Saturday, September 24, 2005

Bloc Party

I've been listening to Bloc Party's album Silent Alarm, and I have to say that it hasn't grown on me at all. There are a couple listenable tracks—Like Eating Glass, Helicopter, and Banquet—but overall I just can't make myself like it. It's very, very British, and I don't mean that as a compliment. The songs that aren't unpleasant are boring.

For one reason or another, it kind of reminds me of Modest Mouse. It's weird rock, somewhat experimental, with a lead singer with an awful voice... except the Bloc Party singer is even worse, and none of the qualities that make his voice hard to listen to also make him endearing. The Patrick Stewart or Monty Python "distinguished" English voice is one of my favorites; the more "common" and young English voice is really tough for me to stomach, and this guy's would be pretty painful even if he were born in Colorado. But even with a great lead voice, I still wouldn't like the music.

I also eagerly listened to Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie by Alanis Morrissette, the only album of hers I hadn't listened to yet, and it's definitely my least favorite one. It sounds a lot like her first album, except without the good tracks. That was disappointing.

Time to move on to something new and different. The next three albums I'm queueing up are Late Registration by Kanye West, Planets by Adema, and the Myst soundtrack by Robyn Miller. The only thing on any of those that I've heard is Kanye's Diamonds from Sierra Leone, which is rather delicious. Let's see how they work out.

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