Kele Okereke and co. party like it's 1998
After the city paranoia of their last album, with their third, Bloc Party seem determined to dance away the heartache. Drawing inspiration from the big beat of a decade ago, Intimacy begins with “Ares” , a crash of Chemical Brothers drums, and the sound of their fanbase considering a run to the hills.
In truth, though, there’s not too much here to alarm the undergraduate population. “Mercury” is a decidedly aggressive single, certainly, but “One Month Off” is a quality “Banquet” rewrite, while throughout the Jacknife Lee/Paul Epworth production, there’s an air of slightly hedged bets. A policy tweak, then, if not a new manifesto.
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