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Flirting with euphoric synth-pop and gospel, Bloc Party's fifth album reflects a change not only in the British alt-rock band's lineup (new bassist, new drummer), but also in their attitude. "I knew from the beginning I wanted to call it Hymns," says queer frontman Kele Okereke of the record's holy optimism. "Throughout my work, there have been recurring nods to faith. I'm not religious, but I did grow up in a religious household. I recognize that as a human being I have a spiritual dimension." Here, Okereke details Hymns' saintlier influences.
Hymns is out on January 29.