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Old 08-25-2008, 05:12 PM   #106
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I heard Mercury on the radio today, it sounded nothing like the song that came before or after it.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:14 PM   #107
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I'm going to have to wait for the physical CD release...I can't use my credit card at the moment.

I'm assuming "Biko" is a reference to Stephen Biko?
I thought that as well, but no nothing to do with Stephen Biko.
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:18 PM   #108
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Nor Peter Gabriel.

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Old 08-25-2008, 08:42 PM   #109
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Haven't heard it yet

Anyone reckon Intimacy better than A Weekend In The City? I listened to AWITC yesterday for the first time in a few months and it absolutely blew my mind....Kreuzberg - I Still Remember - Sunday ......unbelievable
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:53 PM   #110
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Nor Peter Gabriel.

That would have been my second guess.

Anyway, I acquired the album this afternoon, thanks to some very kind and generous Interferencers... Before the anti-downloading brigade jumps down my throat, yes, I still intend on buying it. Here are some brief thoughts after about three listens:


Ares (4.5/5)
Wow. Talk about an album-opener! It's absolutely mad. Panning vocals, mechanical guitars, frantic drums...it's like Silent Alarm on steroids. The atmospheric breather towards the end is very nice as well. My favourite song on the album at this point.

Mercury (4.5/5)
I heard this a while ago and was slightly worried, but it all makes musical sense in context. The synth and drums give it a bit of an industrial feel. It's rather crazy, just like Ares.

Halo (3.5/5)
This one feels like standard Bloc Party, and I can't help feeling a little disappointed. Maybe it'll grow on me.

Biko (3.5/5)
I was expecting to hear some anti-apartheid inspired lyrics in this one. The chorus, "Biko, toughen up," immediately dispels that whole idea. This song sounds like it should take off at some point, but it never does. Another grower, perhaps.

Trojan Horse (4/5)
Ah, we're back to that mad, frantic sound again. I love it! 2:19-2:43 is the kind of stuff I was expecting to hear from U2 back when Bono was prattling on about "punk rock from Venus."

Signs (4.5/5)
It's Sigur Rós, Bloc Party-style. This is something completely new for the band, and it sounds amazing. Kele's delivery is wonderful.

One Month Off (3/5)
I don't know why, but it screams second or third single. I really the sound in this one. A heavily-processed guitar mixed with synth, I think. Other than that, though...it doesn't really appeal to me as much as the others.

Zephyrus (3/5)
Maybe my least-favourite on the album. I was only half-listening to it a little while ago and thought I was listening to 15 Step for a second (the drums.) The background vocals that start in the middle of the song are a bit strange. Like...staccato Gregorian chanting or something. It might grow on me.

Better Than Heaven (4/5)
Very dark, and very good. I love the vocal delivery on this one. The music really fucking takes off at the end!

Ion Square (4.5/5)
The song is almost perfect. That's all I really need to say about it. I don't know if it can match SRXT in the Bloc Party album closer department, but it definitely comes close.


All in all, Intimacy is a great assortment of stand-out tracks and potential growers. Raw, gritty, electronic rock. It has a very consistent feel throughout, and already seems a lot more cohesive than A Weekend In The City. I love AWITC, so this one may end up surpassing it quickly.

Bravo, Bloc Party!
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Old 08-25-2008, 10:25 PM   #111
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I'm glad you enjoy the album, Steph.
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I've given it around 3 full listens and it's gotten better each time.

Also, I really love the song titles on this thing. Very cool song titles.
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Old 08-26-2008, 08:42 AM   #113
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This album kicks ass.

And it sounds like our friend Kele has had his heart broken. Lots of lyrics about loneliness and a love lost.

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Old 08-26-2008, 08:54 AM   #114
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The Pitchforkers have got their hands on the album -

"We hoped Bloc Party's last record, A Weekend in the City, would be the group's version of U2's October-- an endearingly awkward transition between a bracing debut and a masterpiece every bit as outsized as the ambitions of its creators. Sadly, album number three is less War than Evil Urges."


Intimacy | Pitchfork

Can Pitchfork review any European guitar-based band without comparing them in some outlandish way to U2?
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Pitchfork sucks.

I just like saying that a lot.
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Old 08-26-2008, 10:59 AM   #116
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So according to Pitchfork: C-Play's VLVODAHF > B-Party's Intimacy

I'm just hanging out for P-Fork's review of The Verve's Forth, an album that doesn't appear to be getting the praise I would have anticipated it to recieve.
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So according to Pitchfork: C-Play's VLVODAHF > B-Party's Intimacy
You know that white snow that Chris Martin was talking about in the song Violet Hill?

Well, with this new album, Bloc Party has turned that snow yellow.
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Old 08-26-2008, 11:07 AM   #118
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So according to Pitchfork: C-Play's VLVODAHF > B-Party's Intimacy
C-Play, B-Party, R-head...

I've been listening to this all morning and it's a grower, the second half appeals to me more so far...
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:19 PM   #119
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Is anyone really surprised that this isn't going to get very good reviews from the music press? A Weekend in the City had some pretty miserable reviews and scores itself, and it was far less of a mess than this is as an actual "album". Bloc Party: A Weekend In The City (2007): Reviews

It should be no surprise as to why the first album was celebrated by critics and the music press, and why the second was a disappointment to those same people. In turn, it shouldn't be a shocker that those same people are going to find Intimacy even more off-putting and weak in comparison to both of those. I think even a few of us actual fans here (myself included) have mentioned that we think it's probably the weakest of the 3, so I'd assume you can expect to most critics scores reflecting the same thing.

In Pitchfork's defense though, they gave the first two albums quite strong scores, and lets not forget that Bloc Party's initial hype in the US among the hipster crowd was in a lot of ways fueled and led by Pitchfork themselves, so it's not as if there's some ridiculous conspiracy against British bands or Bloc Party themselves there. The one person that was chosen to write the review apparently liked it less than a lot of us did, I probably would have given it a high 6 or a 7.0 myself if I was feeling generous.
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I personally think it's better than A Weekend In The City.
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