I've reviewed a handful of albums on Amazon because most of the time albums have had enough support without me adding to it. I find that Intimacy could do with the help.
Firstly, the album itself got no favours from the band by having a low-ley release. Secondly, the choice of Mercury as lead single was brave to put it mildly. Foolish to put it more pragmatically. Thirdly, they go and put the weakest two tracks at the start of the album. And not just week tracks, tracks that risk putting people off. They are brash, awkward, experimental and difficult.
Especially given the majesty that follows. Any of the following 8 tracks would have made a better single choice than Mercury.
The music that follows is on a par with most of what Radiohead have released in the noughties. It's true that Kele doesn't have nearly as great a voice as Thom Yorke but he manages to conjure beauty, none-the-less.
Signs, Trojan Horse, Better than Heaven, Zepherus, Talons, Biko - there you have 6 songs that are filled with multiple ideas.
Signs is just the most beautiful thing they have ever done, all minor key with heartbreaking lyrics.
Talons you probably know but it equally complex with clarity and space that is way beyond the work of most other bands.
Trojan Horse has an addictive chorus and an exhilaration guitar solo.
Zepherus is dark and seductive and reminds me of Bjork.
Better than Heaven is an electo-tinted dream with a fantastic climax.
Biko is all keening and longing.
If, like me, you were disappointed in A Weekend in the City then you might fall in love with this.
And outstanding album and nearly as great as Silent Alarm. I listened to it yesterday and am still dumbfounded by it's lack of success.