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Silent Alarm

Bloc Party

2005

Silent Alarm
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Silent Alarm is the debut studio album by English rock band Bloc Party. Recorded in Copenhagen and London in mid-2004 with Paul Epworth as producer, it was released on 2 February 2005, by Wichita Recordings. The album peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart. In the United States, it entered the Billboard 200 at number 114 and the Billboard Independent Albums at number seven. The double A-side "So Here We Are/Positive Tension", "Banquet" and "The Pioneers" were released as singles. Silent Alarm went on to achieve worldwide sales of over one million copies. Bloc Party aimed to create an album that appealed to followers of different musical genres. Building on the arrangements in their demo songs recorded in 2004, the band members moulded tracks largely through live takes during the Silent Alarm studio sessions. The compositional focus was on rhythm and the drum and bass parts, while lyricist Kele Okereke's writing examined the feelings and hopes of young adults, including views on global politics. Following the album's completion, Bloc Party embarked on promotional tours before its release. Silent Alarm garnered widespread critical acclaim upon release, with praise often centered on its fast tempo and passionate delivery. Later in 2005, it was remixed as Silent Alarm Remixed and was re-released with bonus tracks to coincide with Bloc Party's worldwide touring schedule. The album has received accolades throughout the music industry since its release.

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3.59

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59

Genres

  • Rock
  • Indie

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Wed Jun 19 2024
2

I had never heard of the band before. The songs were ok. Nothing great or memorable about them. I will not revisit

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Tue Jun 25 2024
5

YES!! love banquet and this modern love, but the whole album actually blew me away. Great choice! 5 Still remember playing SSX on Tour on ps2 and loving when Banquet would come on.

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Thu May 16 2024
4

At times sounds like The Architecture in Helsinki. Enjoyable, if not extremely similar to a ton of albums on the user submitted list (I guess we're all a similar demographic, eh?)

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Thu May 16 2024
4

I just love this album. Listened to it so many times when it came out and it still hasn't lost any of its drive and urgency. Just the right blend of rocky-hooky songs with a slik production. Not a bad song on this album. These guys were on fire when they made this!

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Thu May 16 2024
4

Good mix of rock and electronics.

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Fri May 17 2024
4

Pretty interesting. A bit much of that British post-punk vocal affect that I just don't dig, but at least quite a bit of variety in the vocals.

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Fri May 17 2024
4

Enjoyable album, maybe a hair close to a 3 for not being unique enough compared to the rest of the entries, but still good enough to hold the 4.

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Thu May 23 2024
4

Reminds me of early Cure. Impressive drumming. Enjoyable indie rock that was a deserved hit in the UK when released. Proof that creative arty types (Kele) will always get heard and continue prolifically.

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Sun Jun 16 2024
4

Really solid British alternative. It wasn’t doing anything new or groundbreaking, but the production, musicianship, and sequencing were among the best of its genre.

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Sat Jul 13 2024
4

Bobbed along nicely. I prefer their more energetic tracks. Nice selection, I enjoyed the time listening to this.

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Thu May 16 2024
3

This was pretty good. It rocked hard and I was especially impressed by the drumming. It was maybe a bit much though, too overwhelming, not enough space between the notes, if you know what I mean. 3 stars.

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Thu May 16 2024
3

These guys sound like the link between Blur and more modern groups like Squid, except they have this tendency to keep lapsing into this almost Coldplay like emotional stuff that prevents me from fully embracing it. Quite enjoy the more propulsive rhythm driven tracks though.

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Fri May 17 2024
3

The dance-rock goodness clearly goes back right to the early 2000s. It's all here: accented vocals, bit of irony, hooks piled on crunchy hooks. At fifty minutes, the LP starts to fold over itself entirely uncalculated. Lyrics are functional in very much the same way.

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Fri May 31 2024
3

An amazing early-aughts fusion of dance, hard rock, and indie that hasn’t been replicated since. The Strokes-like angular guitar licks, harder focus, and urgent lyricism make this LP feel immediate and fresh even today, and it still occupies a unique niche in indie culture untouched by other contemporaries like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. There is some unnecessary padding here and there within the shorter runtime, but for the most part this LP firmly believes in burning twice as bright for half as long and is all the better for it.

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Thu May 16 2024
2

Indie Britpop, not my favourite style. This was unremarkable by its own standards. 2/5.

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Fri May 17 2024
2

I like the style of vocal proposal, excellent instruments, however as it progressed it seemed inconsequential.

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