Has Bloc Party fell off? I was asking myself that question as I took in their show Wednesday night at The Ogden Theatre. I have been a loyal follower of the Brits, since I first saw them at Austin City Limits in 2005, it was right about the time "Silent Alarm" was released and they were the "it" band of that year. Fast forward nine years later and five studio albums, the band still carries the same energy, yet for some reason, (it may have been the order of the setlist) I felt as if they could have given it a bit more. My opinion could be due to the fact that, "Silent Alarm" was to me what The Killers "Hot Fuss" was at the same time, an all out play on repeat album that made me want to dance. Not to say I haven't enjoyed every one of their records ever since, I felt a void that can only be described as disappointed. The venue was packed but not sold out and at times it seemed that the set was at a standstill between more of their mellow songs, the crowd often seemed subdued by the mixture of upbeat dance numbers and slower ballads. Maybe I caught them on a bad night, or maybe they have fallen off. By no means was the show "epic," nor did they "kill it". They did manage to entertain those loyal followers for the almost two hour set. To some it was the price of admission.
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Setlist: So Here We Are | Team A | Hunting For Witches | Positive Tension | Kettling | Real Talk | Waiting For The 7:18 | Song For Clay | Banquet | Coliseum | Day 4 | The Prayer | We Are Good People | Encore 1: Signs | Ares | This Modern Love | Flux | Encore 2: Montreal | Truth | Helicopter