Bloc Party

Bloc Party
Bloc Party

Transitioning from over-hyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the men of Bloc Party, and the strain shows on Intimacy, the Brits' third LP. "Ares" is the sound of a band trying too hard, albeit with assists from some pretty interesting elements: screaming sirens, kinetic beats, and the lyrical declaration, "Get out of the way or get fucked up." But for every distinctive track along the lines of the calm, confident "Signs," there's one that's structurally dunderheaded ("One Month Off") or unexpectedly generic ("Halo"). The mutability of Kele Okereke's vocals adds to the project's scattershot feel: On the jittery "Mercury" and the more ethereal (and more satisfying) "Ion Square," he sounds like completely different people. As such, the results fall closer to inconsistency than Intimacy.

 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Phoenix Concert Tickets

Concert Calendar

  • November
  • Sun
    23
  • Mon
    24
  • Tue
    25
  • Wed
    26
  • Thu
    27
  • Fri
    28
  • Sat
    29
Loading...