Four (Bloc Party album)

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Four
Studio album by Bloc Party
Released20 August 2012
RecordedLate 2011 – early 2012 at Stratosphere Sound, New York City
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival, alternative rock
Length43:29
LabelFrenchkiss
ProducerAlex Newport
Bloc Party chronology
Intimacy
(2008)
Four
(2012)
Singles from Four
  1. "Octopus"
    Released: 11 July 2012[1]
  2. "Kettling"
    Released: 12 November 2012[2]
  3. "Truth"
    Released: 25 February 2013[3]
 
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Four
Studio album by Bloc Party
Released20 August 2012
RecordedLate 2011 – early 2012 at Stratosphere Sound, New York City
GenreIndie rock, post-punk revival, alternative rock
Length43:29
LabelFrenchkiss
ProducerAlex Newport
Bloc Party chronology
Intimacy
(2008)
Four
(2012)
Singles from Four
  1. "Octopus"
    Released: 11 July 2012[1]
  2. "Kettling"
    Released: 12 November 2012[2]
  3. "Truth"
    Released: 25 February 2013[3]

Four is the fourth studio album by British indie rock band Bloc Party. It was released on 20 August 2012 on independent label Frenchkiss Records.[4] It was also made available to stream in its entirety in the week preceding its release via the band's official website. The album was produced by Alex Newport, who also produced Wreckonomics—the EP of bassist Gordon Moakes' side project, Young Legionnaire.[5][6]

Contents

Origins and recording

The album was recorded between winter 2011 and spring 2012 at Stratosphere Sound in New York City.[7]

Reception

Critical response

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic68/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[9]
BBC Musicfavourable[10]
Clash8/10[11]
Drowned in Sound8/10[12]
The Independent3/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork4.9/10[14]
The Observer4/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[16]
The Quietusmixed[17]
Under the Radar4/10 stars[18]

Four received generally positive reviews from critics.[8] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68 based on 34 reviews, which indicates "generally favourable reviews".[8] The Observer's Phil Mongrendien has praised the album's "urgency" and said it bears "the sound of a band rediscovering what made them so special in the first place"[15] While criticising the "hesitant and unpolished" slower tracks, a review by Jaime Gill on the BBC Music website remarked that Bloc Party now sound "full of potential where just four years ago they sounded depleted" and touted the record as "2012's most exciting guitar album".[10]

However, the album also received mixed reviews. Ian Cohen from Pitchfork was more critical, however, criticising what he calls a "revisionist history" attempt to move back to a guitar-focused sound, and saying that the band "don't have the physical stamina to properly recreate Silent Alarm."[14] Marc Burrows of Drowned In Sound felt the record lacked "instant classics" but was "considerably more consistent, and consistently enjoyable... than either of its predecessors".[12] Writing for The Quietus, Matthew Foster said that while the record is "laced with some of the band's hands-down strongest work", citing "The Healing" and "Truth" as examples, the louder tracks such as "Kettling" suffer from what he called a "reliance on the insta-drama of shredding and shrieking".[17] Under the Radar pointed a certain "nonchalance" and the fact that "the album is never really able to build its momentum". Yet, Selena Fragassi noted that the single "Octopus" stood out for guitarist Russell Lissack's work.[18]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Bloc Party

No.TitleLength
1."So He Begins to Lie"  3:34
2."3x3"  2:39
3."Octopus"  3:05
4."Real Talk"  4:14
5."Kettling"  3:41
6."Day Four"  4:11
7."Coliseum"  2:29
8."V.A.L.I.S."  3:20
9."Team A"  4:37
10."Truth"  4:00
11."The Healing"  4:19
12."We Are Not Good People"  3:20

Personnel

The people involved in the making of Four are the following:[7]

Bloc Party
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

Chart positions

Album

Chart (2012)Peak
Australian Albums Chart[21]3
UK Albums Chart[22]3

References

  1. ^ "Watch 'Octopus'!". Bloc Party. 10 July 2012. http://blocparty.com/#news/watch-octopus. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Kettling!". Bloc Party. 4 October 2012. http://blocparty.com/#news/kettling. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Truth EP Announced". Bloc Party. 4 October 2012. http://blocparty.com/#news/truth-ep-announced. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Bloc Party name their new album". NME. 31 May 2012. http://www.nme.com/news/bloc-party/64085. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Bloc Party reveal tracklisting for new album 'Four'". NME. 25 June 2012. http://www.nme.com/news/bloc-party/6451. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
  6. ^ Adams, Sean (7 December 2011). "Free Download: 'Killdozer' by Young Legionnaire". Drowned in Sound. http://drownedinsound.com/news/4144193-free-download--killdozer-by-young-legionnaire. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  7. ^ a b Four (CD booklet). London: EMI. 2012.
  8. ^ a b c "Four — Bloc Party". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. http://www.metacritic.com/music/four/bloc-party/critic-reviews. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  9. ^ Phares, Heather (14 August 2012). "Review: Four". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). http://www.allmusic.com/album/four-mw0002386886. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  10. ^ a b Gill, Jaime (10 August 2012). "Review of Bloc Party — Four". BBC Music (BBC Online). http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5qx2. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  11. ^ Carson, Jamie (14 August 2012). "Bloc Party — Four". Clash. http://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/bloc-party-four. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  12. ^ a b Burrows, Marc (13 August 2012). "Bloc Party: Four". Drowned in Sound (Silentway Ltd). http://drownedinsound.com/releases/17175/reviews/4145353. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  13. ^ Gill, Andy (18 August 2012). "Album: Bloc Party, Four (Frenchkiss)". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-bloc-party-four-frenchkiss-8053688.html. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  14. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (15 August 2012). "Bloc Party — Four: Album review". Pitchfork Media. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16944-four/. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  15. ^ a b Mongredien, Phil (19 August 2012). "Bloc Party: Four – review". The Observer (Guardian Media Group). http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/aug/19/bloc-party-four-review. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  16. ^ Liedel, Kevin (16 August 2012). "Bloc Party: Four". Slant Magazine. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/review/bloc-party-four/2832. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  17. ^ a b Foster, Matthew (21 August 2012). "Review: Four". The Quietus. http://thequietus.com/articles/09774-bloc-party-four-review. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  18. ^ a b Fragassi, Selena (20 August 2012). "Bloc Party — Four". Under the Radar. http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/four/. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Four Deluxe Edition — Bloc Party". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Four-Deluxe-Edition-Bloc-Party/dp/B008CJ4UUM. Retrieved 26 June 2012.
  20. ^ "Four by Bloc Party". iTunes. http://itunes.apple.com/au/preorder/four/id537732043. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  21. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums | Australia's Official Top 50 Albums". ARIA Charts. http://www.ariacharts.com.au/chart/albums/134. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  22. ^ "Bloc Party UK Chart History". Official Charts Company. http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/bloc%20party/. Retrieved 12 September 2012.