Silent Alarm

Universal Music Ltd.
Release date
4 Apr 2008
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Like Eating Glass 4:22 585,318
2 Helicopter 3:40 807,054
3 Positive Tension 3:55 508,446
4 Banquet 3:20 936,359
5 Blue Light 2:47 542,042
6 She's Hearing Voices 3:31 503,887
7 This Modern Love 4:25 680,322
8 The Pioneers 3:35 188,978
9 Price of Gasoline 4:20 201,016
10 So Here We Are 3:53 548,977
11 Luno 3:56 405,305
12 Plans 4:10 389,352
13 Compliments 13:03 347,041

About this album

Silent Alarm

This is the next album everyone is going to be listening to by the next band everyone will be talking about, and it’s obvious from the bad ass opening of the first track, “Like Eating Glass.” This London four-piece produce complicated, electronic orchestrations, blended seamlessly with tight-knit indie-rock drenched in hooks and crafted by truly deft musicians. Each song is so densely layered, the three-hundredth listen sounds as fresh as the first. Singer Kele Okereke’s voice jumps left and right, speaking and shouting in bursts between electronic lifts rising to a plateau of pretty-boy singing before guitar-god rock breaks things back down again. The skill this band employs could plant suspicions that they’re a popular, more experienced band, hiding their identities to release a completely different album than they could otherwise, but, in fact, these newcomers aren’t widely known superstars — yet.

Grade: A

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