Silent Alarm

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 234 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 7 out of 234

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  1. CaseyRDubya
    May 10, 2007
    4
    Sounds dated and dull! This marked the downfall of british music in 05. Fortunately Art Brut and the Go! Team revised it later in the year.
  2. May 13, 2014
    5
    It's nice but a bit boring, the same music, i expect something good for the next album..................................................................................
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  3. juckes
    Mar 9, 2006
    6
    just can't seem to get into this album, the banquet is an excellent song and will appeal to everyone. I can see why people like this band but i wouldn't call them the best band of 2005, lol, not a chance
  4. ste
    Jun 1, 2005
    6
    Descent album with 3 exceptional tracks - positive tension/price of gas/banquet, some good moments in opening track, helicopter, this modern love and pioneers, and some boring songs you can't avoid.
  5. SYanoff
    Jun 17, 2005
    5
    There's some catchy stuff on here, but it's just not a stunner.
  6. NateA
    Apr 24, 2005
    4
    You've got to be kidding. This is a third-rate imitation of better post-punk bands at best. At worst, just another whingy British singer mewling into a microphone.
  7. naja
    Aug 1, 2005
    5
    This album is overhyped and overrated. We have a collection of some sophisticated, catchy, dancey, post-punk music. And that's it. Nothing groundbreaking, none of that "re-invention" of rock and roll, just another album put out by hipsters who are trying to milk what today's adolescents are into for all it's worth. Plainly put, they're average. The music isn't This album is overhyped and overrated. We have a collection of some sophisticated, catchy, dancey, post-punk music. And that's it. Nothing groundbreaking, none of that "re-invention" of rock and roll, just another album put out by hipsters who are trying to milk what today's adolescents are into for all it's worth. Plainly put, they're average. The music isn't bad. It's not amazing, but it's easy to see as to why critics are drewling over this album and why any wannabe indie teen in the states loves this band. Expand
  8. time
    Dec 2, 2006
    6
    Very dissapointing :-(
  9. [Anonymous]
    Apr 28, 2005
    6
    Given the hype, I expected this to be a lot better than it is. Sounds similar to The Killers, Interpol, etc. I'm getting tired of the 80's new wave throw-back sound.
  10. BobbyW
    Feb 27, 2007
    4
    Vastly overrated. The singles are decent, the rest is utterly forgettable tripe that wasn't all that interesting when it was written in the 80s. The "political commentary" is a bore and unoriginal, especially framed by Kele's irritating voice. "A Weekend in the City" is worse though, so cheers on having produced your best album.
  11. Dec 20, 2013
    6
    Genius, just genius. This debut album is probably the best i've heard in ages. Too many tunes that you would like to listen to over and over again, people who don't rate this album obviously don't understand music.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Silent Alarm is dance rock, but highly caffeinated.
  2. Blender
    60
    Occasional flashes of brilliance transcend the deja-vu pastiche. [Apr 2005, p.113]
  3. Removing the formulae and sensual stimuli from the Party leaves little that’s substantive or innovative. Even the most cursory of examinations would show the group to be an “it” band and not much else. However, Bloc Party’s absurdly good at being an “it” on Silent Alarm.