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I'd say it's a pretty pointless release. Opinions? *gulp*
that's truly shit
and fucked everything up.
but god all Bloc Party songs sound the same.
made me smile
spot on :)
if there was a post of the year competition etc...
I miss the old post-punk revival days.
but it's nowhere near as good as anything from Silent Alarm
in the band's quest to become pop and dance and r&b and FUN!!!!! framed by kele's uber uber serious yelping voice and lyrics and the fact that ultimately they are still composing songs in their original, wiry, post-punk revivalist manner (which is also an incredibly serious way of doing things). they just don't have any of the tools to make a fun record, so instead it just bludgeons you with the most obvious attempts at fun and dancey ever and its just so horrible and contrived.
They really need to just stop, go away for a bit and recall what people liked them for - they're digging further and further down into obscurity and irrelevance.
In a way I suppose they're a victim of sites like this - I'd guess they're all net savvy lads - seeing indie types always calling for some sort of progression.
Thing is, real progress can't be shoe-horned so badly. And I really don't think they have the personality or charm (not to mention talent) of a Radiohead to have people stick out phases that don't quite appeal to them.
This track is actually interesting though. I mean, my issue with it is that it seems to be laced with all these melodies that are familiar to Bloc Party listeners. But the instrumentation is interesting enough. Not to my tastes but there's one killer bassy synth hook in there and as far as experimentation goes, they deserve a pat on the back.
But yeah, I fell in love with Silent Alarm and every album since that has seen them attempt to become more detatched from their original fanbase. AWITC was a big, bold, rock record which contained some very worthy BP tracks like the Prayer and I was originally swept away by it. But the novelty wore off after a while. Too brash, lyrics too sensitive and hollow. Intimacy was quite excellent on first listen and the brash sound of AWITC was coupled with the electronic influences to great effect on tracks such as One Month Off.
I think Silent Alarm created expectations of them which they have tried to avoid by going off in different tangents with each records. This latest track seems to be an attempt for them to leave the tag of indie in their wake. I'm all for progression too, but Bloc Party's type of progression seems to be one step sideways and one step backwards, rather than taking any forward steps in terms of quality or genre.
fucking hell this is awful. back to the nineties with that piano sound!
it's quite clearly a clever pastiche of the early-90s unreflective pastiche of the late-80s piano sound.
but this is complete guff....it sounds like they're trying to bypass the stage where their songs get remixed and instead create the remix as the original song....but this doesnt have half the energy or style of most the songs on the intimacy remixed album (which i also quite like)
dissapointing......the longer it goes on the more it feels like a pastiche. why couldnt they have just left it at intimacy.
Quite a bit although not as much as SA. I just don't get the hate it receives, its really got some good songs...
Ouch, That's bad. Are they really headlining the Other stage next week?
Same melodies, tempo, shitness, GET SOME NEW IDEAS.
And i loved silent alarm when it came out, im not just hating for the sake of it.
in which time I thought it was weak, but just about passable. However, I've just listened to OK Cowboy for the first time and it's startlingly evident how badly they've failed in their attempts to crossover into a intelligent electro/90s house field by comparison.
Silent Alarm I rate in the top 5, if not 3, of the 00s, and I'm sure I'll enjoy them when I see them at Reading. But their recorded output has dropped off to an upsetting extent and I can't see them getting it back any time soon.
What strikes me as especially odd is how Kele recently said in an interview that though they'd never make a record like Silent Alarm again (i.e. in terms of quality and acclaim) the band wanted to apparently go back to a similar sound and similar methods of recording. And now this.
It is becoming Kele Okereke & the Bloc Partys at this rate.
I chatted to him once, this one time, and formed this opinion despite the hair. He should put Kele in his place and get back to the Gang of Four riffs.
is a very nice man its true.
and goes straight for the annoyingly instructive jugular. DANCE! DANCE YOU FOOL! THIS IS HOUSE MUSIC! CANT YOU TELL?! Utter crap.
Nothing to get too excited about nor is it worthy of all the exaggerated comments made here.
I too would like to see Bloc Party take a breather and actually create some fresher material - and I think they can do it. That said, I don't loath 'Intimacy' as much as some - I just don't think it's thrilling either. Nothing Bloc Party has ever done has been anything less than alright but for a band with such initial promise, that does seem like a failure.
go and listen to the 'your visits are getting shorter' re-mix off the intimacy remixed album......its amazing..... more guts and energy and beauty in its first 30 seconds than this new one has in its entire run.......alas.
who thinks that Bloc Party have actually got better with every release :\
This track is fairly average, but IMO Intimacy had some of their best ever work in Halo, Trojan Horse, Better Than Heaven, Ion Square and Talons. It does a lot more for me than Silent Alarm.
was surprised to see them headlining the main stage actually, didn't realise they'd build a fanbase outside of the UK.
I've always wanted to like this band more than I actually do, everytime I've seen them my mind has wandered towards what to get for takeaway on the way home far too early ;-(
although it may sound trite, i like the fact they are ever-expanding, if not necessarily ever-improving . a nice little radio single made for some fun of a late summer evening. people take this band a little too seriously (even though i'm sure thats what Kele once wanted) but haven't we all made mistakes? lighten up all :)
though I agree wholeheartedly with other people about the odd mix of serious vocals and lighthearted piano stabs, it's not all that terrible.
Still, all of Silent Alarm >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> this
and I'm being blown away. You have the obvious tunes like Helicopter, but tracks like Blue Light make the album what it is.
put silent alarm on last week, its soooo good, and i was ready to believe they had brilliance left in them
Then I heard this, I can understand that they dont want to be 'just a rock band' but they've gone from being a great rock band to a terrible dance act
well done, you've proven you can write a rubbish dance track, can we have some riffs back?
Listened to Silent Alarm and Elephant for the first time, all the way through, in maybe eighteen months and three years respectively.
I was astounded at how tremendous they both were. I always remembered Silent Alarm lagging towards the end but, beyond Plans which does little for me, it holds a staggeringly strong line throughout. I'd probably give it a 9.5/10
Which are just unpleasant to listen to. But the rest of the album is pretty good quality in my opinion. Signs, Biko, Trojan Horse and Better Than Heaven are brilliant. If they'd put Flux and Emma Kate's Accident on there I reckon it would be more highly regarded.
The new one is... weird. Melodically it's very forgettable and I just don't get the keyboards. Also I can't help but me reminded of the Pet Shop Boys' song of the same name...
...are so terrible and misguided that I can't quite fathom how its creators didn't recognise this when so many others do. Someone, somewhere, somehow - it's not even neccessary that you're human or from this planet; all you need is to be able to tell Kele that his new (instantly dated) musical direction is utter shite. Because it's not like they're being threatened at knife point to churn out such melodramtic, forgettable, cheesy rubbish. They're under no obligation to be shit. They possess talent.
It boggles the mind. I might just write a letter to Kele or something. What do you guys think? Is it worth it? I just assume there's at least one person in Kele's life who is able to take him to one side, snap the disc containing his new songs that he was holding in his hand, and say; 'Kele. NO.'
It's not just a new direction, but one which contradicts what made them great in the first place. Kele once sang with intense sincerity, now he yelps smugly and loudly and annoyingly; Russel and Kele's intertwining guitars created a splintered edgy sound that I found fresh, now they create overblown contrived empty explorations into electronic dance music.
Anyone who truly likes the second and third albums is a cunt who deserves to die. Or, okay, okay, doesn't deserve to die, but didnt value the band's originality in the first place and so whose opinion of anything post Silent Alarm should not be regarded.
Current Bloc Party's only value is to have their songs remixed into superior versions by anyone who tries.
Just..Bloc Party, all of you get together in front of a mirror, hold eachother's hands if you must, and ask yourselves if you are not wasting your talent and time making such worthless garbage. It's weird, Kele always comes across as way too self conscious in interviews, as though he's more concerned at not wanting to appear as something he's not, rather than just relaxing and being what he is. The melodrama...I don't get that.
The supposed experimentation is exactly like he's so opposed to being just a four piece indie band. He goes on about it all the time. If Radiohead's Kid A is basic cheesy stuff compared to Autechre, what on Earth is Bloc Party's foray into electronica?
Shit, yeah, I know.
It's like; why is Kele singing with zero emotion? Because he's happy! Why does the music sound so uninspired and forced and generic and SHIT? Because his other bandmates are so depressed with their said existence in this sad band alongside this sad frontman creating such shite, that it saps all their hope and ambition.
What a waste of time. They don't deserve this thread, they don't deserve me caring, they don't deserve anyone's time, patience or money. Kele has said he always wanted them to be a modern band. Well done! You are!
'sad existence'. 'sad'.
Silent Alarm was just one of the first albums I truly liked/loved; they were a band what did for me what other bands didn't. I thought they'd honestly be the new Radiohead, if that doesn't sound crap enough.
and it so shits over this lamentable thing.
it wouldn't be completely horrible if it didn't have the cheesy house piano, but I'm so fucking sick and tired of trying to find ways to redeem their post-SA output that I'm going to continue to hate it purely out of spite.
but not as interesting.
'Bloc Party Shreds'
So stagnant now... They need ot take some timeout instead of turning over quantized soul-less shit like this.
Although it's just programmed. It's the guitars. They always tend to do these simple, obvious riffs these days which underline most songs. They are actually what annoy me most. Plus, the drummer used to play great beats. They have completely disappeared, makin place instead now instead what always annoyed me with house: the dumb house beat.
yes! why do they seem to be trying to phase out their (pretty good) drummer in favour of some really generic drum machine beats?
....used to be good on silent alarm. since then they have matured into massive cuntwagons and are just fucking terrible. that kele fella is a massive boring tit.
that's a record I fell in love with.
It's fair to say that their 'dance' direction isn't to everyone's taste. I kinda like it. I loved Intimacy at first, but time as dulled it somewhat. Ditto AWITC. But I can still go to Silent Alarm now and be blown away by it.
I don't know what to make of them anymore. I still like them, but it still seems like there's so much potential there that's going untapped.
to think this band actually amounted to something once. now, this isn't the case.
Fair play for experimentalism, but they now do it in the most teeth-grindingly obvious way...
And the songwriting's as weak as ten. Sounds like the album is split between pointless, inferior retreads of the 'SA' singles, and the laughable attempts at electronica on 'AWITC'.
Haven't listened to this new track yet. The prospect does not excite me at all. This classic Smithsy indie-rock sound mixed with synths and drum loops mash-up will be perfected by someone someday, with better songs/dignity.
Having said that, I like 'Talons' - I think that is one of the better examples of their ambition.