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Still yet to be convinced,
This review is from: Four (Audio CD)
I wasn't sure what to expect when I hit play on this album - I had heard Octopus, which is catchy enough, but knowing that Bloc Party are quite keen on change, I wasn't banking on a album full of similar tracks, and I wasn't wrong. I listened to the whole album once through, sat back, and I felt somewhat deflated. As wildly different from each other as Bloc Party's three previous albums have been, not a single one of them has failed to blow me away on the first listen. I remember when I first popped Intimacy into my laptop being stunned not only by how different it was to AWITC, but also by how much I instantly loved it. I had a similar experience listenting to Silent Alarm when I first disovered the band.
And yet, Four fails to evoke the same reaction. Instrumentally it is a fine album, there are a few great tracks (Real Talk, Team A) and duff tracks (V.A.L.I.S), but that's the case with a lot of albums. However, for me there is something still missing which I can't quite put my finger on yet. I've continued to listen to the album and it has grown on me somewhat. Perhaps I will identify the missing ingredient, or the album's qualities will become more clear to me with time, but until then I cannot say this album ranks as highly in my books as their previous works.