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Four [Deluxe Edition]

Bloc PartyAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as Mogwai, The Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth,[1] and in their more recent work, Radiohead.

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B008CJ4UUM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So He Begins To Lie
2. 3x3
3. Octopus
4. Real Talk
5. Kettling
6. Day Four
7. Coliseum
8. V.A.L.I.S.
9. Team A
10. Truth
11. The Healing
12. We Are Not Good People
13. Mean (bonus track)
14. Leaf Skeleton (bonus track)

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Sonically, ''Octopus'' takes the band back to the earliest days of ''Silent Alarm'', the group's 2005 debut. Despite the hectic guitars, lead singer Keke Okereke's strained voice, and the overall upbeat tempo, the track is pure rock 'n' roll, making a swift change from Bloc Party's last release, 2008's ''Intimacy'', which found the band in more electronic territory. --Billboard.com

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Bloc Party will release their first new album in four years, entitled FOUR, on August 21st via Frenchkiss Records. Produced by Alex Newport (The Mars Volta, AtThe Drive-In, Polysics), the album was recorded and mixed in New York City, and is the band's first full-length since 2008's acclaimed Intimacy. Along with this exciting news, the band have announced a string of European, U.S. and festival appearances following a two year absence from the stage, which will give fans the first opportunity to hear new material from their forthcoming album, as well as classic tracks from the band's ten year history. The overwhelming demand for the band has resulted in sold out shows across the globe. Bloc Party has released three full length albums, including their Mercury Prize nominated debut, Silent Alarm, helping to shape the sound of modern British guitar music.

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pitchfork Schmitchfork! Fantastic Indie Guitar Record! August 21, 2012
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On May 31st of this year, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke took to the internet. He began by apologizing for two not-very-funny jokes that had come in the months since Christmas 2010. One had suggested that he was booted from the band (he explained that he himself created the lie and it got out of control), and another suggested that an aging ex-Pearl Jam drummer had replaced mainstay Matt Tong. Neither of these hoax attempts were true - nor were they necessary. After the tour supporting their last album, 2008's Intimacy, Bloc Party found themselves at a creative standstill. Okereke thought the timing was right to "make a record that excites people in the clubs like M.I.A.'s XR2," as he put it. With a solo album and a dubstep EP behind him, Okereke explained that Bloc Party were indeed back together and had, in fact, just wrapped up recording their best record to date in Manhattan.

Bloc Party has a strong following comprised of two types of fans: there are fans that embrace their constant evolution and fans that want them to record Silent Alarm over and over and over again. After listening to Four - an album Okereke says got its title not because it was the band`s fourth album, but rather because it was a raw sound of four guys playing in room together - this record will both satisfy fans from both camps, and alienate some fans from both camps. Interested in always evolving, Bloc Party ditched both of their former producers, Jackknife Lee and Paul Epworth, and recruited producer Alex Newport of Mars Volta fame. Newport suggested that Bloc Party make a record the old-fashioned way: no ProTools, no layering, no over-synthesized effects. The outcome is a record that, at times, rocks harder than anything that the band has ever done.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Reinvigorated Bloc Party Returns.... August 21, 2012
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Bloc Party's recent release, FOUR, is aptly named: it's been four years since their last album, the band's personnel consists of four core members, and after all, this is their fourth studio album. It comes after a two-year self-imposed hiatus that found members of Bloc Party dabbling in other projects briefly (notably, lead singer Kele Okereke's electronic-dance record THE BOXER). After the band's 3rd album INTIMACY, the break seems to have rejuvenated the band's music and energy. With help from producer Alex Newport (who has helped with At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta, and City and Colour), FOUR has an energy and immediacy that hasn't been heard in Bloc Party since their debut.

Where more indie-rock groups have decidedly gone more electronic in recent times, Bloc Party's FOUR is raw in comparison. Even with the beginning of the album, the band has taken an approach that is messy and streamlined: "So He Begins to Lie" gives a false start before launching into the song proper. The track leads into "3x3," a song that picks up the pace even further. The album-promoting single "Octopus" serves as a highlight of the album, and it's a good representative sample for the rest of the album (guitar-centric, with the vocalist pleading with his trademark vocals). FOUR's first downtempo song, "Real Talk" is a great detour that veers in some unexpected places. The Philip K. Dick-inspired "V.A.L.I.S." is a decent enough song, but it's head-bobbing, hand-clapping beat is infectious. The lyrics here aren't nearly as revealing or heartbreaking as they were on previous albums (particularly A WEEKEND IN THE CITY), with much of the content here focusing on anarchy and paranoia.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh September 19, 2012
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This is my least favorite Bloc Party album. Even after multiple listens, it hasn't grown on me all that much. My least favorite tunes are the ones in which they try a harder rock feel; it doesn't really suit them. My three favorite songs on this release are Octopus, Truth, and V.A.L.I.S.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars unmemorable and under-produced September 16, 2012
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I love Bloc Party. I've been hooked since Silent Alarm and thought the way they successfully fused electronica and punk on 'Intimacy' was groundbreaking. 'Weekend in the City' was a pretty good album even if the B-sides were better than a lot of the official tracks. Regardless, they've always pushed themselves in new directions. Up 'til this album, anyway.

Frontman Kele Okereke has emphasized in interviews how 'Four' is just about four guys just jamming it out in the studio. He isn't lying: the production is minimal, the tracks go off in all sorts of directions (sometimes quite heavy) and there's nary a trace of their usual electronic influences to be found. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as a mediocre Bloc Party jam session is better than most band's best efforts, but by this post-punk foursome's standards they are phoning it in. The whole album smells of contractual obligation to me.

That's not to say there aren't good songs on here. Your mileage may vary (as evidenced by other reviews here) but for my money I find 'Real Talk', 'Kettling' and 'VALIS' quite enjoyable, while stuff like the opener 'So He Begins To Lie' feel derivative and forgettable. Mediocrity from Bloc Party? Say it ain't so!

There are tracks I dig on this album but I feel like the production (can it be called that? it literally sounds like they just turned on the soundboard and started playing) doesn't serve them well. Kele's got one of those unique voices that has to be handled carefully, and here it is too often buried in the mix or standing out above everything else, and not in a good way.

After several years full of rumors of the band's demise, I'm glad to see an album from them in any form.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow-up to their first album, even if its 3 more later!
If you like Bloc Party's first album, which is simply brilliant, then you'll love this one too. Following in the same vain, but sufficiently more complex and deep to add enough... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony A in the USA
5.0 out of 5 stars Album rocks
It alternates between slightly aggressive rock sounds and lighter ballads, but entertaining from start to finish. Read more
Published 8 months ago by o
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly disappointing
I am shocked that Bloc Party felt this was an album worth releasing. I've been a huge fan since their first EP, and, sadly, have to say that Four is nothing I can imagine... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eric Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!
I love Bloc Party! This album would be great if you like the band and their great music, and for your collection.
Published 13 months ago by Now
3.0 out of 5 stars this album confounds me...
There are some definite 4-star songs on this album as well as some 2-star songs.... which brings me to a solid 3-star rating. Read more
Published 17 months ago by K. Rosinbum
1.0 out of 5 stars Messed up my iPod!
Not sure how, but the download of this album totally messed up my iPod touch. I had Apple personnel working on it, and nothing showed up when they reviewed the file, however, when... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lori
3.0 out of 5 stars "We Can Feel It in Our Bones..."
It's been nearly four years since Bloc Party released their last album, Intimacy. Since then the band members have gone on to various side projects and for a time it was... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than they've released in a while.
Here's the thing. It's still no "Silent Alarm" but hey. I simply did not like their last two releases, but I bought "Four" without sampling the tracks because I... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Drew Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Friend's Birthday
Got this for my friends birthday, gotta say he really loved. He was so happy when he opened the gift, like geeez.
Published 19 months ago by Adam
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back to what they know
Intimacy was a divergence from what made Bloc Party, but I do enjoy Four. I'm a sucker for fast tempo, especially slick guitar riffs.
Published 19 months ago by Elwood Blues
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