Sticky Carpet: Party time as Kele Okereke and co go back to the Bloc

Looking back, not in anger

The span of time that's considered acceptable before a band can look back in full on a key album is contracting. What began as 25- and then 20-year retrospectives is now down to 13 years thanks to Bloc Party. In November the English indie-rock quartet will be revisiting in full their 2005 debut Silent Alarm on the Australian leg of a growing world tour. Instead of trying to turn back the clock, Bloc Party – original members Kele Okereke on vocals and guitarist Russell Lissack, plus 2015 replacements Justin Harris (bass) and Louise Bartle (drums) – can explore a record they're still connected to; nuance might prevail instead of nostalgia. Released in the wake of the Strokes and Interpol giving guitar rock a vintage sheen, Silent Alarm was a modern sound: urban motifs and urgency, dissatisfied and fierce in seeking intimacy. The band was last here in 2016, supporting their fifth album, Hymns, and this time they return to larger venues. The Melbourne show is Tuesday November 27 at Margaret Court Arena, with Sydney on Friday November 30 at the Hordern Pavilion. Full details and tickets at secretsounds.com

Bloc Party's 2018 line-up (from left): Kele Okereke, Louise Bartle, Justin Harris and Russell Lissack.

Bloc Party’s 2018 line-up (from left): Kele Okereke, Louise Bartle, Justin Harris and Russell Lissack.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

The Carters
​Everything is Love

(Sony Music)
★★★★

Everything is Love by The Carters, aka Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Everything is Love by The Carters, aka Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Solidarity is paramount on this collaborative album from Beyonce and Jay-Z. Having given voice to the former's marital discontent on 2016's masterful Lemonade, with responsibility and commitment as the reply on the latter's lean 4:44 album the following year, Everything is Love is a joint statement of marital bliss, economic endowment, and cultural celebration. Spectral electronics (Friends) and pugnacious rhythms (713) are the building blocks for the nine tracks, which are R&B tender in mood when the pair turn inwards and tautly triumphant when they look outwards. "Pay me in equity," Beyonce declares on Apeshit, and few artists can make a victory lap sound so pertinent and pleasurable. Finally 2018 has produced a valuable superpower summit.

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