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CD Review: Bloc Party 

Four (Frenchkiss)

On their first album in four years, the London quartet still finds reasons to work in those cool '80s and '90s bands they're influenced by. So you'll hear some Cure in "So He Begins to Lie," Joy Division-style minor-chord brooding in "3X3," and Blur's jagged rhythm stutters in "Octopus." You'll also hear bigger and more forceful guitars ringing throughout Four, which loses its identity about halfway through. But that's always been the case.

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