Not that we've got beef over this lot's reunion (and a reunion is exactly what this feels like after all the back-and-forth over supposed band tensions). A new Bloc Party album is most welcome, particularly given how special they were in the first place. But it's the year 2012 and relevancy is a bitch; were we to receive the choppy Art Attack guitars of old or their later (more current) 'lectro-soul bleep-blops Calvin Harris employed when bedding RiRi's sex sagas?
How about neither? Opener 'So He Begins To Lie' is the fiercest these have ever struck. Least till Limp Bizkit-stamped nu metal (yes, really) warps itself around Kele's rallying ("The future's ours, we can feel it in our bones") in 'Kettling' and political cries ("The empire never ended") in 'Coliseum'; it's more eerie than exciting. 'Real Talk' and 'Day Four' are the Bloc we fell for, however, all finger-picking oomph and pop-mad sensitivity that's big and bold without needing to go all Fred Durst on our arse.
'The Healing', one of the two slowies, deploys mega, schmaltzy strings about three minutes in that make for their most tender moment. Then comes the twisted Jackass-spun chaos of pushy closer 'We Are Not Good People' which has Kele at his vitriolic best. If it seems like Four is all over the place, that's because it is. Bloc Party's desire is still burning bright but it's too directionless to cause a revolution like before. Now they've reunited, though, perhaps all they need is time; bring on the next one.
Tracks to download: 'So He Begins To Lie', 'Real Talk', 'Day Four', 'The Healing'
If you like this, you'll like: Foals, Soundgarden, Limp Bizkit
Watch the video for Bloc Party's 'Octopus' below: