Bloc Party - Intimacy
Let's start with memory. Do you remember Silent Alarm? Where Kele Okereke was hailed as the second coming of Jesus Christ for delivering what could be entailed as the perfect indie album? Do you remember A Weekend In The City? Where everybody bitched a fit about the progression or instead used the album as a form of arousal because they loved the progression? If you remember both of these moments in time, you should be able to reflect over both albums, remember the sound, and the way you felt. Now, get your blenders and force those two albums in there. Press start. Stand the fuck back.
Intimacy is a coming out party. It's an explosion of intensity and a burst of energy creeping on the level of supernovae. Okereke can barely handle it, it appears, the album opens with "Ares" and Okereke going "Whoa whoa whoa whoa!" like he is seizing. But before the song implodes...it opens in a teasing sort of fashion, with this whirling-esque noise that leaves you imagine you are spinning. It's A Weekend In The City-esque.
The album does have its downs. What were they thinking with "Mercury?" The lyrics are repetitive and repetitive does not equate to catchy. But with downs, it goes back up. "Halo" sounds like it was stolen from Silent Alarm. Buying only Intimacy is like purchasing the discography of Bloc Party.
And I can advise nothing else but to do so.
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