Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Bloc Party - The Love Within (track review)

Bloc Party have always been at their best when embracing the electronic elements of alternative dance.  So upon hearing the gradual build of the seething synthesizer bass and kick drum on “The Love Within”, I was instantly reminded of the fast pace and intensity of Intimacy, my favourite album of theirs.  

However this song is, for the most part, uninspired, lazy and generic.  The stripped back instrumental could’ve been an interesting approach to production but the lack of sounds on display leaves the first half of the song feeling shallow and lifeless.  The bass guitar and impassioned vocals salvage some level of thrill in the chorus, as the instruments finally surge and build to a point where they carry some level of impact.

I would say this is one of the weaker songs in the Bloc Party discography, and I hope the upcoming album is far better.  I can’t recommend that you listen to the song unfortunately.

Charlie McCartney

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