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Old 08-18-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Bloc Party - Intimacy (Thursday 2008)

Bloc Party will release their new album in three days time (August 21).

The band announced the shock release during a webchat with fans on blocparty.com today (August 18).

NME.COM can exclusively reveal that 'Intimacy', the band's third album, is available to pre-order on CD and mp3 from http://blocparty.sandbag.uk.com now.

Fans can choose whether to pay either 5 for a high-quality mp3 bundle (to be delivered on August 21), 8 for a CD (to be delivered on October 27), or 10 for a combined order of both CD and mp3 bundle.

The full tracklisting for the album is:

'Ares'
'Mercury'
'Halo'
'Biko'
'Trojan Horse'
'Signs'
'One Month Off'
'Zephyrus'
'Better Than Heaven'
'Ion Square'

'Intimacy' was recorded in two separate sessions, as the band chose to work with both Paul Epworth and Jacknife Lee on the record.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:33 PM   #2
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awesome. though i fear the new direction wont be to my liking
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:36 PM   #3
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I will buy it.
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Old 08-18-2008, 04:38 PM   #4
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Yeah, Mercury was meh, but I'll pay the $10.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:14 AM   #5
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I'm unsure how much I'll like it judging by Mercury, will still get it though. I wonder when it'll be in shops, I prefer just to rock up and buy one.
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Oct 21st or something.

Hope they do a vinyl pressing.
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New song, "Trojan Horse", streaming on their myspace page.

http://www.myspace.com/blocparty
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:19 PM   #8
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Pitchfork isn't too big of a fan, but I like it.

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If it wasn't the name of this record, there's almost no way I'd use the word "intimacy" in relation to Bloc Party. Producers Paul Epworth and Jackknife Lee put their own distinctive sonic marks on the band's first two studio albums, but both made big, universal sounds rather than personal ones: Epworth's work on Silent Alarm introduced the group as cold and harsh, while Lee's A Weekend in the City was brash and flourescent-- a better fit for the band, even as singer Kele Okereke's increased candor has saddled his songs with clumsy, self-pitying lyrics. Still, thanks to the enduring goodwill they earned with that first album and their super-serious attention to craft, it wasn't unthinkable to view Weekend as their 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.

In a recent interview with Pitchfork, bassist Gordon Moakes admitted that Bloc Party haven't toured much of the album yet, and as a result, much of Intimacy feels overthought and underwritten, its jack-in-the-box studio effects attempting to cover for a lack of substance. Where "Like Eating Glass" and "Pioneers" steadily built towards barely controlled chaos with unpredictability and positive tension, "Ares" engages in all-out sonic warfare: Russell Lissack's guitar blares like a air raid siren, Okereke's vocals gets processed into Cheez Whiz, and if the rhythm section was in the studio at any point during the recording, you'd need surveillance videos to prove it. The same goes for the garish lead single "Mercury", which at least sticks due to the nagging repetition of its pie-eyed hook.

Though Lee and Epworth share production credits, it's obvious who Bloc Party is casting their lot with; maybe it's the quick turnaround or a desire to see Intimacy in a better light, but it's easy to judge this as Another Weekend in the City: The B-Sides. With its lulling arpeggios and hushed chorus, "Biko" (not a Peter Gabriel cover) feels like an unfinished demo of the band's own "Uniform"-- precisely the point where their last record went south. Where Lissack and Okereke's guitars once pierced with precision, the riffs of "Halo" and "One Month Off" haphazardly stack sixteenth-notes in search of the right angle. And while Okereke isn't as stuck on the minutiae of his hangovers, his romanticism still often results in clunky poetry-- the live-wire fritz of "Trojan Horse" is immediately short-circuited by bad Robert Smith karaoke ("You used to take your watch off before we made love/ You didn't want to share our time with anyone").

Another issue lies in the sequencing, as the record's second half shows more promise: "Better Than Heaven" hurtles through a steely echo chamber into Intimacy's only satisfying rockout, while the endless headrush of "Ion Sphere" proves the band can be epic without dozens of guitar overdubs-- a lesson lost on "Zephyrus", which hides Bloc Party's weakest tune yet under drum machine clatter. And like some sort of fever dream from 2005, "Signs" dreamily offers sweet nothings over a combination of Illinois interstitials and an ebullient synth pulse. It's gorgeous, but with all those bells and chimes, how could it not be? Even as the highlight of Intimacy, it's still evidence of an overarching problem plaguing the band, going from the implied, tightly coiled menace of the prophetically titled Silent Alarm to Protected-by-Viper obviousness.

While Okereke has described Intimacy as a break-up album, it feels like more of a document of a band disconnected from itself. Bloc Party's area of expertise as of late seems to be gloopy love songs, and their increased willingness to leave behind the spiky post-punk of Silent Alarm should conceivably only help them. But it's almost like they're embarrassed about it, or at least regretful that they've paved a path that can only allow them to get bigger. Rather than exploring depth, detail, and texture, the band puts their willingness to experiment in the hands of Lee, a rock producer, and like his charges of the past (Snow Patrol, R.E.M., U2), Bloc Party is encouraged to delve into electronic music in only the most arena-ready terms possible. Credit the band with being too restless to just rewrite "Price of Gas" 12 times-- we're just hoping they're bold enough to realize that songs like "Ion Sphere" and "Signs" prove they're now closer to next making Adore than War.
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Got this today, and I must say on first impressions I really like it. Didn't think I would.
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Got this today, and I must say on first impressions I really like it. Didn't think I would.
I really wasn't a fan at first (and I love both of their first two) but it really grew on me over a few months. I love Biko.
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