Bloc Party Albums Ranked

Bloc Party is an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals), and Louise Bartle (drums, percussion). Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand’s lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo “She’s Hearing Voices” Here are all of Bloc Party albums ranked.

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10. Bloc Party, 2004

Bloc Party – Bloc Party EP (2004, CD) - Discogs

“There is no doubt that Silent Alarm has been a huge success for Bloc Party, but what it seemed to lack was the raw edge and spirit that the Bloc Party EP carries so well – it could not compete with the passion and inspiration that is so evident in these older songs. This is where it all began, and it seems that in the beginning is found the true brilliance of their success.”

9. Little Thoughts, 2004

Bloc Party - Little Thoughts [EP] Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

“This was eloquently delightful to listen to. While referring to my usual Sunday newspaper, I sat quietly and gleefully in my garden listening to Bloc Party – Little Thoughts EP on my iPod Nano (Registered Trademark). The roof rumbling drum rhythms, stomping bass and wall shattering guitar riffs blew me, my wife and daughter away, who are both devoted fans also.”

8. Intimacy Remixed, 2009

Album Review: Bloc Party - Intimacy Remixed / Releases / Releases //  Drowned In Sound

“Amazing production! Awesome remixes that you wish it can go on for hours and Hours. The band is great! This record and their older material was their peak of their career. Their latest material could’ve been better but these remixes were great!”

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7. Silent Alarm Remixed, 2005

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm Remixed Album Review | Pitchfork

“Yeah great album originally but I think the current rating is very harsh and probably most of those people are guitar freaks who rated it when it came out. Appreciate the remixes here far more now that I have listened to more Four Tet and Mogwai since 2005.”

6. The Nextwave Sessions, 2013

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5. Hymns, 2016

Bloc Party - Hymns Lyrics and Tracklist | Genius

Hymns is a classy album with subtle songwriting, singing and production. It flows seamlessly and isn’t anywhere near as cheesy as the opening track and lead single led me to believe. Tracks like “So Real” and “Exes” build open the fantastic ballads of the previous album, while the ominous “Only He Can Heal Me” and “Virtues” makes good on the experiments that soured their previous albums.”

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4. Four, 2012

Four - Album by Bloc Party | Spotify

“Really didn’t expect a comeback from these guys. Ever. Four is easily their best since the debut. The loud rock songs work, the ballads return sans electronic wankery, and there are some damn good pop songs (“VALIS”, “Truth”). There are even a couple nice surprises. Most notably, the awesome Smashing Pumpkins guitar solo at the end of “Kettling”.

3. Intimacy, 2008

Review: Bloc Party, Intimacy - Slant Magazine

2. A Weekend In The City, 2007

Bloc Party A Weekend In The City UK CD album (CDLP) (419939)

“If Silent Alarm is depressive hedonism, A Weekend in the City is hedonistic depression. It’s the less sexy flipside of the former, but the inevitable fate of every generation. No wonder it was misunderstood by the adults of the time: it’s depression is more anxious, not nearly as sexy. But it hits home, still.”

1. Silent Alarm, 2005

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm Album Review | Pitchfork

“While some tracks can feel a bit too languid, a bit too lengthy, and sometimes the melodies just don’t really stick. The rest of the album is just extremely tight and concise, from the balanced production and the organic instrumentation, the catchy melodies, the bombastic performances, and the lyrics that fit the balance between post-breakup and personal, defeated musings surrounding everyday life with a touch of political topics sliding in.”