Bloc Party – Intimacy Track for Track Review
We Listen For You Thursday, August 21, 2008
I'm a huge fan of Silent Alarm and was disapointed by A Weekend in the City. I'm about to press play on their new album and write down my thoughts as the album spins. Here we go...
Ares: This is a great track if you like to get yelled at with shallow lyrics. The line “Get fucked up!” repeated over and over might take over where Weezer’s “We’re all on drugs” left off. The song has one promising moment when everything drops out (2:17) and a beautiful melody begins. This is quickly ruined by “in 98” followed by a collection of ugly sounds pilled on top of each other.
Mercury: I will say that I’m not a big fan of this song…however, at least it’s something that takes chances…it feels fresh on this album of yawns.
Halo: Here we go. Upbeat. Yes. This, my friends is Bloc Party. Here is the secret to to Bloc Party: when the guitars are king, the tracks kills…when they’re stored away in the background, the sound falls apart. This is the first track I like on this album. Good work guys.
Biko: “For my sweetheart the melancholy.” What the fuck does that mean? Hell, we could write these lyrics…try it, put the first three words that come to your head together…”Potato Jet Hamster.” Perfect. It can’t get any more pretentious than this song…soft vocals with once again, SPOKEN WORD, sprinkled in the background. I want an upbeat guitar riff…I want Banquet…give me one track here guys.
Trojan Horse: Cool melody. More of the Bloc Party sound I enjoy. I approve.
Signs: Cool opening. I’m into it so far. Bringing in an electronic beat…this could be a great track. Another soft set of vocals, but the background sound is so fascinating, I’m still hooked. Need a build here soon. Nope, leveled off again. Well, it wasn’t that bad, but the potential for a great track was not realized.
One Month Off: This sounds like that bad Hot Topic pop-punk band track, circa New Found Glory. Nothing special once again…I wouldn’t care if didn’t know this band can write some fucking great songs. Another weak ass chorus. I’m frustrated.
Zepherus: The pretension is back. Shallow vocals that are slowly spoken, sing, you’re not a chant band…or maybe you are and should change.
Better Than Heaven: Spoken word…lose it. Catchy drumbeat, would like this song if it wasn’t for the deadpan lyrics/vocals. I’m not sure if the chorus really changes much from the opening verse…I’m board…itching already to abandon this record and put on Silent Alarm…is this the same band?
Ion Square: Interesting piano opening. I’m intrigued. Oh, he’s whining again. Come on. This song has to explode soon…come on guys, grow a pair. Nope, leveled off just like the first three tracks. I’m sure it will explode later on, but in the last fifty seconds. This track has lost me, simple synth repeated…there is nothing here.
Overall, very disappointed. Decided since there are only ten tracks, I would give each track the potential of gaining a point. Halo definitely deserves a point, Trojan Horse, Mercury, and a half of a point for Signs. That my friends is not a great score. I want my old Bloc Party back.