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Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Remixed (Cover Artwork)

Bloc Party

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm RemixedSilent Alarm Remixed (2005)
Vice Records

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Contributed by: MarlonMarlon
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Do British kids just sit around all day writing hooks? The Futureheads, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party seem to be the forefront of a sudden modern "dance punk" movement, and it feels as if their songs are carefully crafted to make you clap your hands and hum along. Whatever the Brits are concocting.
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Do British kids just sit around all day writing hooks? The Futureheads, Franz Ferdinand, and Bloc Party seem to be the forefront of a sudden modern "dance punk" movement, and it feels as if their songs are carefully crafted to make you clap your hands and hum along. Whatever the Brits are concocting in their basements, it seems to be a recipe for success, as their popularity seems to be growing exponentially. Earlier this year, Bloc Party released their first full-length, Silent Alarm, and received a slew of heavy compliments from the blog community and Pitchfork Media. Some felt this was undeserved and that the band, like many others members of this new movement, was shamelessly mimicking the Gang of Four (the band they claim to have never listened to up until being compared to them). And while they may or may not sound very similar to the Gang of Four (my opinion on the matter seems unimportant) you should at least check your comparisons at the door for now, because Silent Alarm Remixed goes in a totally different direction.

Another thing the British seem to love nowadays just as much as fresh and shiny hooks are techno dance clubs. And with that passion in mind, this remix album was born. The members of Bloc Party actually had very little to do with this release. Their songs were sent around and remixed by a number of different artists. The result is a release that is just as good if not better than the original Silent Alarm.

The CD starts out with a Ladytron Zapatista remix of "Like Eating Glass," and instead of the song starting out with guitar teetering and a loud drum introduction, it appears with a slower, less rollicking tempo, delicate synth and string orchestrations, and vocalist Kele Okereke's coos and croons. It's an interesting take on one of Silent Alarm's more rocking songs, but fear not because Whitey, Blackbox, and Phones strike back with stripped apart, spiced up techno edits of "Helicopter," "Positive Tension," and "Banquet." Other songs of note, if you're just browsing the record, are the Mogwai remix of "Plans" and the Death from Above 1979 "remix" (it's actually a cover) of "Luno."

Unfortunately, if you weren't a fan of Bloc Party before, this album is not likely to convert you. It's much more interesting from the perspective of a person who liked Silent Alarm to hear how some of the songs are rearranged, and perhaps you'll even grow fonder of the remixes than the original versions (the "This Modern Love" remix blows the original out of the water). For those of you who did enjoy Silent Alarm, I highly recommend this release, and for those of you who didn't I recommend you go make some sort of sammich‚?¶those always make me happy.

 

 
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Marlon (January 21, 2006)

In retrospect I should've labled this band and all their peers the New Wave of Post-Punk. Oh well... there's always next time.

k-dubs (December 29, 2005)

guerolitos was pretty good.

md40_07 (December 27, 2005)

This CD is a piece of shit.

Anonymous (December 23, 2005)

Gimme a break. Punk is dead.

Anonymous (December 23, 2005)

The Minotaur Shock remix of 'Tulips' is actually a hidden track after 'Compliments'. I liked parts of this (Four Tet's remix is stunning, Mogwai, Nick Zinner, M83, Engineers), but it's not really worth buying the whole album. This is one for all y'all downloaders.

'Silent Alarm' is a fucking untouchable record, though.

Anonymous (December 23, 2005)

If you are going to reply to posts and pretend to be reasonable, fucking read why people criticsize you. You are always on the offensive, I gave you an explination.

Chill the fuck out... You reply more to in-review criticism than I did.

-Will

Marlon (December 22, 2005)

I didn't feel like reading everything you said. But you did start prearchign to me about punk was and I felt the need to tell you I don't wish to uphold that... and I don't feel like reading your big long winded "comeback". It's an internet forum, don't put so much thought into it.

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

Bloc Party = third rate gang of four rip off band. They will be in the cut out bin in 6 months right next to franz ferdinand, the killers, the futureheads and rest of the bands ripping off 1980's new wave bands. I'll buy it then. They are worth about 3 dollars.

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

"1. I'm not punk. I am not attempting to uphold punk ethics. 2. If you make a snide remark about me, I'm going to respond. 3. I could give two shits if you respect my reviews. 4. It openly says in my review that Bloc Party is not everybody's bag, and I completely understand that. I would not go out of my way to defend Bloc Party, they're a guilty pleasure of mine, but sometimes the level of class you people show on this forum is just atrocious. Grow a pair, and understand that when you say shit I say shit back and that some people like different things from you."

Did I ever call you a punk? The idea of judging something as art, regardless of popularity or "who cares about it" is relegated to "punk" now?

Maybe everyone thinks your reviews suck because you have to always defend them in the dumbest ways- Where my band is on the pop charts doesn't matter when I'm talking about why Bloc Party suck. The fact that Pitchfork wouldn't even review the album I send them doesn't mean shit about my taste in music. All that "where are you?" crap is just build up for your rock star worship. If we're going to judge it by those standards, I could easily tear apart Bloc Party for making fun of Paris Hilton- after all, she has more money and notoriety than they will ever have in all of their "sassy," "dance-punk" lives.

All I'm saying is that it's not cool that you judge music like this, and more people than just me will lose respect for your views because of it. No one needs the NME on Punknews, informing us of the newest alternative radio trends. Let's leave that to the bullshit music industry.

So take that into account before you post another sniveling little reply between wiping the message-board induced tears from your eyes, Marlon.

-Will

benz (December 22, 2005)

Who's Bloc Party?

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

the minotaur shock remix of tulips should be on this. even though the song isnt on silent alarm.

Marlon (December 22, 2005)

Dear Will,

1. I'm not punk. I am not attempting to uphold punk ethics. 2. If you make a snide remark about me, I'm going to respond. 3. I could give two shits if you respect my reviews. 4. It openly says in my review that Bloc Party is not everybody's bag, and I completely understand that. I would not go out of my way to defend Bloc Party, they're a guilty pleasure of mine, but sometimes the level of class you people show on this forum is just atrocious. Grow a pair, and understand that when you say shit I say shit back and that some people like different things from you.

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

This whole "I'll review your band when people care about them!" crap has destroyed any respect I have for your reviews.

In case you didn't know, punk is not about having people suck you off for popularity. You're fucked up and this shit you review is crap.

-Will

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

Really liked the original and I think I'm gonna have to buy this!!

Anonymous (December 22, 2005)

"I'll review your band when people care who you are."

Face.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

I'll review your band when people care who you are.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

out of all the bands you could've reviewed you chose this ghey band.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

That's the spirit!

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

And I hate the song because it's as dull as ditchwater. Bog standard guitar music with a shitty hook.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Ooops. Ok, so they're probably not Mexican. I assumed it meant something along the lines of amateur, newbie etc. I assumed wrong.

Whatever, they still look greener than a fresh lettuce.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

What's a wetback in the British definition? I'm fairly certain you mean something very different than what it means in America.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

Is that a reason to not like the song? I mean, as not to say that you can't find reasons to hate the song, but I don't think THAT is a good reason to not like it.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Like those fucking wimpy wetbacks have even been on a dancefloor. They look exactly like the types of people that would mope at the side of the hall during the school disco. I'd wager that they know little to nothing about dancing.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

Because I like being told that I look good on the dance floor?

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Arctic Monkeys are fucking awful too. Fuck them. Why do people still love boring garage rock so much? 2001 was four fucking years ago!

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

To the Britts:

I like The Arctic Monkeys more than I like Bloc Party. Does that make you feel better at all?

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

"just mention ireland arent part of the united kingdom
wel cept form northern ireland
get ur geography right"

If I said all that was it not obvious that I was referring to Northern Ireland you fucking retard?

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Remember when Linkin Park did this?

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Hey, you guys have The Horror... They are an awesome hardcore band... And, uh... You had The Stupids. The Stupids were cool!

-Will

miff (December 21, 2005)

just mention ireland arent part of the united kingdom
wel cept form northern ireland
get ur geography right

miff (December 21, 2005)

yeh thats true we can produce pretty great bandas like the sexpistols n the clash n the buzzcocks
but nothing recent is that good
wel not that ive herd

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Can people please stop mentioning this band's nationality so much? I'm British and getting increasingly embarrassed and irritated by the amount of people who think our music scene only consists of annoying indie bands like this.

Marlon (December 21, 2005)

"Franz Ferdinand and The Futureheads aren't from the same country, so the guy who said 'as long as they're from the same country...' is wrong."

They are both from the United Kingdom. Yes, Franz is from Scotland or Ireland (Scotland I think)... but that's still part of the UK.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

Franz Ferdinand and The Futureheads aren't from the same country, so the guy who said 'as long as they're from the same country...' is wrong.

Mr_Streetcore (December 21, 2005)

i like bloc party but i ain't so sure about this remix albumn

darkstarm (December 21, 2005)

Marlon: My comment was more for the haters of the band who go, "Er, shitty dance punk, fuck these gays!" Nothing worse than hatin' on a band you've never even heard.

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

"I like Bloc Party. Don't think it's punk at all though, and shouldn't be judged as such. Just some good mellow music, with a little rock and a little 80's flavour. Stop overannalyzing and either enjoy or don't"

Quoted for truth

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

I like Bloc Party. Don't think it's punk at all though, and shouldn't be judged as such. Just some good mellow music, with a little rock and a little 80's flavour. Stop overannalyzing and either enjoy or don't.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

overrated...i listen to the bush tetras instead...just discovered em and huh are they great boy

Anonymous (December 21, 2005)

nicely put benz...quit whining about genre's or how famous bands are and just fucking listen.

TahoeJeff (December 21, 2005)

"One time i farted on record and sold 100,000 copies, pretty cool eh?"

Apparently it isn't cool until you release it as a remix album.

benz (December 21, 2005)

These guys get a bad rap for being too successful. The music is certainly not as bad as a lot of other stuff. I do like a lot of the songs on this album. A lot of the problem has to do with the fact that Pitchfork likes them. A lot of kids rebel against Pitchfork just because they are too scene.

The thing is, these days it's scene to hate the scene.

Not too big on the remixed version. I was hopeful that M83 would turn out something a lot better.

-benz

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

I'll stick to the original album. I'm starting to hate these "remix" albums. Somehow they manage to bring down the originality their other albums had. Another good example is Death From Above 1979.

Ramo

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

girls don't want boys girls like cars and monaaaay!

now there's a fucking statement.

Marlon (December 20, 2005)

You know guys... it's loose term that technically goes from all of these bands to bands like Les Savy Fav and Death From Above 1979 for a reason... it's not really a definitive genre. No reason to shout its merrits back and forth.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

"We're going to win this
With spades and truncheons, guns and trowels
That is how the war will be won
Just swat the fly
Taking care of cars and bodies
Nothing ever comes for me
The ghosts are here, red white and blue"

Not making a statement, huh? Maybe you should check out the album first Will.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

"This is not "dance punk." "Dance punk" if you're even gonna call it that, is "post punk" in the vein of Gang of Four, and this is neither of those."

Not at all. Gang of Four used crazy time signatures and the most angular guitar you'll ever hear. They were danceable, but that wasn't the point of the band... Calling bands "dance-" anything relegates them to being bands that just want people to dance and don't care about making much of a statement.

-Will

Marlon (December 20, 2005)

"Don't call the Futureheads Dance Punk and don't use their name in the same sentence as Franz Ferdinand."

As long as they remain to be from the same country and make music in a simalir fashion to each other, I reserve the right to use them in the same sentence.

darkstarm (December 20, 2005)

Good lord. I think most of the kids on here haven't even heard this band.

This is not "dance punk." "Dance punk" if you're even gonna call it that, is "post punk" in the vein of Gang of Four, and this is neither of those. There are some tracks that have a GoF vibe, but for the most part Bloc Party is pretty melancholy music. Something tells me all you guys heard was the single.

This is quality music. I can't understand why people love to hate good music that's also popular. Their loss.

youwinalemon (December 20, 2005)

Except I somehow forgot to put a score. I am a dumbass.

youwinalemon (December 20, 2005)

The original album is really solid. Score's for that.

I don't know about this whole remix thing, though...

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

Don't call the Futureheads Dance Punk and don't use their name in the same sentence as Franz Ferdinand.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

who doesn't like to 'sock' cock?
i mean really?

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

one time i farted on record and sold 100,000 copies, pretty cool eh?

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

Dance punk is getting more played out than punk music itself

the_other_scott (December 20, 2005)

damn the dude below me is a fucking idiot. makes me feel good about myself.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

this guy i work with told me this band was the next clash. after i listened to it, i went and told him to pull his head out of his ass. this band is flavor of the month hipster shit. there's nothing punk about it.

your a fucking faggot, and you wouldnt know good music if someone crammed it up your ass, and im real sure you told him to pull his head out of his ass, your probably the pussy who socks cock to get where your goin in life.

inagreendase (December 20, 2005)

They still making music?

Enough to continue debuting on Billboard with their albums, yeah.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

this guy i work with told me this band was the next clash. after i listened to it, i went and told him to pull his head out of his ass. this band is flavor of the month hipster shit. there's nothing punk about it.

davebrave4 (December 20, 2005)

This dance punk stuff's pissing me off. It's just another way for pussy bands to sell out.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

Great band. Too bad half of you are too elitist to try to listen to anything that gets some amount of praise. You may knock others for doing so, but every morning you wake up you're still a poser.

Marlon (December 20, 2005)

"WHo came up with the term "Dance Punk" anyhow? Someone needs to punch him in the fucking face."

Most likely a music critic who heard a band with Post-Punk tendancies that made him want to dance.

CaveatMalefactor (December 20, 2005)

Awesome. Deserves its praise.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

This shit makes alkaline trio seem tolerable.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

its sad that the remix album is better than the actual album

Godfather (December 20, 2005)

i haven't heard this, but there is no possible way it's worse than secret lives of the freemasons

Marlon (December 20, 2005)

"I hope this shit pulls a Limp Bizkit on us and fades into obscurity."

How obscure are they now Sickboi? Just wondering because every once in awhile I'll meet a person who continues to swear by them. They still making music?

theundergroundscene (December 20, 2005)

fuck all of y'all, i love this band

both versions of this disc included

Marlon (December 20, 2005)

I'm getting Punk News.org a Subway giftcard for Christmas.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

The Futureheads, Franz Ferdinand and Bloc Party are neither 'dance' nor 'punk'.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (December 20, 2005)

Shit, did I typo punk as altgarbagemusic again and end up on altgarbagemusicnews.org?!

sickboi (December 20, 2005)

Probably someone trying to justify this horseshit.

TahoeJeff (December 20, 2005)

WHo came up with the term "Dance Punk" anyhow? Someone needs to punch him in the fucking face.

sickboi (December 20, 2005)

Worst trend of 2005?

"Dance Punk"

I hope this shit pulls a Limp Bizkit on us and fades into obscurity.

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

>>>fuck this shit

Word.

ghostmonkey (December 20, 2005)

remixing indie bands is a bit like polishing a turd.

colin (December 20, 2005)

fuck this shit

the_other_scott (December 20, 2005)

if you're gonna ride pitchfork's hype/crotch, do it in time

your way late on this

plus it isn't any good, and neither was the original

AlmostPunkEnough (December 20, 2005)

i like a lot of crap, but i'll pass.

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