Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Aug 28, 2012
    90
    It turns out to be the best thing they've ever done--yes, even better than Silent Alarm.
  2. 83
    [Four] checks all the boxes - urgent yelps, nervous rhythms, knife-crease guitars. It's all there, even if your own asymmetrical haircut is no more. [Aug 31, 2012, p.74]
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Sep 18, 2012
    9
    The record that should have gone between 'Silent Alarm' and 'A Weekend in the City', this is a return to basics for the band. It is louder andThe record that should have gone between 'Silent Alarm' and 'A Weekend in the City', this is a return to basics for the band. It is louder and harder than their previous work and has little to none of the over done electronic music Intimacy had. Welcome back Bloc Party. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2013
    10
    A lot easier to listen to then Intimacy, however seems a little more average/bland than their usual sound. Having said that, there's stillA lot easier to listen to then Intimacy, however seems a little more average/bland than their usual sound. Having said that, there's still really good tunes (Day Four, Leaf Skeleton) and it's markedly better than most of the years other releases. Overall a really solid album, albeit not as diverse and amazing as Silent Alarm of A Weekend in the City. Full Review »
  3. Sep 26, 2012
    5
    No one expected this band to outdo Silent Alarm, and with the progressively experimental sounds from A Weekend In The City and Intimacy it wasNo one expected this band to outdo Silent Alarm, and with the progressively experimental sounds from A Weekend In The City and Intimacy it was clear they weren't necessarily interested in doing so. Nevertheless, while some consider this a nice step back to their roots, it's ultimately a disappointment. It's harder but not fun. Grittier but messy. Simplistic but not memorable. That's not to say there aren't high points. "Day Four," "Truth," and the oddly placed "Real Talk" all offer classic Bloc Party with a little something new. At the end of the day, though, I'm left wanting more. Full Review »