Bloc Party - 'The Nextwave Sessions EP'

Bloc Party - 'The Nextwave Sessions EP'

Bloc Party aren’t very good at dealing with pressure. When the London band are up against it, they do silly things like follow up their seminal debut album, 2005’s ‘Silent Alarm’, with an anxious-sounding record like 2007’s ‘A Weekend...

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Bloc Party - 'Four'

Bloc Party - 'Four'

It’s 2005 and the ’80s post-punk revival is in full swing. The ‘wiry’ guitar sound reigns. The word ‘angular’ is used, on average, 25.3 times per NME. ‘New York Cool’ lives, The Rapture are the world’s hippest band and The...

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Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

This comeback is going rather well, isn’t it? Everyone’s getting along, Kele’s put his top on, and the primary colour scheme they’re using for the artwork is very JLS. ‘Octopus’ is a tune too, with its “wooh a wooh a wooh” chorus...

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Bloc Party - 'Day Four'

Bloc Party - 'Day Four'

Off the back of 'Octopus' comes 'Day Four'- the second single from Bloc Party's upcoming album 'Four'. In contrast to 'Octopus's spiky new wave, 'Day Four' finds Kele in soulful form, leading us to believe that 'Four' may lie between 'Intimacy'...

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Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

Bloc Party - 'Octopus'

Ah, the great return – and this time beyond the standard-issue Bloc punk-funk there’s a Russell riff that kind of is Daft Punk’s ‘Aerodynamic’ hook. No bad thing. But do Bloc Party mean anything any more? This song firmly, definitely...

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Live Review: Bloc Party

Live Review: Bloc Party

On first glance, it seemed these was the last rites for Bloc Party. Interview innuendos suggested tonight would mark their finale, or, at the very least, the severing of ties with disgruntled drummer Matt Tong. Yet as they cannon out defiant...

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Album Review: Bloc Party

Bloc Party

Album review: C’mon, be honest. ‘Intimacy’ was horrible, a chronic misstep from a band capable of conjuring blue magic in a second. Perhaps in an effort to regain some of the confidence they seem to have been losing – ‘Silent Alarm’...

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Bloc Party

Bloc Party

Something funny happened to Bloc Party around the release of ‘A Weekend In The City’ in 2007: they became insufferable bores. With debut album ‘Silent Alarm’ they rode the post-Franz wave of angular post-punk into new and exciting...

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Bloc Party

Bloc Party

Don’t know about you, but I find the psycho-rave pills Kele’s heroes must have popped before ‘Intimacy’ have made them one of the mightiest forces in rock today. Here, what could have been a standard Party rocker gets abducted by techno...

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Bloc Party

Bloc Party

Kangol hats all round: Bloc Party are ripping off another bit of the ’90s and we’re all going to sit here and listen to it because it’s innovative. That’s innovative, you hear? Cue four minutes of wailing from everyone’s favourite...

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