Bloc Party
Little Thoughts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Lowe CONTRIBUTOR (90 Reviews)
October 30th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although it was released to merely hype up the band in America, Little Thoughts EP is a worthwhile listen for anyone wondering how Bloc Party sounded before making it big.

Hype can often be the downfall of a band, especially when it weighs down a band that hasn't had a lot of time to actually prove themselves. This could have been the story of Bloc Party, who were projected to be the next big thing in indie rock after releasing only two singles in the UK. These singles helped Bloc Party achieved heights far out of the reach of most bands, making it big before releasing a full length album and sounding great right out of the gate.

Bloc Party are one of those rare bands whose early tracks are better than a lot of their album cuts, which is quite a feat. Little Thoughts EP is a compilation for Americans who missed out on Bloc Party's UK only singles that proves that feat, massively hyping up the band's upcoming debut album. Propelled by this EP, Bloc Party were projected to be the next big thing, and the five top notch tracks from this compilation certainly earned the hype. Little Thoughts EP consists of the title track and "Helicopter," the two singles that were later released on Silent Alarm, and the other three tracks are from the band's self titled debut EP and the b-side of "Little Thoughts." "Helicopter" was an early standout and would go on to become the band's signature song, while "Little Thoughts" stands out as a fun and catchy little tune that almost didn't make Silent Alarm for being too upbeat and catchy. The other three songs show Bloc Party in their infancy, with a much less developed post-punk sound. From the early 80's throwback post-punk riffs in "Skeleton," to the bright looping arpeggios in "Tulips," Bloc Party showed glimmers of their soon to be masterful combination of Post-punk and Indie rock. Little Thoughts EP shows off the roots of the band that would soon become their staple: Post-punk influenced dual guitar riffs, pounding and electrifying drums, and the emotional core of the band: Kele's passionate lyrics and vocals. Bloc Party would go on to answer the hype thrust upon them with their incredible debut album Silent Alarm two months after this compilation was released; and Little Thoughts EP shines strong as not only a hype generator, but the first of many stellar releases in Bloc Party's discography.



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tried to make it one paragraph but I failed
way better than Four

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tommygun
October 29th 2012


24954 Comments


Skeleton is the best song they ever made

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


16026 Comments


Like their first 2 albums a lot, will check this out.
Nice review, pos.

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tanks dawg
Yeah Skeleton is one of my favorite Bloc tunes

tommygun
October 29th 2012


24954 Comments


Good review btw, pos from me. I don't have this EP but I have heard each track many many times so might as well rate it while I'm here.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ghost neggers hate me oh boy

tommygun
October 29th 2012


24954 Comments


Lissack fuckin rules, one of my fave guitarists.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


19798 Comments


I've never heard an entire album by this band

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should change that buddy
Yeah some of my favorite guitar jams are Bloc Party tunes

tommygun
October 29th 2012


24954 Comments


Atari check Silent Alarm it rules.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


19798 Comments


I'll listen to them later good review pos'd

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


16026 Comments


Banquet riff is luvly

HighandDriving
October 29th 2012


3288 Comments


Lol Rob Lowe.

Negged for a bad joke.

sixdegrees
October 29th 2012


17154 Comments


Silent Alarm is amazing

you won't be disappointed, Atari

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What joke? That's my damn name

sixdegrees
October 29th 2012


17154 Comments


damn you're getting negged hard, dude.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


50458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess I should expect to get Tony Danza'd from now on huh

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


19798 Comments


Okay silent alarm it is

HighandDriving
October 29th 2012


3288 Comments


MY NAME IS BERNARD REYNOLDS

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2012


16026 Comments


why is the name rob lowe funny ? seems pretty standard to me lol



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