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Old 09-08-2008, 03:50 PM   #136
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Old 09-08-2008, 07:37 PM   #137
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So its a single from the album just released... but it wasn't included on that haha. To sell the physical release, cool. And they sure love Zane Lowe.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:29 PM   #138
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The song is supposed to be up on their Myspace. I can't visit Myspace at work, so I cannot confirm.
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Old 09-09-2008, 05:31 PM   #139
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There's a track called 'Talons' up on their MySpace right now. Is that it?

I'm listening to it right now. The intro to the song is heavy. I like it.
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Old 09-09-2008, 07:34 PM   #140
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I like it a lot. This may end of being one of the better tracks on the album. This is a good integration of the old school Bloc sound and the new more electronic, layered Bloc.

for fun...

ARES (5/5) - Awesome, aggressive way to start. I love Kele's attitude in this one and the crazy war cries, and of course the drums.
MERCURY (4.5/5) - Great dance track - had fun dancing to it at my dance party. It doesn't seem weird to me at all anymore. Very well produced.
HALO (5/5) - Fuck. Yes. This is the aggressive, rockin', energetic, Luno-esque Bloc Party I love. Easily my favourite. I love the bridge especially. Go Lissack!
BIKO (3/5) - A pretty song, but I feel it could have been more. I wish it had changed a bit instead of being the same guitar part over and over.
TROJAN HORSE (4/5) - Reminds me a lot of Hunting for Witches, but the end of the song is something else. If the rest of the song was that awesome it would definitely be 5/5.
SIGNS (5/5) - Gorgeous. Love it. The strings toward the end are just perfect.
ONE MONTH OFF (3/5) - Definitely sounds like old school Bloc, but it doesn't hit me like Halo does. It kind of sounds like a rehash of Banquet at some points. Still, I like it.
ZEPHYRUS (4/5) - One of the more interesting tracks on the album. I think the choir thing is really cool, and it creates a strange effect when combined with the dance/hip hop beat.
BETTER THAN HEAVEN (5/5) - The end of this song is possibly the most satisfying part of the entire album.
ION SQUARE (4.5/5) - Well, who doesn't love the buildup on this track? And as GAF pointed out, some...interesting lyrics.

overall I still say this is Bloc's weakest album, but it's not that much worse than AWITC, which I love. So I don't really feel that they're declining. However the next album better be a damn masterpiece

I'll rate Talons once I've listened to it more, but right now I'd give it at least a 4/5.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:44 AM   #141
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'Talons' is up for those who pre-ordered the album! Downloading now.
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Old 09-10-2008, 11:13 AM   #142
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Its a pretty badass song, not sure who it'll work as a single to sell the album, or where they'll put it, but I'm liking it a lot on first listen.
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I like Talons as well. I wonder where it will be placed on the album.

I'm loving this album.
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Old 09-10-2008, 01:38 PM   #144
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I don't know what I think about it. It's ok, but I was expecting it to be much better considering they chose it as the second single instead of something they'd already put on the "album". It sorta sounds like a b-side to me right now to be honest....
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Old 09-11-2008, 01:15 PM   #145
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I think its better than some of the tracks on the digital release. "One Month Off" screamed single though, or "Trojan Horse"
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I think its better than some of the tracks on the digital release.
Yeah, 'Talons' is better than some of the songs on the digital release.

I'll say it again, I think they should've gone with all the songs being weird and electronic-y. The Paul Epworth tunes just don't really do it for me. I mean, yeah they rock hard but (to me) they're not all that memorable, unlike the "Silent Alarm" tunes, which rocked hard and were memorable, or the "A Weekend In The City" tunes which, in my mind, are very memorable, even if they don't all rock hard.

Sitting here now, I can't really call up in my mind the melodies, riffs or tunes for 'One Month Off' or 'Halo'. And I've listened to the album a ton of times. 'Biko', 'Trojan Horse', and 'Better Than Heaven' are a bit more memorable to me than One Month Off or Halo, but not by that much.

However, I can clearly hear 'Ares', 'Mercury', 'Signs' and 'Ion Square'.

Really, it's about half the songs that I just feel were maybe kind of rushed and therefore sort of bland and undercooked, causing them to be somewhat forgettable.

'Talons' should be on the album. That's one crackin' and memorable tune.
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Sitting here now, I can't really call up in my mind the melodies, riffs or tunes for 'One Month Off' or 'Halo'. And I've listened to the album a ton of times. 'Biko', 'Trojan Horse', and 'Better Than Heaven' are a bit more memorable to me than One Month Off or Halo, but not by that much.
Really? Halo to me is very memorable. My favourite song off the album...and Better Than Heaven is probably my second favourite. One Month Off I agree with you though...it just is sort of generic Bloc Party to me.

Talons is one of the better songs. I'd say it's about equal to Ares and Ion Square and behind Halo, Better Than Heaven, and Signs.
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I'm a big fan of One Month Off. "I can be as cruel as you...fighting fire with firewood"

But, then again, I'm a big fan of every song on Intimacy.

Still need to give Talons a few more listens.

Should I do that right now? Yes.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:50 AM   #149
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Apparently it'll fit in between Zepherus and Better Than Heaven on the album.
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Halo aint doing anything for me. Foo Fighter's Halo was better. Completely different song, but shared the same title.
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