Bloc Party - Four
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2012 Ratings: #577 / 946
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2012 Ratings: #253
August 21, 2012 / Release Date
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Frenchkiss / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

It's the album that Bloc Party always threatened to make, the one that, against all the odds, raises them to a whole new level. 

85
The 405

Every note sounds young and lyric, inspired.

80
Drowned in Sound

Not since Silent Alarm have Bloc Party sustained such vision, ideas and indeed quality over an entire record.

75
A.V. Club

Even these slight missteps can’t diminish the power of Four, which reinforces that Bloc Party continues to be one of the most innovative, vibrant bands to emerge in the last decade. 

70
PopMatters

Four is a commendable comeback, if you feel obliged to use the word.

70
NME

At its best it excels with a glut of sensitive pop tunes which, although no substitute for exhilarating, provocative post-punk, prove Bloc Party are still capable of depth.

70
Consequence of Sound

The time off seems to have refocused and re-energized the band, which doesn’t simply reverse course, but pulls a screaming U-turn toward those long-lost art punk sounds first heard on its debut.

65
Beats Per Minute

Four sounds like an album created by a talented band that finally got back in a room together after a long time apart, and just seemed to put together all the various ideas they’ve all had without stopping to think too much about them.

49
Pitchfork

Four conveys the experience of watching an athlete reliant on explosive physicality realize that his body is betraying him. 

40
Under The Radar

Unfortunately the album seems a victim of the rush to resurface.

30
No Ripcord

Ultimately, though, the album suffers some of the worst adjectives any musician can hear: boring, forgettable, and embarrassing.

25
Pretty Much Amazing

Four, like so much mediocre and failed art, goes through the motions of evocative composition but fails to generate any real visceral response.

tha138
66
Back to the basics for the british, indie rockers, who evoke the energy of their early days, even if they don't have the same, fascinating material anymore.
PipePanic
85
An explosive, fun, vigorous return to good old indie bangers that Bloc Party have built their career off, and they are damn good at it. Turning all the guitars up to 11, it's a loud, catchy and extremely fun record that'll leave an impression for weeks and weeks after.

Favorite Jams: 3X3, We're Not Good People, Coliseum

Lest Favorite: Real Talk
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#44/DIY

MISC LISTS

#50/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. So He Begins To Lie 
  2. 3X3 
  3. Octopus 
  4. Real Talk 
  5. Kettling 
  6. Day 4 
  7. Coliseum 
  8. V.A.L.I.S. 
  9. Team A 
  10. Truth 
  11. The Healing 
  12. We’re Not Good People
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