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Following a long run of summer festivals and sold out tour dates,
Bloc Party brings us their newest studio effort. Intimacy is a fittingly
up-close title for an album that is, immediately, in-your-face and
in-your-ear. Bloc Party's third album is a thrillingly radical record,
bristling with percussive innovation, scorching riffs, orchestral
sampledelia, and biting emotional candor.

Bloc Party fans have awaited the arrival of Intimacy, the band's third studio LP, with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Where their debut Silent Alarm (produced by Paul Epworth) was universally touted as a modern classic, 2007's follow up, A Weekend in the City, was patchier. Intimacy is helmed by both Lee and Epworth. Its brittle contours, mish-mash of influences, and semi-awkward lyrics are quintessential Bloc Party. Mixing up everything from micro-house and dub-step, to indie rock and electro pop, there's a willful energy here reminiscent of the band's debut (though the spikier elements are more reminiscent of of AWITC. Opening cut "Ares" sets out the band's stall with a bombastic brew of high-energy drums, preening guitars, and urgent sirens, while upbeat lead single "Mercury," employs a quirky astrological motif. These prove to be the most charged tracks on the record as elsewhere the band indulges in choral-chanting and strings ("Zephyrus"), angsty art-rock ("Halo") and a surprisingly uplifting finale in the shape of "Ion Square." Intimacy is predictably unpredictable: knowingly difficult, defiantly angular, yet eminently likeable.--Danny McKenna
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  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001G0LBY2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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Music has always played a huge part in my life. I always relate events in my life and where I was to what song I was listening to. It can sometimes be emotional to me as well. No band has made me feel so many different things and left me with great memories over the last couple of years than Bloc Party. Their first album was a great introduction to what they would have to offer in the future. Everyone complains that their second album was just boring and huge let down. A great sign of band is a band that continues to grow and challenge themselves instead of just making the same album over and over. Yes, weekend in the city is nothing like Silent Alarm, but it is still just as rewarding an album with absolute stark and beautiful moments.
Now comes their new album that again, is unlike their previous efforts and shows them growing again. This is who they are now and what they are now is a band that can get you grooving wherever you are, and then pull you down and just make you smile at the quieter moments. The 4 additional songs here are a great addition to the set that was released digitally 2 months ago. The best of them is Talons. There is also, in my opinion, the best stretch of their songs in a row out of any of their album, which goes from zephyrus to Letter to my son. Better than Heaven and Ion Square pack a great one-two punch also. This is just a band that needs to be appreciated for what they are doing. Just sit back and enjoy one of the best albums of the year.
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Bloc Party has never been a band to stick with a single genre. This was shown on their debut album, 'Silent Alarm' and furthered itself on their greatly-under-appreciated 'Weekend in the City'. With their newest release, 'Intimacy', Bloc Party has once again reinvented themselves and shattered any preconceptions that one might have about the English group.

Upon exploring 'Intimacy' the album abruptly explodes in your face with the electronic/dance rebellion-screaming 'Ares' and delivers an immediate response with the first single from the album, 'Mercury'. Every track on this album will make you want to sing along, dance, and move to every beat. Although some may be adverse to the use of electronic/rock sounding rhythms, Bloc Party uses these techniques perfectly and takes full advantage of the energy they can create.

It must be said though, the standout song (believe it or not) is the slowest song they offer up this turn. The minimalistic approach used in the song 'Signs' will leave you in awe while the lyrics could bring one to tears. From an album this loud, something this quiet and simple shows the band can perform beautifully no matter the pacing.

The only mark against the album is that it does move at such a fast pace that some of the songs tend to sound alike (this is thanks to the use of the electronic style ever-present on this album.)

All in all, this album is a must have. It's an exciting and intimate look into singer/songwriter Kele Okereke's intimate life while keeping the songs uplifting and fun. While there are one or two songs that fall short, they fall because the rest of the album is so well done. Easily a contender for 2008 Album of the Year.

(4.5 out of 5)
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By Angela M on February 1, 2011
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I absolutely love this Bloc Party cd. I enjoyed all of their music but this is perhaps my favorite album they put out. I immediately adored the first six tracks but it took longer to warm up to the rest. However, once I did, I found some of the most haunting and wonderful songs like "Your Visits Are Getting Shorter" and the undeniably intense "Talons". This cd always makes me think of long nighttime drives in the summer. I never even skip a track - and for me that's the highest honor I bestow on an album.
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This album is certainly a departure from their previous work. It features more electronic and dance-driven tunes than its predecessors, yet it still sounds like Bloc Party underneath all the layers. The first two tracks, "Ares" and "Mercury", make this shift in sound readily apparent through the use of different samples, beats, and Kele's rap-like vocals. It's a far cry from the post-punk sound we've come to expect from the band but it's also refreshing and displays a group who's not afraid to experiment and build upon their sound. They're not the band's strongest work by any means but they're serviceable and get better over time. This electronica influence really blooms on "Talons", a track that perfectly merges the band's indie rock edge with more club elements and hits you full force. It's a great ride and one of the album's highlights. Similarly, the ballads "Zephyrus" and "Biko" make use of subtle keyboards and choir effects to create an epic and sonically thick atmosphere that sound unlike anything the band has done.

The band doesn't completely abandon their rock roots on this release either. Songs like "One Month Off", "Halo" and "Trojan Horse" are all more straightforward rockers in the classic Bloc Party vein while the more left-of-center production techniques are relegated to a supporting role. "Better Than Heaven" finds the perfect balance between these two influences, starting quietly with looped beats before the entire live band blasts in and finishes the song in an epic and loud climax. Two songs that I really love are "Ion Square" and "Signs". Both are beautiful ballads that ride gentle waves of electronic effects and feature a wide range of sounds and emotions.
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I agree with you. "Mercury" damn near ruined my preconception of this album. That single is terrible. It should not be on this album. Nevertheless, the rest of the album is stellar. I want a little more time with it, but I feel this might be my favorite Bloc Party album thus far. Have... Read More
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