Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

Bloc PartySo you may want to know why I want to talk about an album that’s been out for over a year and a half, especially when Bloc Party are finishing up their second album. Well the reason is, it’s an amazing album that I listen to constantly. More than half the songs here are on my “Current” playlist of about 200 tunes that I listen to every day at work or in the car. Other reasons? Well Matt Tongs is probably the best drummer I’ve heard in years, his frantic style is just amazing to listen to. The rest of the band are really tight and have a really developed sound based around the usual bass/guitar/drums/vocals combo. But there’s something else, usually with a band like Bloc Party I’d rave about them for a few months, then gradually get over them, but not here. There’s something that continually draws me to these songs.

The first track “Like Eating Glass” is brilliant, the drone start giving way to a pounding drum assault and a catchy chorus. “Helicopter” has this riff which anchors the song prefectly. “Positive Tension” starts of being powered by a great bass riff before a really powerful riff signals the end of the song. “Banquet” has a thunder drum intro before a beautifully harmonised chorus. After this there’s the gentler “Blue Light” and dissappointing “She’s Hearing Voices”. “The Pinoeers” kicks the quality back up with more great drumming (there’s a theme here).

“Price of Gasoline” is a Gang of Four-esque stomper all shoutyness and tight druming and bass playing (and contain’s the band’s most overt political lyrics); “So Here We Are” is probably the most gentle song on the album, all shimmering guitars and scattershot beats. The bonus track “Two More Years” is just another great tune, that’s stuck in my head for months. Maybe it’s the production or just the complete quality of the band. All I know is that there’s a half-dozen brilliant songs on this album that I’m gonna absolutely love for a long time.

Bloc Party – Banquet

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  1. I was just listening to this album the other night. You’re right about Matt Tongs, he’s one mighty fine drummer.




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