Bloc Party – ‘Four’ Review
Words: Samantha Tuttle
You would think after 4 albums and countless tours, Bloc Party would struggle to come up with anything new, but their recently released ‘Four’ proves the 4 – piece indie rock band is still as fresh and innovative as they’ve ever been. After a brief hiatus, the band began work on the new record in late 2011. Released on August 20th, 2012, ‘Four’ isn’t ‘A Weekend In The City’ by any means, but fans are still bound to find something to like about the album.
With everything from raw guitar riffs to synths reminiscent of 80’s techno pop, ‘Four’ manages to be diverse without losing its cohesion. The opening track, “So He Begins To Lie” showcases the band’s knack for fusing emotional and catchy pop with weird synth beats and distorted instrumentals; while Okereke’s haunting vocals carry “The Healing”, “Real Talk”, and “Day Four”, the softer tracks of the record.
There are a number of heavier tracks, most notably “3×3″, which follows the opener, and comes across as a number from a rock opera, with eerie whispers and Okereke’s frantic wailing being the focal point. Many of the other songs get lost somewhere in the middle, with lack luster vocals and repetitive beats. While the band’s talent and penchant for writing catchy hooks is apparent, the album seems emotionally disconnected and a bit sloppy. ’Four’ as a whole is less than spectacular, but there are quite a few tracks that are worth a listen.