Label: Wichita
Key Track: "Helicopter"

High-energy Brit rock that sounds like a hipster dance party waiting to happen. With punchy post-punk instrumentation and a serious tone, Bloc Party's debut was a long-overdue reminder of how urgent and exciting simple rock could be. Ring the alarm!

Silent Alarm producer Paul Epworth also called the shots on Maximo Park's A Certain Trigger and The Rakes' Capture/Release.