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2 Sides Of The Bloc,
This review is from: Silent Alarm (Audio CD)
Without trying to sound pretentious or "cool", i knew about Bloc Party from early on. Hearing them on Zane Lowe's show on Radio 1 about a year ago, i rose from my seat, and instantly loved the angry yet cool "banquet". I have watched the career with great interest ever since, hanging on to every single release, and with "Little Thoughts" and "Hellacopter" fuelling my fire, i couldn't wait for the album. But I had to, 4 so bloody long!
When it was finally released, the inevitable dissappointment of such a hyped record set it. although the album has some absolute stormers within it, namely the 3 aformentioned tracks, as well as "She's Hearing Voices" and the incredible "Luno", which is living in my MP3 player for a long time to come. These tracks are wonderfully angst-ridden, hard-edged, and involving. Which is where problems arise.
With such potential, why do they then spend the majority of the album on much softer, weaker tunes, that although are acceptable, just seem to slow the pace of the record, and give a distinct feeling of anti-climax. If softer, more down-tempo is your thing, try "Turin Brakes: The Optimist LP", or "Radiohead: Kid A". These CD's, too be honest, do it much better. Their new single, "So Here We Are", isn't really a reflection to the public of Bloc Party's potential.
Overall, the CD is a tale of two styles, and unfortunately, the weaker style seems to be more predominant. for the stand-out tracks which are edgy, catchy and vigorous, the CD is worth the purchase. But savour these tracks, as they are sparse. So much potential, I hope Bloc Party expand on this potential!