• Record Label: Vice
  • Release Date: Feb 6, 2007
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It's smart, strange, just different enough from its predecessor, and, eventually, absolutely stunning.
  2. A Weekend In The City is the aural adaptation, a digital manifestation, of what it’s like to be a twenty-something in Britain, today. It’s dirty, dishevelled, unsure and paranoid; fearful, easily distracted, boisterous and ashamed; reckless, wild, nervous and terrified; graceful, thought-provoking, clumsy and contradictory. And it’s very nearly perfect.
  3. How good is A Weekend In The City? At times, it's brilliant: bold, forthright and honest.
  4. A Weekend in the City showcases what all the band's initial buzz was about, but twists and filters what might have been expected, leaving them open to praise for different reasons.
  5. It's a given that some people will miss the raucous Bloc Party, but there are enough in-your-face moments and hidden gems to keep A Weekend In The City on regular rotation. [#16, p.90]
  6. This album isn't as brash or immediate as the band's earlier work, but its gradual move from alienation to connection and hope is just as bold as Silent Alarm, and possibly even more resonant.
  7. The real achievement of 'A Weekend In The City' is its path to this conclusion, pulling hard-won moments of contentment from a maelstrom of anger and confusion.
  8. When A Weekend in the City comes bursting out at you with a gaggle of second-album upgrades-- new tricks, new scope, new arrangements-- the bulk of them sound like good ideas: They've been executed by hard-working professionals.
  9. 70
    A post-electronica, post-rave production that jettisons genres and cherishes uncut creativity. [Jan/Feb 2007, p.77]
  10. 70
    On Weekend, the group's clearly into its '90s phase, and enjoying it. [Feb 2007, p.124]
  11. 70
    At Bloc Party’s best, music and message collide with astounding force.
  12. Too often, the music on A Weekend in the City is less memorable than the ambitious subject matter.
  13. Those hoping to be converted are likely still to doubt the 'voice of a generation' tag.
  14. 60
    Not since U2 built an Atomic Bomb has one band tried so hard to turn each track into a breahless epic. [Feb 2007, p.84]
  15. Too often Bloc Party aim for an overly expansive epic Coldplay quality that compromises the focus of their songwriting.
  16. There's barely a song that isn't kneecapped by one of Okereke's lyrical clangers.
  17. Claustrophobic with multitracked vocals and baroque effects, the album lacks the wiry catchiness of hits like “Banquet.” [5 Feb 2007]
  18. 60
    For an album that strives to articulate the youthful pleasure-rush of love, drugs, and power, this is a worryingly pedestrian effort. [Mar 2007, p.75]
  19. The psychic bruising Okereke has sustained playing the East London fame game during the past 12 months has produced self-pitying lyrics that frequently state the bleeding obvious.
  20. 60
    The album's substantial rewards lie in the unorthodox rhythms of drummer Matt Tong. [Mar 2007, p.102]
  21. An album of palatable Radio 1-friendly alt-rock. [Mar 2007, p.110]
  22. The second half of the album falls into a malaise as tempos slow and arrangements become more orthodox, placing Bloc Party closer to Coldplay than one would have thought possible two years ago.
  23. They play things way too safe... which makes for a rather boring listening experience. [Mar 2007, p.142]
  24. Though the new bunch [of songs] are sharply executed, they cry out for killer choruses now that they're not just outcries of generational frustration. [8 Feb 2007, p.70]
  25. 'A Weekend In The City'... fails because it tells us nothing new.
  26. This young band has something fresh to say, which softens the letdown that their late attempt at post-punk heroism falls short.
  27. A Weekend in the City borders on emo in its wordy self-obsession, so even though the record is actually more sonically adventurous than its predecessor, it seems like a massive step backward.
  28. Okereke now sings instead of barking, and, well, oops on him.
  29. It’s a difficult album to love, or even like. But, for all its faults — and there are many — there is enough here to make one think that maybe, just maybe, Bloc Party are capable of making, with their third LP, the kind of challenging yet highly accessible pop album they think they’ve made here.
  30. The direction in which Bloc Party has traveled is entirely unsuited to its strengths.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 299 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 204
  1. May 12, 2015
    7
    If you are able to detach your preconceptions about Bloc Party based on Silent Alarm, this emerges as an imaginative, attention-grabbing andIf you are able to detach your preconceptions about Bloc Party based on Silent Alarm, this emerges as an imaginative, attention-grabbing and genuinely strong release. Full Review »
  2. May 2, 2015
    6
    For Bloc Party, following up their seminal debut album 'Silent Alarm' was always going to be a challenge. After only two years out of theFor Bloc Party, following up their seminal debut album 'Silent Alarm' was always going to be a challenge. After only two years out of the limelight, 'A Weekend in The City' was released in early 2007. The album definitely sees a progression in Bloc Party's music. It's quite impressive how much they matured musically in just a two year period, with a much more electronically driven sound than 'Silent Alarm'. Despite some notable high points with the music however, it's certainly the lyrics that let this album down. Kyle Okereke trying to be almost too realistic in a lot of these songs, and almost comes across as cringeworthy at times. After getting off to a fairly reasonable start with 'Songs for Clay (Disappear Here)', 'Hunting for Witches' and 'Uniform', the album is somewhat let down by a collection of very weak songs towards its latter stages such as 'Where Is Home', 'Kreuzberg' and 'Sunday'.

    One particular bright spark; the single 'Flux' which was part of the re-release is one of the best songs Bloc Party ever produced. An electronically driven indie classic. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for the entire album, but writing another album which was up to the standards of 'Silent Alarm' was always going to be a challenge in itself.
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  3. Nov 7, 2011
    8
    Supposedly a concept album, this is a very solid follow up to Silent Alarm, showing lots of ambition and progress. This has all theSupposedly a concept album, this is a very solid follow up to Silent Alarm, showing lots of ambition and progress. This has all the ingredients that made the bands debut so enjoyable, and in many places expands and improves on it. However while Kele's vocals have improved slightly, his lyrics here are at times cringeworthy. Sometimes they work and to be fair they do sound very personal and you have to give credit to him for attempting to wear his heart on his sleeve, but most of the time it's teenage poetry drivel. If you don't listen too carefully they probably wont take away from the record, unfortunately I listened a bit too carefully. Musically excellent though. Full Review »