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Silent Alarm

Bloc PartyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 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 (March 22, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vice Records
  • ASIN: B0007NFMDK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Like Eating Glass - Bloc Party
2. Helicopter - Bloc Party
3. Positive Tension - Bloc Party
4. Banquet - Bloc Party
5. Blue Light - Bloc Party
6. She's Hearing Voices - Bloc Party
7. This Modern Love - Bloc Party
8. Pioneers - Bloc Party
9. Price Of Gas - Bloc Party
10. Little Thoughts (bonus track)
11. So Here We Are
12. Luno
13. Plans
14. Compliments

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Styled more along the lines of a revolutionary cell than a band, Bloc Party approach the medium of rock'n'roll with the sort of high seriousness usually reserved for philosophy lectures. Yet on Silent Alarm, this "autonomous unit" of smart, wiry London youth don't just succeed in reinvigorating the artform--they come pretty close to reinventing it from the ground up. Whereas early singles like "She's Hearing Voices" found the band still attempting to chisel their own image out of familiar post-punk reference points--The Fall, Joy Division, and Gang Of Four, to name but three--newer tracks such as "Like Eating Glass" and the prickly "Price Of Gas" find Bloc Party pioneering a freshly-minted template of staccato percussion, expansive soundscapes, and cryptic lyrics that artfully straddle the political and the personal. Russell Lissack has forsaken that overdone hallmark of post-punk, brittle tortured-fretboard skronk, in favor of an effects-laden guitar sound that adds genuine prettiness to Bloc Party's edgy rush. But it's Kele Okereke's vocal that's the band's most flexible facet, morphing from frothing anger to breathless desperation. "Are you hoping for a miracle?" he bays, on "Helicopter". Yes? Well Silent Alarm ably fits the bill. --Louis Pattison

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Bloc Party are one of the great indie-crossover bands that keep popping up. 'Silent Alarm' includes the singles 'Helicopter', 'Banquet' & 'So Here We Are'. Vice. 2005.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant April 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bloc Party's debut album Silent Alarm is without a doubt a masterpiece. One of the best new bands to emerge from the UK alternative rock scene, post-punk Bloc Party create a stream of eloquent songs so good I swear they all seem to be potential singles. Even the "slower" songs are full of energy.

Bloc Party's strength lies in creating fast, funky rhythms with a punk feel. As a drummer, I know a good drummer when I see one and Matt Tong is a good drummer; his beats are all innovative and almost give the effect of a drum machine, they're so precise. Although I'll admit it took me a while to get used to Kele Okereke's very unique voice, after a few rotations on my cd player I really grew to like it. Both Kele and Russell Lissack are strong guitarists, and each song has a very distinct guitar line that will make you want to dance or at least nod your head until it feels like it will fall off. Gordon Moakes, the bassist, adds a lot of the funk to the band, providing steady yet fun beats that will get stuck in your head.

The best songs on this album are "Positive Tension," "Pioneers," "Plans," "Helicopter," "This Modern Love," and their debut single "Banquet." "Banquet" has been a huge dance hit in the UK this summer, and for good reason. "Plans" is the most haunting song on the album, and it is reminiscent of the creepiest songs on Radiohead's OK Computer; it's quite dark and saddening. "Helicopter" is just plain fun, while "Pioneers" is powerful and engaging. "This Modern Love" serves as something that I think sets Bloc Party apart: a slow song with gloomy lyrics but with quick drums. They're one of the only bands I've heard who can do that.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is truly a 5 star album. May 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bloc Party is the band that has touched me the most sine the Mars Volta in 2003. Bloc Party are amazing musicians, though there isn't a lot of lead guitar on the album, there are plenty of tasty textures to keep your ears happy. The lyrics are solid, if occasionally juvenile, but overall very poetic, beautiful, enlightening, and charming.

Matt Tong is an amazing beast on the drums and Gordon Moakes bass playing is very solid much like Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The hype is justified but be warned, Bloc Party is not New Order, they are not the Cure, they are not Franz Ferdinand or any other band that they have been compared to. My advice would be listen to the samples here on the web and if you don't really like what you hear, then DON'T buy it. But if you are intrigued and like what you hear, then hopefully you'll be like myself and the others and put under Bloc Party's magical spell.

Don't go into it like your mind will blown, go into it skeptical, therefore you can not be let down. Don't give them the credit and make them prove it to you over 14 tracks that they are an amazing band.

I won't insult them with anymore comparisions of other bands, but to me Bloc Party are completely unique in that they have fused their various influences into a cohesive sound that is truly their own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best... August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bloc Party is the perfect in more than one way! Let's talk about what I just said - I said, perfect in more than one way! Now here's why:

1) Their sound is the first to successfully create the union of new wave music and indie rock. There have been a lot of great bands surfacing ever since The Strokes became popular in 2001, but I do believe that Bloc Party has finally perfected what the 5 boys from NYC were trying to do with their first album, and that is re-create the past in both a musical and a fashion sense. If you dissapeared for 15 years (be it a coma, or kidnapped by aliens), and then returned and was told to listen to Bloc Party and try to guess what year they're from, you'd probably have a difficult time determining that, due to Bloc Party's over-excessive admiration for the best and rawest forms of new wave music. Yes, Stellastarr*'s debut album from 2003 was also very, very close to accomplishing what Bloc Party has done here in 2005, but that's a whole different group and a whole different story. Every time I hear "Banquet" on college radio, I honestly feel like it's 1985 again and I am listening to Men At Work, Big Country, Icehouse, or Split Enz.

2) Their music is electric, it's exciting, it's everything you want it to be! And most of the songs have intelligent lyrics that aren't annoying or idiotic. Just think of "The Price Of Gas", which is blatantly exploiting the automobile and gasoline industry's. What they say in that song, which is probably over a year old, is so true for today.

3) Bloc Party's entire album offers music that sounds circa mid-80's, but at no point in the album does any song sound like a copycat of another song or artist, just the general style and instrumentation that Bloc Party uses is reminiscent of the sound of new wave music.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favorite Album of '05 July 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bloc Party has a unique style of music that I personly find very amusing. When the singer hits some chords that I've never heard before It sends shivers down my spine everytime I hear them. Hear is a list of tracks and ratings:

1. Like Eating Glass- 4.5/5-A very catchy good song with good lyrics, but the drums are a little off in the song.

2. Helicopter- 5/5-My favorite and a lot of other peoples favorite song too. Simple chorus, great guitar, great vocals.

3. Positive Tension- 4/5-Beginning is a little rought but once the song gets going it makes you tap your toes.

4. Banquet- 5/5-Most popular song, a lot like helicopter awesome lyrics.

5. Blue Light- 4.5/5-First slow song but a very good one. When he starts going fast, it is one of my favorite moments on the cd.

6. She's Hearing Voices- 4/5- The chorus gets a little anoying and the voice is rasping but it is catchy at the same time.

7. This Modern Love- 5/5-One of my favorite songs one the cd."You told me you wanted to eat up my sadness" is a great line.

8. Pioneers- 5/5-Best vocals on entire album. I get goosbumbs every time I listen to it. This is the song I show people who don't know about about Bloc Party.

9. Price of Gas- 5/5-The best drummed song on the cd. Has almost a scary feel to it. Great song.

10. So Here We Are- 4.5/5- You may recognize it from the Saturn commercial. Very slow but repetitive. Still a good song.

11. Luno- 4/5-Not my favorite song but quick song, catchy, decent lyrics.

12. Plans- 5/5- One of my favorite song on the cd but not others. I think the lyrics are spectacular and his vocals are really on display. This also has a scary feel to it.

13. Compliments- 4.5/5- Very slow...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No regrets here.
Still their best album. One of my all time favorites, and one of the very few CD's I listen all the way through.
Published 20 days ago by MCW
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Love this CD, I wish I had discovered them sooner while they were still together, track 4 is my favorite.
Published 7 months ago by Julio Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
i have been listening to it non-stop. It's worth the money.

AWESOME

i have been listening to it non-stop. It's worth the money.

AWESOME
Published 8 months ago by Billium
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Only single tracks info....
A true Bloc Party fan will buy this entire album. A new fan probably just heard "This Modern Love" on the latest sappy sitcom (HIMYM) and is upset that the single song cannot be... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect perfect album
buy it. just go ahead and buy it. there is only one song that doesn't blow my mind. "Price of Gas" and i still like it. i don't skip any song on this album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Asa Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars every track is awesome
I feel Bloc Party was way ahead of it's time. And this is my favorite album of theirs, hands down. There is a somewhat strained energy that pervades all of the songs of here, in an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by a.albertine
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Outing for Bloc Party
Silent Alarm by Bloc Party is an under appreciated album that I would like to explore and share.

Bloc Party is a British indie rock band formed in 1999. Read more
Published 22 months ago by G. Wayne Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Gem
This review is long overdue. First heard this album in 2006, and the tracks that instantly catch you are "Like Eating Glass" and "This Modern Love". Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by reviews appreciated
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Release with great DVD - but will not play on NTSC
Bloc Party's debut with some extra tracks -- all fabulous, of course. An added bonus are the videos -- which, PLEASE NOTE: WILL NOT PLAY ON YOUR STANDARD US DVD PLAYER FOR REGION... Read more
Published on July 13, 2011 by Cha Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Debut from a Great Band
These guys are just as good live as they are on record. This album is so much fun even if it goes on about 2 or 3 songs too long. Even so, it is still an easy 5 star album. Read more
Published on March 24, 2009 by John M. Milner
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