Bloc Party - "The Love Within" (Singles Going Steady)

Wow, Bloc Party are still going, eh? It's hard to imagine anyone being into this.

Dustin Ragucos: When I saw the amount of dislikes regarding "The Love Within" video, I only assumed that Bloc Party might've gone experimental and that this turn wasn't easily palatable. This song isn't stripped down and naked. This is bare-boned. I expected more than this from the band that made "Helicopter". [3/10]

Kevin Korber: The beginning of this song is beautiful; the way Kele Okekere’s meshes with the slowly-swelling synthesizers is something to behold. Then it breaks into a fairly thin dance track. The chorus recaptures some of that initial magic, but I can’t shake that feeling that I’m listening to half of a song, even if that half is great. [6/10]

Paul Duffus: Wow, Bloc Party are still going, eh? It's hard to imagine anyone being into this, the irritating wonky synths and the kind of melody a four year old — not a bright four year old — would come up with if you handed them a Casio keyboard and told them to "make singsong". It's actually hard to imagine that the band themselves are into this. No-one's favourite song now or ever. [2/10]

John Garratt: The only thing keeping this song from getting incessant, around-the-clock airplay at your local Old Navy is the pitching-bending function on their keyboards. But even if that wasn't there, I would rather shop in silence all the same. [3/10]

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Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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