Intimacy - Bloc Party
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  • Summary: The English indie rock band's third album was produced by Jacknife Lee and Paul Epworth.
Score distribution:
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Oct 6, 2014
    It 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.
  2. ChuckB.
    Oct 28, 2008
    I had the online version of this album almost a month ago, and fell in love instantly. Now that the the full album is out, I can't get enough. If you enjoyed either of the previous Bloc Party releases, this is definitely an album to pick up. Expand
  3. StarryEyed
    Oct 28, 2008
    This rating isn't accurate at all as the majority of the reviews posted are reviewing the internet album not the physical release. The three songs tacted on for the final release, "Talons", "Letter to my Son", and "Your Visits are Getting Shorter", are all pretty much excellent and possibly the most accessible joints on the album and really help push the final product to new heights not attained initially. Expand
  4. 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
  5. MattA.
    Oct 3, 2008
    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. Expand
  6. ChrisN.
    Sep 4, 2008
    Although not having the quality of Silent Alarm, Bloc Party's 2 follow-up albums have been fulled with catchy tunes that will ensure their relative success. For all those fans who have heard 'Mercury' may have been worried that Bloc Party were about to ignore their promise to create an album with the rawness of Silent Alarm and the experience of A Weekend In The City will be relieved to know that among a few songs of their new genre, there are many of their classic style. Unfortunatly this does not help create a well structured album and it does seem as though Bloc Party have thrown the album together rather quickly. If Bloc Party had not decided to release Flux with the re-release of A Weekend In The City and songs like Ares and Mercury were put together with the catchy floor-filler I feel we would all be praising Bloc Party for their genious right now, like we were with Radiohead when they released Kid A. Intimacy as an album might not have impressed us as much as it should have, but many of the songs on the album indivually will. For that reason I feel Intamacy still deserves 7/10. Expand
  7. 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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