We all knew the electronic experimentation was coming; the only surprise is that it didn't happen on last year's noble failure, A Weekend In The City.
Bloc Party get it out of their system early with the whirling sirens and drum machines of opener Ares; then comes the dreadfully over-sampled and jarring Mercury. And just as you're about to write off Intimacy for self-indulgence, along comes Halo, a track equal to any hit from their respected Silent Alarm debut.
Intimacy requires patience and understanding. Patience for the new territory Bloc Party feel compelled to explore, win or lose, and understanding that Kele Okereke needed to make a relationship record to honour a loved one's memory, even if the lyrics suffer from his absorption. The rewards are there - it just takes some work.