great - again, 'Helicopter' stands out, as it's an effective, wry and subtle attack on George W. Bush, and also 'Price of Gasoline', an angry anti-Iraq war message ("The price of gas keeps on rising/Nothing comes for free").
Bloc Party show intelligence, enthusiasm and a unique sound - let's hope for more British music like this, to save of from some of the very poor music being hyped at the moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Hirst on 15 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
When i first heard of Bloc Party, i thought they would be a small understated group who produced average music. On buying the album i didnt expect that much, despite the hype. After listening to the album several times it dawned on me that this group really were something special. Each track is sprawling with raw energy and edge. There is so much determination and ambition in these songs that i know they are going to get bigger and bigger.
In my oppinion, Bloc Party are the most talented new indie band, with such a diverse and individual sound, they are set for a long and successfull career contributing more fantastic music to the brittish scene. Expect big things, and make sure you have a copy of thsi album. When you need cheering up, or just feel really excited... stick this on and jump around the room to the raw sound of %100 pure indie rock!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "jbrindle-burnley_uk" on 20 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
From the moment I put silent alarm into my cd player and the thumping opener 'like eating glass' almost blew my speakers i knew i would love this album. Its the drummer, matt, who really drives this record, his drumming often quite extraordinary. For a first album this is a massive achievement, effortlessly mixing anthemic rock songs (banquet, helicopter), towering and beautiful epic tracks (so here we are, this modern love, pioneers) and insanely frenetic songs which leave you slightly dazed but in a good way (price of gasoline, she's hearing voices). Talk of filler in some reviews is only true at the albums closing moments, the only obstacle to silent alarm being a true classic. This is though, easily the best debut of the year and leaves the listener salivating for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N.W. Coast on 18 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
With the upcoming release of Bloc Party's second album, I thought I might give a review of the album after a long period of reflection, just for all of you have still not bought it yet (why not?!).

My opinion (as it was the first time I heard the opening to "Like Eating Glass") is that this is the freshest, most exciting debut of recent years. The pumping bass and frenetic drums set the pace for this album, essentially providing the bundled-up nervous energy that fuels it, whilst the guitar gives a very different feel from most (if not all) "indie" albums I can call to mind. This musical ensemble provides the perfect backdrop to the desperation of these most haunting of lyrics, and the result is, in most cases, perfection itself (except, for me, Luno, Plans and Compliments, which, whilst not out of place, are certainly not as accomplished pieces).

For the sake of interest, my favourite track is "Like Eating Glass".

As for a recommendation, I would suggest this album to anyone, and, provided you're willing to make an investment in it (i.e. listen to it repeatedly), it should at some stage dawn on you that this is one of the most beautiful achievements in modern music.

However, a word of warning: this is not a band to be lumped in with your Kaiser Chiefs and Franz Ferdinands - this is clever, arty music, which may make difficult listening for some. Some of the criticism of Bloc Barty as just another one of those indie bands is misplaced - you must bear in mind that, despite having gone platinum in the UK, Bloc Party are a very leftfield band, and whilst their music is terrific, it is music for art's sake, not necessarily designed to be for general consumption.
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