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Old 01-31-2016, 03:39 PM   #886
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One and a half listens so far and I like it. Some good tunes. A bit too downtempo for me on the whole, but Kele is still spitting strong melodies. "So Real" is an early standout.
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:04 AM   #887
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Bloc Party

I'm far from a big Bloc Party fan or anything (I didn't totally cobbler this, I listened to the last one and I've heard Silent Alarm). But this is pretty unlistenable. Dubstep may be my least favorite thing in terms of music, but in the dubsteppy parts I almost wished they'd just go all wub wub wub and get it done with. Everything else that I heard before I just shut it off was boring as hell.
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Old 02-02-2016, 12:38 PM   #888
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Thanks a lot for that.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:20 AM   #889
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fuck you, gaf.
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Old 02-03-2016, 01:52 PM   #890
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I was thanking you sincerely!
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:08 PM   #891
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I find that difficult to believe.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:12 PM   #892
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Read something the other day that the effects on this album, including the dubsteppy stuff in "The Love Within", are all still played on electric guitar. Just with crazy pedals and stuff. That makes it cooler to me.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:33 PM   #893
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Guitars >>>>>>>> Computers

Also, "The Love Within" has really grown on me. I've found the chorus stuck in my head a lot over the last few days.
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Old 02-05-2016, 04:21 PM   #894
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Listened to it. I think it's ok/so-so. It's not awful, but it's not really good either. It basically sounds like just a Kele solo album. Matt is sorely missed. The energy he brought to the band is just completely gone. And I understand that Russell is playing guitars to sound like synths, but the absence of the signature, angular guitar sound is jarring. It doesn't even sound like Bloc Party.

Those are just my thoughts. I see others are enjoying the album, so that makes me happy. For me, this is the weakest Bloc Party album. I can't see any of these songs sticking with me for the long haul. I really feel like this isn't even Bloc Party, just Kele running unchecked.

That being said, 'Different Drugs' was the song that caught my ear the most. And I don't hate 'The Love Within' as much as I've seen people saying. I think "The Nextwave Sessions" had worse songs on it. At least 'The Love Within' is catchy and upbeat.

I'm looking forward to seeing Matt drumming for Algiers at Coachella -- even though Algiers sound nothing like Bloc Party; it'll just be really good to see him drum again.
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Since I've heard Kele solo albums, I have a hard time agreeing that this sounds like Kele unchecked.
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I'm actually starting to like The Love Within.
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Yes.
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Old 02-09-2016, 04:37 PM   #898
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For any Los Angeles fans or L.A. adjacent:


Bloc Party -- Hollywood Bowl
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I'm actually starting to like The Love Within.
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Finally listened to the album. The Love Within has grown on me, too, in the sense that parts of it have got stuck in my head, but it is an objectively bad song. The synth blasts at halfway through and the end are astonishing. So not Bloc Party. Sounds more like Wow by Kylie Minogue. And then by the ninth song they are so bereft of ideas that they use it again.

The biggest issue is Kele. He's on some Chris Martin-type shit for most of this record. I remember some time again saying that it was Kele who set Bloc Party apart for me, with his vocals. And fitz was like, "it's the band around him that makes them". As in, like, he is made better by the band. Like how Rick Ross is at his best when he's rapping on a Kanye song. His vocals, once so urgent, are just a bore most of the time here. My True Name is the worst offender. My fucking god, what an awful, awful song. I mean the music is pretty okay, but Kele, jesus.

There is some good though. Totally with fitz, Different Drugs is pretty great, the one that caught my attention. Even though it's 99.9% the band, not Kele. The Good News is a straight rip of Beetlebum but as far as Blur ripoffs go (Kele even puts on Albarn affectations) it's a good one, the guitar in the choruses is great. Into the Earth has a bit of old Bloc Party about it. I was disappointed in Exes, I recall liking that older live version better.

The Deputy sent me footage of Bloc Party doing "Heroes" at SXSW and it sounded great.
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