Bloc Party: Hymns

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Bloc Party: Hymns

You know those bands that you hang onto that favourite album, or that favourite song from said favourite album, and repeat it year after year clinging to the idea that what the band is producing is the same as their heyday? Bloc Party’s A Weekend In the City is that album for me, and slowly as the band have gone along, and as frontman Kele Okereke has done work as a solo musician, it feels as if Bloc Party has lost its way.

That’s not to say this isn’t a good release, as it is, it’s just one that die hard fans (and those clinging to particular releases) will tilt their head to. Kind of like when you ask your dog to do something and they haven’t got a clue. ‘The Good News’ is a highlight (ironically) as it seems to have the right combination worked out. Hold back, then release and not too much or too little of Kele. Though don’t go thinking it’s just like old school Bloc Party, there’s a country twang previously unheard of. ‘Into the Earth’ and ‘Living Lux’ are worth listening to as well. Basically, this is a release that’s very different from Bloc Party, which in itself could be a very good or very bad thing.

Out via Create/Control + Infectious Music / BMG
Reviewed by Valerie Vatoosh