So while we're still preparing for the arrival of Hymns, I think a lot of Bloc Party fans are still reeling from the shock of 'The Love Within'. The divisive track was the first single from the new look band, but with a few more songs out now, a bigger picture is soon forming.
The latest single 'Virtue' came out a few days ago and the band shared a live rendition that's pretty good although not perfectly smooth, and yet it's still my favourite single released yet. The other track 'The Good News' has Americana/country sounding guitars throughout, and with religious overtones in the lyrics, it's definitely a bit different, but not all that remarkable.
Overall, the three tracks are leaving me with real mixed emotions. There's glimpses of good ideas throughout all three songs we've heard so far and I'm desperately vying for a brilliant new Bloc Party album, but I'm just not convinced that they're going to deliver one.
Hymns is set to be released on 29th January 2016 via BMG.