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Four

Bloc Party

Four

LabelFrench Kiss
VertriebCooperative Music/Universal
VÖ-Datum24.8.2012

Sie haben Spaß, die Leute an der Nase herumzuführen. Zunächst wurde ein bizarrer Streit zwischen der Band und Sänger Kele Okereke inszeniert und die Frage nach der Zukunft der Bandkonstellation der Zukunft immer wieder neu entfacht. Nachdem erste Albumdetails genannt wurden, der treibende Song Octopus als Melt!-Hymne auserwählt wurde, entschieden sich Bloc Party für die Ernennung der ersten Single: Day Four. Ein Song, der entgegen der Rockeinstellung des neuen Albums ein Popsong erster Klasse ist. Die falsche Fährte war erneut und gelungen gelegt.

Bloc Party gehen zurück auf Anfang; zumindest, was die Energie, die Spontaneität und Spielfreude angeht, die ihr Debüt Silent Alarm zu einem der besten und bemerkenswertesten Alben des Indie-Rock der 2000er machten. Und nun setzen sie verstärkt auf breite Beine und Rockgitarren. So ist der Opener So He Begins To Lie nach dem ersten Hören nicht nur die erste (positive) Überraschung, sondern ebenso nur der erste Vorgeschmack auf weitere Gitarren lastige Songs wie 3x3. Oder wäre es denkbar gewesen, dass ein Song (Coliseum) Verbindungen zu dem Anfang von eines Space Lords von Monster Magnet herstellt und sich dann in einem rauschenden Brecher mit tiefergelegten Gitarren ergötzt? Doch Bloc Party sorgen für weiter für Überraschungen und festlegen wollen sie sich nicht. Unberechnenbarkeit in Verbindung mit großer Bandbreite sind die Hauptmerkmale auf Four. Während sie einerseits die vergleichsweise schweren Gitarren entdecken, packt Okereke in Balladen und den weichen Zwischenspielern den Falsettgesang aus. Der Frontmann singt u.a. The Healing und Day Four mit so viel Gefühl, dass die Songs ins Schweben geraten. Und selbst der elegante Midtempotrack Truth wird durch seinen Gesang in Richtung seiner Liebe zu einer gefühlten Ballade. Es scheint die Leichtigkeit zu Bloc Party zurück gekehrt zu sein. Dabei lassen sie die Risiko-Versuche, die auf A Weekend In The City und Intimacy nicht immer erfolgreich waren, beiseite und konzentrieren sich darauf, sich so gehen zu lassen, dass die Spielfreude gelebt wird und deutlicher hörbar wird.

Durch die Vielfalt des Sounds wird das Hörerlebnis des kompletten Albums stellenweise unterbrochen. Dennoch entwickelt sich das Album, dessen einzelne Songs Highlight auf Highlight folgen lassen zu einem Ausrufezeichen der Band, das nicht zu erwarten war. Es übertrumpft mit Leichtigkeit A Weekend In The City und Intimacy, da es nahezu keinerlei Schwachstellen zulässt und vor allem von Kele Okerekes Gesang profitiert, der so brilliant zuvor nie zu hören war.

 

Tracklist:
  1. So He Beings To Lie
  2. 3x3
  3. Octopus
  4. Real Talk
  5. Kettling
  6. Day Four
  7. Coliseum
  8. V.A.L.I.S.
  9. Team A
  10. Truth
  11. The Healing
  12. We're Not Good People
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