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The London foursome bring together punk and funk, love and politics on this wondrously fun and emotional 2005 debut. Silent Alarm rockets right out of the gate: Its first four tracks, undeniable highlights all, are driven by a taut, propulsive rhythm section. A duo of chiming guitars intertwines, and Kele Okereke's yelps build the tension, which eventually explodes on syncopated dance punk anthem "Banquet." The band then slowly unwinds with "Blue Light" and "This Modern Love," the kind of big, dramatic ballads that have the power to make you dance while you cry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London foursome bring together punk and funk, love and politics on this wondrously fun and emotional 2005 debut. Silent Alarm rockets right out of the gate: Its first four tracks, undeniable highlights all, are driven by a taut, propulsive rhythm section. A duo of chiming guitars intertwines, and Kele Okereke's yelps build the tension, which eventually explodes on syncopated dance punk anthem "Banquet." The band then slowly unwinds with "Blue Light" and "This Modern Love," the kind of big, dramatic ballads that have the power to make you dance while you cry.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

691 Ratings

My Album Review of Silent Alarm

Concert Guy,

Indie Rock could be defined by many albums this year but the fact is in my book that this was one of the best. I will rate the songs as they blast out of my computer. First of All I bought this around April and it was at an Independent record store which all people should support. Like Eating Glass- 7 1/2 stars- really fun just pretty average the end is the best part. Helicopter- 8 1/2 stars- astonishing but gets old after you've listened to it a thousand times. Positive Tension-8 1/2 stars- great bass riff interesting lyrics and one swear word make this song amazing! I cant figure out why parental advisory though Banquet- 9 stars - Like many of you this is why i bought the album I love the verses just not the chorus as much but still proves to be great after many listens. Blue Light- 9 stars- You know what I really like this song slow yet gets this awesome celtic like guitar going through it. She's Hearing Voices- 7 stars- Im sry guys but this is my least fav song on the record not as solid as I was hoping. This Modern Love- 9 stars- One Word Fun, Do you want to come over and kill some time this is truly the lyric that makes bloc party a art rock band. The Pioneers- 7 stars- Okay just not my fitting Price of Gasoline- 8 stars- I like the tropical guitar sound it feels pretty sweet after you listen to it but not one of my favorites. Little Thoughts- 9 1/2 stars- WoW i was unbelievably graced by this song and I am thankful. This was one hell of a song So Here We Are- 10 stars- Hauntingly beautiful is the only way I can describe this song loved it and still do there is no song that can capture the essence of this album like So here we are. Favorite song Luno- 10 stars- Only reason I am giving this ten stars is because of the chorus brilliantly done and fast as Gordon mumbles Luno under Kele's Voice I was dancing as fast as I could. My favorite part of the album was the chorus. But I wasnt to big on the fuzzed out bass even though it sounded good just wasnt my thing all the time. But on the Remix album Death from Above 1979 did a splendid job and I was actually suprised. Plans- 8 1/2 stars you know what this was a great song for the guitar solo and that was it really but still great. Compliments- 9 1/2 stars- Its nice to finish off the album with one of your fav songs isnt it well Compliments to me was losing my friends to drugs and drinking and it is nothing else except a beautiful droning noise in the background. The Album: Final Moment Drum Roll Please.... 9 1/2 stars I loved this album its just a fact even though there was some cons there was more pros

Oh, one of "those records".

The Girl From Back Then,

When I first picked up Bloc Party, it was from sheer curiosity from the buzz at 2005's Coachella. I was not disappointed. Silent Alarm is so good, it's a little bit scary. I started off hooked on three or four songs and soon I found myself lovng the entire album. Listening to the record straight through is never, ever a problem. Yeah, it's one of those albums. Though Bloc Party has been labeled as one of the indie children of the new wave revolution--they are so much more. Their sound is unique and has purpose; the lyrics constantly question the expectations that surround our daily lives ("Luno") or the state of world politics ("Helicopter"). The vocals of Kele Okereke will impress you everytime you listen and the band is so right on, you'll be hooked from the first track.

About Bloc Party

Equally inspired by Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Gang of Four, and the Cure, East London art punkers Bloc Party mix angular sonics with pop structures. Consisting of singer/guitarist Kele Okereke, guitarist Russell Lissack, bassist/singer Gordon Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, the band was formerly known as Angel Range and Union before settling on Bloc Party. Okereke and Lissack met each other through mutual friends at the Reading Festival, and discovered that they had musical tastes as well as friends in common. Tong and Moakes soon joined their collaboration, and under the name Union, the quartet issued a demo in early 2003; later that year, they switched their name to Bloc Party.

The group's demo and concerts began to attract attention from both the press and their peers; Okereke sent a copy of the demo to Franz Ferdinand, who invited them to play at the Domino tenth anniversary bash in fall 2003. Early the following year, the band released one of the demo's tracks, "She's Hearing Voices," as a single on Trash Aesthetics. A few months later, Banquet/Staying Fat arrived on Moshi Moshi. That spring, Bloc Party signed to Wichita to release their full-length album in the U.K., and to Dim Mak for U.S. distribution. The band spent summer 2004 recording and touring. Late that summer, Bloc Party, which collected the band's first two singles, arrived in the States.

Their debut album, Silent Alarm, appeared early in 2005 and was released by Vice Records in the States to widespread acclaim. Later that year, Silent Alarm Remixed capitalized on the band's burgeoning popularity, as did the 2006 EP Helicopter. A Weekend in the City, Bloc Party's second proper album, followed in 2007. A Weekend in the City leaked onto the Internet months before the album's street date, which inspired Bloc Party to issue their third album, Intimacy, online in late summer 2008; the album was released on compact disc that fall. Late in 2009, Bloc Party went on hiatus and Okereke began working on songs on his own, moving to Berlin and collaborating with producers Hudson Mohawke and XXXchange in New York on a solo album. In 2010, the single Tenderoni arrived, revealing that Okereke's solo work was more dance-oriented than his music with Bloc Party. His full-length debut, The Boxer, arrived in summer 2010. Meanwhile, Moakes formed a side project, Young Legionnaire, with the Automatic's Paul Mullen and La Roux's William Bowerman.

The following year, Bloc Party reunited to record their fourth album; that July, the lead single "Octopus" showed that the band had returned to the angular, guitar-heavy sound of its earlier work. Four arrived in August 2012. Tong left the band during its summer 2013 tour, and Bloc Party went on hiatus once the promotional duties for Four were finished. The band's contribution to !K7's mix series Tapes, which featured cuts by Wiley, Junior Boys, and Fela Kuti, arrived the following October. Early in 2015, Moakes announced that he had left Bloc Party. When the band returned that August, it included new members Justin Harris -- formerly of the band Menomena -- on bass and Louise Bartle on drums. The group's fifth album, Hymns, which featured a soulful, groove-driven rock approach, arrived in January 2016. ~ Heather Phares

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