Editors’ Notes Fans of British quartet Bloc Party have been wondering if the band would put aside solo ventures and side projects in favor of a full-blown reunion. Four answers this question loudly in the affirmative with a vigorous album that pick up where 2008’s Intimacy left off. As before, Bloc Party owes much to the abrasive likes of Gang of Four, Sonic Youth and similar ‘80s-era groups. It also displays a savvy pop sensibility that imbeds hooks deep within its snarling riffage and jackhammer grooves. Singer Kele Okereke shape-shifts his way through these tracks, turning into a punk agitator in “So He Begins to Lie,” a teasing soul man in “3x3” and a suave balladeer in “Truth.” The music here is equally diverse, veering from the spiky pop of “Octopus” to the visceral blues of “Coliseum” and the mauling at-rock of “We Are Not Good People.” Guitarist Russell Lissack especially does yeoman service, unleashing ferociously gargled notes in “Kettling” and nerve-jangling strums on “Team A.” Bloc Party throws sharp elbows at every opportunity, yet never slips into gratuitous noise.

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