I was a big fan of Bloc Party's second album, 'A Weekend In The City', but am fully aware of why a lot of fans weren't so keen on it. While full of great songs, it lacked the urgency and raw emotion that made the first album so fantastic. I'm glad to say that this album re-captures the spirit of 'Silent Alarm'.
It starts off with a bang: 'Ares' is a shot of pure adrenaline in contrast to the slower, more downbeat songs from the second album. 'Mercury', the second track, is clearly the most experimental song they have released, and will take some time to properly enjoy. But experimentation in a genre which hasn't changed much in the last five years is good, and repeated listens of the track will yield results - it really does grow on you.
Not every song is as strong as the first couple, and some do fall back to the slower melodies of 'A Weekend In The City', but frankly any sub-par song on the album is more than made up for by the masterful 'Trojan Horse'. Possibly the strongest song they have yet produced, it combines all the best elements about the band; clever, meaningful lyrics, catchy indie guitar riffs, pounding drum beats, and electronic experimentation. It really stands out as the best song on the album, if not their career.
Overall, Intimacy is a true return to the wonderful formula of 'Silent Alarm', while at the same time pushing the boundaries of the genre to keep it sounding fresh. A must buy for anyone has had even the slightest passing interest in the band, highly recommended.