41 Bloc Party: Hymns

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When The Bloc Heads first arrived ‘on the scene’


they were immediate and absolute masters of the type of trojan horse experimental and idiosyncratic pop music that forces me into a trance like state as I rub my nipples and moan orgasmically yet always entirely rhythmically



Unfortunately, they then decided to Tegan and Sara it for a while, rejecting their positions as stand-out shining inquisitive differentiators in their field to try their hand at a genre they never particularly either shone in or brought much new to, and their move to electronica only ensured they’d be lost in the shuffle



Well, maybe


That was the case with their 2nd album ‘Bloc Party Part the Blocks and Party on the Rocks’ <unlikely- Ed>, and I’ve not actually listened to the two albums they released after that seeing as I thought they were a busted flush. But, for the sake of this review, let’s say those two records were also a bit rubbish, OK?








‘Hymns’ is a real return to form!!!!!


Unless of course those two albums were actually the best of their career, in which case ‘Hymns’ represents a disappointing step backwards




To these ears though, ‘Hymns’ is the seamless marriage of electronica and rock that they’ve previously struggled with, and though the pace falters a little towards the end, it’s a gorgeous justification for their continued existence



Metacritic: +55

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa? Significantly lower than their last two albums…

Length: 47 minutes -1

Best Lyric: ‘I tried to make a home outta you/But doors lead to trapdoors/A stairway leads to nothing/Unknown women wander the hallways at night’ +1

Number of AMAZING songs: 1 (+10)

…But Are All the Rest of the Songs Kinda Amazing Anyway? Yes (+60)

Is the last song just the first track but played on Ukulele? No -1

Total 276


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