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Old 12-08-2007, 05:32 PM   #221
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Don't get me wrong, I love AWITC and have really no big or major gripes about it, but, I guess what I'm trying to get at is this . . . .

They definitely showed a special and unique approach to ballads on Silent Alarm (So Here We Are, This Modern Love and to an extent . . . Blue Light, Two More Years, Tulips and Hero) . . . . ballads with a beat, I guess you could call them. The drums in So Here We Are just MOVE, and yet I'd still consider it a ballad.

And while I love Kruezberg and SRXT, they are really beautiful songs, I don't think they show off Bloc Party's unique ballad strengths. The drums in Sunday are intricate and sound great, but they don't exactly MOVE like SHWA or TML . . . . and overall the song, while again beautiful, sounds more like an traditional ballad, and not utilizing the uniqueness and essence of their particular band and sound.

I do love AWITC, I just think the 2nd half slows down a little too much.

But then, who the hell am I? I don't even play a frickin' instrument, let alone create great, great music!
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:38 AM   #222
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Great point. Kreuzberg and Sunday are kind of like Bloc Party trying U2. Which, I think they're fantastic songs, and SRXT is heartachingly gorgeous as well...I love AWITC, and it's basically tied with In Rainbows as my top album this year. The ballads are definitely different than the earlier Bloc ballads though. Which, personally I think it's great that they tried something different. That's what I love about AWITC. It's still Bloc, but they moved their sound forward a lot.

However, I also agree that there is something very special about the songs you mentioned. Perhaps it's partially nostalgia on my part, cuz those songs hit me at the right time, but I've just been listening to This Modern Love, Blue Light, So Here We Are, and Tulips practically nonstop lately. They are beautiful, beautiful songs and they truly are unique... I do think the drums are a big part of it. But there's also the interaction between two guitar parts. I hardly even noticed the lead guitar in Blue Light when I first heard it, but it's gorgeous. and of course the dreaminess of So Here We Are is all in how the two guitars and bass weave around each other. I think AWITC has a little less of that in its ballads. There is something to be said about the simplicity of the earlier ballads. Having the slick production and loops and such created a different atmosphere on AWITC, for me anyway.

Also, for me the songs Two More Years, Hero, and The Present (beautiful song...if you don't have it, I will send) kind of have a different sound that's a bridge between the two albums (which makes perfect sense, 'cause that's when they were released). They're musically...not boring, but...sparse? It's hard to describe, but in all three of those songs I think the focus is on the beat and Kele's voice. I think maybe part of it is the weird delay effect in the guitar. I like it though.

Basically I love everything Bloc Party has done, ever they're quite easily in my top 5 bands ever...maybe even top 3. I'm looking forward to what they do next, and wondering how much their fanbase will grow. It was amazing to see them in such small venues twice this year, and I'd love to it again, but I feel like they could light up a stadium with some of the massive sounds on AWITC... how do they do in big festivals? has anyone seen them at one?
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:00 AM   #223
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. . . The Present (beautiful song...if you don't have it, I will send)

Nope. I don't have it. Send please and thank you.

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(And I will respond to your post, it's just REALLY late now and I need to get a few hours shut eye! )
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So many great b-sides off AWITC. "Atonement", "Once and Future King", etc
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:02 PM   #225
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So many great b-sides off AWITC. . . . ."Once and Future King" . . . .

They played "The Once and Future King" at the last show I saw them at. (Ok, so I went a little Bloc crazy this year and saw them 3 times in concert.) They also played "Two More Years" at that last show. Oh, how I went ballistic at that one!!!!!


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Vision of heaven is their best B-SIDE

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Old 12-11-2007, 08:21 PM   #227
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Vision of heaven is their best B-SIDE

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We've had this discussion before. VOH is just

Meh.



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Old 12-11-2007, 09:17 PM   #228
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We've had this discussion before. VOH is just

Meh.



you're meh




but really the chorus is just gorgeous

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VOH is great but Atonement just gets to me so much...although some of the vocals really remind me of Echo & the Bunnymen...not that that's a bad thing.
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Old 12-12-2007, 11:38 AM   #230
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OMG! I just heard "Atonement"!

WHY WASN'T THAT ON THE ALBUM!!!! DAMN!



(And I listened to "Vision of Heaven" for a 2nd time. Liked it better than the 1st time I heard it. I think it's good, but still not great. )

"Atonement"!!!!
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Glad you like it as well, I'm listening to it right now haha.
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US TOUR PRE-SALE

Bloc Party have confirmed a handful of US dates this summer.

The tour will go on sale to the general public on the 2nd of May, though members of Marshals can buy tickets on pre-sale now.

The full summer schedule (including festival appearances) is below:

July
28 - The Glass House, Pomona CA ( pre-sale available) +
29 - Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles CA ( pre-sale available) +
30 - Fillmore, San Francisco CA ( pre-sale available) +

August
01 - Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
05 - Fillmore Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia PA ( pre-sale available) +
06 - Webster Hall, New York NY ( pre-sale available) +
07 - Webster Hall, New York NY ( pre-sale available)
09 - V Festival, Baltimore MD
15 - Highfield Festival, Hohenfelden DE
21 - Marlay Park, Dublin IE
23 - Reading Festival, Reading UK
24 - Leeds Festival, Leeds UK

September
06 - V Festival, Toronto CA

+ support from Does It Offend You, Yeah? (get a free download of 'We Are Rockstars' here).

More news soon.
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When I first saw this, I had only looked at the Southern California/Los Angeles dates.

Now I see that they're going to be playing at Webster Hall the exact week I'm going to be in New York!!!!
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I reckon the best sequence of songs on an album in 2008 was:

Kreuzberg
I Still Remember
Sunday

Absolutely, mesmerising, if only for the lyrics alone.
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Well, I talked to my friends, and I guess we're going to try and get tickets to the Mayan show in L.A. and then the Webster Hall show in New York.



And yes: Kreuzberg into I Still Remember into Sunday is just pure bliss!
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^^Word.

I'm considering going to the V festival, don't know if it'll work out. But I'm going to be really mad if they skip Boston again after they did that last fall.
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I'll see them at Lolla

wonder if theyve been working on a new album at all??
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Just heard "The Present"!!! My God, these B-sides are as friggin' good as the A-sides!!!

This band consistently blows me away with their PURE AWESOMENESS!!!!

I hope they pull out some new songs at the shows. My friends and I got tickets to Los Angeles (The Mayan) and New York (Webster Hall) . . . and best of all, my BEST friend has never seen them and doesn't really know them that well, so I bought her a ticket to the L.A. show. I'm so excited that I'm going to get to introduce her to Bloc Party live!!!!

I can't wait!!!!
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and The Present (beautiful song...if you don't have it, I will send)
Atomic, do you still have this song? Can you send it to me, please.

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Also, do you have "Version 2.0". That B-side is impossible for me to find to download. If you have it, could you send that one as well.

Thank you!!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:20 AM   #240
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i m a huge fan of bloc party, i believe they are one of the most important new bands! the second album was cool though not as brilliant as the first!
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