After breaking onto the scene with 2005's refreshing Dance/Rock crossover album `Silent Alarm', Kele Okereke and the band followed it up with this brave change in direction. The album is more lyrically astute than its predecessor, and to a certain extent it sacrifices some of the blistering guitar and drum led rhythms; however that is no bad thing, as Kele gets to stamp his own fierce identity on proceedings whilst railing against social injustice and the moral majority's loosening grip on our society in the noughties. The Rocky edge of Silent Alarm has partially given way to electronic sensibilities, and in songs such as `Hunting for Witches' and `Prayer', Kele's plaintive vocals lodge themselves in your head; the sparse synths and drum machines underpinning the lyrics and providing a haunting, hypnotic feel.
Although not as immediate and accessible as its predecessor; this CD potentially has more longevity, and should ensure that the spiky, earnest, and passionate Bloc Party are here to stay.
The album also contains bonus track `Flux'; released prior to the album it's a frantic electro/pop anthem that is also a bold statement of defiance and intent.
The DVD contains three music videos (detailed above) and a live performance at the Reading Festival. Good value for money and a superb follow-up album.