Bloc Party: Four – Bloc Party has returned in full force with the release of their aptly titled fourth album, Four. Originally from London, Kele Okereke on lead vocals and guitar, Russell Lissack on guitar, Gordon Moakes on bass, and Matt Tong on drums and backing vocals are Bloc Party. Together since 1999, they got their big break when they sent their demo to Franz Ferdinand who was so impressed, they invited Bloc Party to play a festival with them in 2003. After a brief hiatus, Bloc Party was hoping to get back to the basics, to what originally inspired them to start making music in the first place. They worked to actualize a stripped-down version of themselves; to use what they have learned in their transformations as a band and become the best version of themselves.
At times, the immense beats and reverberating guitars occasionally overshadows the lyrics, which only furthers their attempt to create something that is raw and real. It’s like when you listen to this album, you can feel significance it is working to produce, you feel like you are part of something bigger. Often times it is largely the lead singers voice that establishes the tone and feel of a record, but with Four, the band as a whole design an atmosphere, a safe place to let the record take you where you want to go.
One of the most intriguing parts about Four is Bloc Party’s uncanny ability to maneuver through so many different types of music, all the while keeping their central goal in mind. They seamlessly alternate between ‘3 x 3’ with cryptic lyrics like “no means no, no means no, no means…..yes” and ‘Real Talk,’ which comes fully equipped with some actual real talk complete with Kele’s charming British accent, “…just talking about my feelings…keeping abreast of the situation.” In fact, they sneak in parts of actual conversations throughout the record, bringing its realness to a new level. ‘Day Four’ even has hints of the ever so comforting 80s melodies and almost reaches an ethereal tone, which is strange to say for a band like Bloc Party, but true nonetheless. The tracks rounding out the rest of the songs are equally as engaging.
Buying the deluxe edition of Four is an absolute necessity. The additional two bonus tracks, ‘Mean’ and ‘Leaf Skeleton’ are the epitome of a bonus track…9.2/10