by Bloc Party
Released: Aug 2012
Label: Frenchkiss Records
This frenetic London post-punk quartet reaches dizzying new heights of emotional and musical whiplash on, yes, their fourth album, mixing rage and tenderness, calm and calamity. "No means no!" Kele Okereke pants disconcertingly on the sneering "3x3," only to unleash his vulnerable falsetto ("My mind is open/ And my body is yours") on the lovely "Real Talk" two songs later; the ferocious power-grunge riffer "Coliseum" (think Days of the New) rams directly into bouncy, catchy, handclap-abetted album highlight "V.A.L.I.S." Those who swear by the band's smash 2005 debut Silent Alarm, listen up.
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