Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2005 Ratings: #25 / 454
User Score
Based on 419 ratings
2005 Ratings: #15
Liked by 18 people
March 22, 2005 / Release Date
LP / Format
Atlantic / Wichita / V2 / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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I have seen this album described as sounding like 'Pixies having a knife fight with Blur on Brighton beach' and after presenting that simile I don't even feel the need to describe Silent Alarm in any further detail.

So sweet yet so street. This was Bloc Party at their best. Kele Okereke's obscurely substantial lyricism, his searing and impassioned vocal emotion. The brilliant guitar and bass work which could boast both crunching rock riffage and tender ambient melody. And of course the mental ... read more
This album changed my life and encourages me to discover music. Each song on the album is a manifestation of the genius of young people who changed Indie Rock forever.

On this record, all musicians were the best in the world and the rest only just watched.

There is no point in exchanging the best songs, since everyone is a classic of this genre.
"Silent Alarm" is a beautifully-produced, instrumentally-intricate, infectious, passionate, and insightful record that has definitely come from Bloc Party's heart and energy. It all adds up to one of the most seminal indie rock debuts ever, which also explains why that benchmark in quality is untouched by the band.

Fav Tracks: Helicopter, Banquet, Like Eating Glass, Pioneers, Luno, Blue Light, This Modern Love, Positive Tension, So Here We Are

Least Fav Track: Nah

So fresh, so addictive, so powerful, so direct, so passionate, so irresistible.
Absolute joy.
One of the most extremely solid debuts from the early 2000s, with punch instrumentation, vibrant vocals and strong and powerful lyrics. It's extremely tight, perhaps to the point of exhaustion, but it's worth it for the exciting ride.

Favorite Jams: Pioneers, Banquet, Helicopter

Lest Favorite: Blue Light
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Track List

  1. Like Eating Glass
  2. Helicopter
  3. Positive Tension
  4. Banquet
  5. Blue Light
  6. She's Hearing Voices
  7. This Modern Love
  8. Pioneers
  9. Price of Gasoline
  10. Little Thoughts
  11. So Here We Are
  12. Luno
  13. Plans
  14. Compliments
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