Their second release "A Weekend in the City" did not have the same immediate effect but I grew to love tracks "Hunting For Witches" "The Prayer" and "Where is Home?" I noticed that the band was leaning to a more electronic sound. The release of "Flux" which consists of the title track "Flux" and several electronic remixes confirmed to me that Bloc Party was heading in this direction.
It came as no surprise during my first listen of "Intimacy" that the album was chalk full of experimental electronic and big beat music. It is almost entirely absent of the indie guitars and hard drum lines that initially won me over on "Silent Alarm."
While I was not surprised I was certainly disappointed. It is not that I prefer the indie sound of "Silent Alarm" over electronic music. My disappointment is that I just don't feel that Bloc Party is in their true element with the big beat sound. Kele Okereke's vocals that sound similar to "The Talking Heads" does not fit with the music. And I have to ask what the other three members of the band are doing when the music behind the vocals is almost entirely electronic and absent of guitar, drums (that aren't synth) and bass.
A review by musicomh.com captures my feelings on the album -
"Elsewhere, the electronic stylings that have been unveiled in singles Flux and Mercury fail to disguise poor lyrics and limited themes, such as the unartful dissection of a failing relationship of Trojan Horse ("you used to take your watch off before we made love"), the literally hackneyed dissection of a failing relationship of One Month Off ("when we started this it was paradise, not Bethnal Green"), or the pretentious attempts at obscure depth of Mercury or Zephyrus."
"Where "Like Eating Glass" and "Pioneers" steadily built towards barely controlled chaos with unpredictability and positive tension, "Ares" engages in all-out sonic warfare: Russell Lissack's guitar blares like a air raid siren, Okereke's vocals gets processed into Cheez Whiz, and if the rhythm section was in the studio at any point during the recording, you'd need surveillance videos to prove it. The same goes for the garish lead single "Mercury", which at least sticks due to the nagging repetition of its pie-eyed hook."