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Album: Intimacy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ares
2)    Mercury
3)    Halo
4)    Biko
5)    Trojan Horse
6)    Signs
7)    One Month Off
8)    Zephyrus
9)    Talons
10)    Better Than Heaven
11)    Ion Square
12)    Letter to My Son - (previously unreleased)
13)    Your Visits Are Getting Shorter - (previously unreleased)
14)    Flux
15)    [CD-Rom Track]
 

Album: Intimacy
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ares
2)    Mercury
3)    Halo
4)    Biko
5)    Trojan Horse
6)    Signs
7)    One Month Off
8)    Zephyrus
9)    Talons
10)    Better Than Heaven
11)    Ion Square
12)    Letter to My Son - (previously unreleased)
13)    Your Visits Are Getting Shorter - (previously unreleased)
14)    Flux
15)    [CD-Rom Track]
 
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  • Personnel: Rhian Walther, Rebecca Wallis, Roz Sherris, Charlotte Nicklin, Ingalo Thomson, Sharon Kniss, Hayley Kruger, Sarah Meunier, Sara Coffey, Alex Cope, Claire Fletcher (soprano); Frances Rowberry, Alison Benbow, Desola Haastrup, Philippa Gardner, Gretchen Cummings, Jenny Marsden, Angharad Lloyd, Claire Hetherington, Julia Saperia, Bettina Weichert (alto); John Catherall, Dave Garioch, Victor Gan, Richard Furse, Peter Kenny, Gordon Banner (tenor); Chris Wright, Tom L. Smith, Tim Meunier, Peter Jennings , Mark Rivers Moore, Henry Ross, Stephen Hall, Chris Brasted, Malcolm Aldridge (bass voice); Paul Archibald, Guy Barker, Sid Gauld, Derek Watkins (trumpet); Christopher Dean, Dan Jenkins, Christopher Dean, Roger Harvey, Colin Sheen (trombone); Jacknife Lee (keyboards, programming); Sam Bell (programming).
  • Additional personnel: Exmoor Singers Of London.
  • Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
  • Recording information: Olympic Studios, London, England (11/25/2008-11/26/2008); The Garage, Kent, England (11/25/2008-11/26/2008); The Pool, London, England (11/25/2008-11/26/2008).
  • Photographer: Perry Curties.
  • Arranger: Avshalom Caspi.
  • For its third studio outing, INTIMACY, the British rock group Bloc Party makes a notable departure from the post-punk/shoegazer-influenced SILENT ALARM and the arena-ready WEEKEND IN THE CITY, opting for a boldly wide-ranging set of songs that often boasts a shiny techno veneer. In fact, INTIMACY's first two tracks, "Ares" and "Mercury," recall the more aggressive side of the Chemical Brothers, which isn't entirely surprising, since Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke collaborated with the electronica duo in the past. While some fans, particularly aficionados of ALARM, may be disheartened by such a sonic shift, the scorching "Halo" keeps the torch of earlier albums burning, and "Signs" picks up on the ensemble's occasional ambient leanings, showing that Bloc Party can maintain some bearings even as it sets out towards unfamiliar waters.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.112) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Fronman Kele Okereke treats his voice like a strange instrument, chopping it up and dropping it into the mix....Replacing Bloc Party's distant cool with vivid honesty, he makes INTIMACY a confident new peak for his band."

Spin (p.88) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Kele Okereke's lyrics make it clear the album's title is no accident: This is his relationship record..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.61) - "Bloc Party have proved they can throw out a scapel-drawn guitar line with the best of the aughts' new-wave revivalists..."

Alternative Press (p.144) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "INTIMACY is arguably Bloc Party's finest moment thus far, offering sweat and circuitry, savagery and submission, and a captivating energy that's severely lacking in many music scenes on the planet."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Bloc Party have decided, it seems, to really go their own way on an album of extremes, both musically and emotionally....Boldness has its own reward in the big grime beats, tension-filled horns and cold self-loating of 'Mercury'..."

Clash (magazine) (p.122) - "Varied yet coherent, commercial yet experimental, one of the most confusing and downright exciting albums of the year."

Uncut (magazine) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Mercury' is a decidedly aggressive single...'One Month Off' is a quality 'Banquet' rewrite..."
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