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Bloc Party - Silent Alarm Remixed Review
by Eric Bodrero

Bloc Party's excellent debut Silent Alarm gets the remix treatment here, and it's just about what you'd expect: a killer album turned even more electronic by such superstars as M83, Four Tet, Ladytron, Mogwai and Death From Above 1979. If you enjoyed the debut album, you should enjoy this, however some of these tracks go nowhere in particular, and I personally could have lived the rest of my life without hearing some of them. However, most are very well done, especially the tracks from Four Tet, Mogwai, and Nick Zinner (of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's).

On some of the tracks such as "Like Eating Glass", the track has a nice sound going for it, but sadly the vocals get buried. Other tracks like the excellent "So Here We Are" from Four Tet set the remix standard that I wish the rest would have followed, but what do you expect from such a great track? The M83 mix is dreadfully boring, which is disappointing since they are such a talented band.

The rest are your typical remixes: some good, some bad, but all can be brilliant when they are used for what they were remixed for, which is to crank up on a giant stereo system and jam out to all night. If you're new to Bloc Party, I would certainly steer you away from this album and directly to the original, as this serves as mainly a companion album for the fans. But take it what it's meant for and it can be a very enjoyable listen.

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