Silent Alarm (U.S. Version)
Label: Vice Records/Atlantic
The London four-piece delivers tightly-wound pop songs beaten into shape by frantic, spastic guitars and singer Kele Okereke's yelp-speak. When the bassist and drummer aren't locking into jerky, funk-ified punk rhythms on tracks like "Positive Tension," they are knocking out bleak, emotionally resonant pop.