2006 is a year flying high on grandiosity: warm-ish reception to My Chemical Romance's mega-opera-arena-rock release, The Killers releasing at #2 on the pop charts, The Hold Steady channeling The Boss and writing about Boys and Girls in America.
Bloc Party, too, are simply not content to muddle around in the mediocrity of everyday indie rock, and have decided to up the ante on "Prayer". They've replaced their debut album's signature 'oh-oawhs' with meditation-style 'ohm's and 'oh-ah-oh's and piled on a multitude of effects, to the point that it would all just seem overblown and ridiculous if it weren't so damn wonderful of a song. Listen to this track and you'll see what I mean. The keyboard movements in the chorus may as well be a full-blown strings section, the drums are relentless, and Kele Okereke fills his voice with desire and pleas "Tonight make me unstopp-a-ble / and I will charm / I will slice / I will dazzle them with my wit."
Who in the hell do these guys think they are? Can you even begin to imagine the music video for this track?! According to their mySpace page, Bloc Party Sounds Like "melodic and dark, danceable yet powerful: something that will keep you yelling for more." Sounds spot on; honestly this is closer to a t.A.T.u. song than a rock song. And I for one couldn't be happier. Tour-mates 2007? Only time will tell.