Intimacy - Bloc Party
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  • Summary: The English indie rock band's third album was produced by Jacknife Lee and Paul Epworth.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 80
    Boldness has its own reward in the big grime beats, tension-filled horns and cold self-loathing of Mercury. [Nov 2008, p.104]
  2. Intimacy is the English dance-punk outfit's most urgent-sounding effort yet, and frontman Kele Okereke and his bandmates probably couldn't bear the thought of waiting two or three months for it to be heard.
  3. This vicious playfulness extends to the music as well, which trims off the magisterial excesses of "Weekend" while keeping the band's recent noisy electronica crush intact.
  4. Released on the web fully two months before it hits record stores, Bloc Party’s third album is as gleaming and hermetically sealed as one of Kubrick’s monoliths.
  5. 60
    In truth, though, there's not too much here to alarm the undergraduate population.
  6. 60
    Even as Intimacy gets sonically or lyrically precarious--'Zephyrus' recalls 'Jesus Walks,' for Christ's sake--it does so while reaching hard toward something exhilarating.
  7. At its best Intimacy is taut and claustrophobic or movingly sentimental, but for the main part it is repetitious and bafflingly poorly realised, especially given that they could have had an extra six months to work on it.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    The third album by the band. Their least commercially successful but I think its a really good album. Marginally better than A Weekend in the City and not quite as strong as Silent Alarm but the band showed consistent progression with their sound from album to album. All facets of the records are strong and it's very hard for me to pick out faults except there is a lack of killer singles that were present on their debut. It's such a pity that they have seemed to stop at this record with Kele going solo (bad move in my opinion). They've been one of the few "promising indie hopefuls" from the mid 00's that actually followed through on their potential and grew their sound. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    Intimacy is Bloc Party's weakest entry, but that's not saying anything considering this was still a good album. I found it, for the most part, pretty enjoyable. It had a different sound to it and it sounded kinda strange at first but then you start to get into the groove and and start realizing that Bloc Party went crazy on this album. "Halo", "Biko", and "One Month Off" are great tracks. All In All, Intimacy is a good album by Bloc Party and I recommend it. B Expand

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