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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 (20 Aug. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B0087YSP76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Fourth studio album by the British indie rock group. Their first full-length release since 2008's 'Intimacy', the album was produced by Alex Newport and features the single 'Octopus'. This deluxe edition also includes the bonus tracks 'Mean' and 'Leaf Skeleton'.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tom Belcher on 20 Aug. 2012
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After a three year hiatus Bloc Party have returned with their fourth album, imaginatively named...Four. Their first three efforts had all demonstrated different sides to the band. Silent Alarm was a fantastic and fresh take on indie-pop-rock; A Weekend In The City was far more progressive and moody; while Intimacy displayed Kele's bourgeoning love for electronic music. This tradition of evolution begged the question of where Bloc Party would take their sound on their `come-back' LP. The answer is that it returns the band to its roots without a synth in sight, but what the album lacks in innovation, it more than makes up for in inspiration, proving that relying solely on two guitars, a bass, drums and vocals needn't be a restriction on creative output. The songs on Four are packed with enticing guitar lines, first single, `Octopus', being a great example. It is certainly the bands heaviest album to date, with songs like `Kettling' and `We Are Not Good People' utilising grunge-inspired riffs. Fans who have been craving a Silent Alarm part 2 will find more to enjoy here than on AWITC or Intimacy. `V.A.L.I.S.' is just a super catchy slab of indie pop and `Truth' comes complete with infectious sing-along `Ooo Ooo Ooooos'. Slower songs like `Real Talk', and especially `Day Four', flaunt Bloc Party's gentler side and are beautifully written, adding an extra element to the album without sacrificing its intensity. Lyrically it is not Kele's strongest offering and there are a couple of easily forgettable tracks (`Team A' and `The Healing') but as a whole, `Four' can sit proudly in Bloc Party's catalogue. It may not be ground-breaking, but musically it is undoubtedly very rewarding.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. on 20 Aug. 2012
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On May 31st of this year, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke took to the internet. He began by apologizing for two not-very-funny jokes that had come in the months since Christmas 2010. One had suggested that he was booted from the band, and another suggested that an aging ex-Pearl Jam drummer had replaced mainstay Matt Tong. Neither of these hoax attempts were true - nor were they necessary. After the tour supporting their last album, 2008's Intimacy, Bloc Party found themselves at a creative standstill. Okereke thought the timing was right to "make a record that excites people in the clubs like M.I.A.'s XR2," as he put it. With a solo album and a dubstep EP behind him, Okereke explained that Bloc Party were indeed back together and had, in fact, just wrapped up recording their best record to date at Stratosphere Sound Studios in Manhattan.

Bloc Party has a strong following comprised of two types of fans: there are fans that embrace their constant evolution and fans that want them to record Silent Alarm over and over and over again. After listening to Four - an album Okereke says got its title not because it was the band`s fourth album, but rather because it was a raw sound of four guys playing in room together - this record will both satisfy fans from both camps, and alienate some fans from both camps. Interested in always evolving, Bloc Party ditched both of their former producers, Jackknife Lee and Paul Epworth, and recruited producer Alex Newport of Mars Volta fame. Newport suggested that Bloc Party make a record the old-fashioned way: no ProTools, no layering, no over-synthesized effects. The outcome is a record that, at times, rocks harder than anything that the band has ever done.

The lead single, "Octopus," finds the band renewed and revitalized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OsianL on 26 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
After a long hiatus there was a lot riding on this album for Bloc Party's rep as one of Britain's best Indie bands.
While perhaps the vision and ambition was there in their previous album (Intimacy), the song writing was poor and the songs often seemed cluttered. Four has no such problems. The songs vary between two extremes: heavy as hell balls to the wall fast paced short, snappy tunes (about as heavy as you can get without bringing in double kickers, start talking about the devil and ending lines with "NGHYEAAAAUUUUHHH" Hetfield style), and mellow, emotional and ethereal ballads This Modern Love style. The songs that fall in between the two extremes are the weaker tracks, but are by no means bad. Kele's voice has improved; something he showcases on tracks like 3x3, Day Four and The Healing. Four's lyrics are lightly political as they have occasionally been on other albums, but are mainly focused on difficult relationships and emotions.

I'd give this album a 9/10. Not sure if it is better than their first two albums, but it is definitely close.

For me, the standout tracks are- Day Four, Team A, The Healing and We Are Not Good People.

On a side note, the track on the bonus album 'Leaf Skeleton' is absolutely excellent. In the same way that the Silent Alarm (Bonus tracks) edition was worth buying just for Two More Years, the bonus track edition of Four is worth buying just for Leaf Skeleton.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 30 Aug. 2012
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Sticking my neck out here I have to confess to really liking Bloc Party's 'electronic phase' showcased on third album Intimacy, but I also find their constant drive to produce different sounding albums extremely refreshing, and therefore it's great to hear some proper rocking (Kettling/Coliseum) and more conventional guitar-based pop (Day Four), alongside more recognisable BP tunes such as Real Talk and 3x3. As other reviewers have commented, this album is quite hard to pin down, even after several listens, but it certainly shows a band at ease with themselves; both lyrically and musically, and willing to forge a sound that may alienate some fans but will assuredly move them along creatively and win many more.
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