Intimacy

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2008
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Brave, individual and heartfelt, Intimacy offers treasure for fans old and new.
  2. At times the music, like the lyrics, does illuminate the problem of a band taking itself too seriously. But Bloc Party has always favored drama, and there’s plenty of precedent for overblown sentiment when it comes to pop and broken hearts.
  3. 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.
  4. Mojo
    80
    Boldness has its own reward in the big grime beats, tension-filled horns and cold self-loathing of Mercury. [Nov 2008, p.104]
  5. Alternative Press
    80
    Intimacy is arguably Bloc Party's finest moment thus far, offering sweat and circuitry, savagery and submission, and a captivating energy that's severely lacking in many music scenes on the planet. [Dec 2008, p.144]
  6. 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.
  7. Despite their third album's title, however, they largely focus here on frantic postpunk aggression that's not necessarily bad, it just isn't what they do best.
  8. Intimacy is not quite the radical statement its makers might think it is (I’m not sure what could be given the group’s evident ambitions), but it’s definitely a little bit of invigorating redemption at a time when doubts were beginning to cloud what was, initially, a flawless reputation.
  9. 70
    Intimacy offers the most ideas that Bloc Party has ever put on display. Skip the first two tracks and you'll find more hits than misses.
  10. Intimacy might not actually be all that intimate, but it is a thing of rough, recycled beauty. And if that isn’t worth getting beat up for, I don’t know what is.
  11. Rushed it may have been, but here Bloc Party seem to accurately reflect post-relationship blues: confused, introspective and stung.
  12. On Intimacy his ambition often outpaces the execution.
  13. Replacing Bloc Party's distant cool with vivid honesty, Okereke makes Intimacy a confident new peak for his band.
  14. 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.
  15. At times, Intimacy feels rushed and predictable, and at others, it's almost painfully ambitious.
  16. Under The Radar
    70
    They are so solid and so confident that it seems inevitable that they will get many chances to slowly drift into more daring lands. But without more risk, they may be destined to make albums like Intimacy--accomplished and intriguing, but not life changing, not classic. [Year End 2008]
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. MattA.
    Oct 3, 2008
    8
    Let's just stop comparing both this album and A Weekend in the City to Silent Alarm. It is ridiculous to hold Bloc Party to that. Taken Let's just stop comparing both this album and A Weekend in the City to Silent Alarm. It is ridiculous to hold Bloc Party to that. Taken on its own merits, this is a solid, interesting album. The lead singer's lyrics are still pretty bad but they weren't great on their debut either and no one seemed to have a problem then. The thing that has always elevated Bloc Party is their energy. It was admittedly more abundant on Silent Alarm than it was on A Weekend in the City, but they have regained some lost ground with this album. So again, don't expect Silent Alarm and you will have much to enjoy here. Full Review »
  2. Nov 30, 2015
    7
    This album has some really great tracks! I loved listening to Halo, Signs, etc. but somehow I can't help but think that this is a weaker pointThis album has some really great tracks! I loved listening to Halo, Signs, etc. but somehow I can't help but think that this is a weaker point for Bloc Party. Coming off of Silent Alarm and A Weekend and the City, they had some pretty big shoes to fill. Intimacy comes a little short but is still a good album. Full Review »
  3. Oct 6, 2014
    10
    It is hard to understand how an album that opens with wailing sirens, screeching vocals, masterful drumming and a daring falsetto bridge couldIt is hard to understand how an album that opens with wailing sirens, screeching vocals, masterful drumming and a daring falsetto bridge could be dismissed as boring or uninspired. After the god of war is set in motion, we're moved onto the brass filled, infectious 'Mercury', only to later change style numerous other times with Silent Alarm-esque rock anthems glazed in electronics (Halo,Trojan Horse One Month Off), and delicate heart tugging escapades (Biko, Signs).

    The album shape shifts through various dynamic styles, while retaining an electronic and sometimes sterile edge, blunted by catchy choruses and intelligent instrumental build-ups. The album really turns into something special toward its end especially, with the sprawling 'Talons', as rich in atmosphere and tension as it is in anthemic gusto, followed by 'Better Than Heaven' and closed with 'Ion Square', the former building toward heavenly synthased climax, and the latter serving as a poetic end to the record.

    Overall, despite its various themes, the album still feels connected in the sense that all of the songs share an electronic undercurrent which makes a powerful statement. It not only shows how capable the band is of changing their style, but also shows how dedicated they are able to be when they do it. The production of the songs is what makes them unique, and Bloc Party produce the whole of Intimacy which such a vibrantly new face that it's hardly surprising it caught so much criticism.

    Love it or hate it, this album made it clear that Bloc Party are not a one trick pony. There are parts of the album that may seem questionable, but its innovation (especially evident on repeat listens) makes it as credible as any band trying to break new territory, and they broke it outrageously too.
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