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  • Summary: Kele Okereke & co. try to avoid the sophomore slump with this highly-anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed debut 'Silent Alarm.'
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  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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Too often Bloc Party aim for an overly expansive epic Coldplay quality that compromises the focus of their songwriting.
  5. An album of palatable Radio 1-friendly alt-rock. [Mar 2007, p.110]
  6. 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.
  7. The direction in which Bloc Party has traveled is entirely unsuited to its strengths.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 202
  1. BrandonA.
    Apr 15, 2008
    Critics will be critics. A Weekend In A City was an absolute masterpiece. The band themselves work so amazing together. Personally I love how Kele articulates his aspects on the modernity state of Britain. Could not have been expressed better. Collapse
  2. evan
    Feb 12, 2007
    I love it, every second
  3. Cyrone
    Nov 30, 2007
    The reason I'm rating this is cause it's been hated on SO badly by the critics. Honestly this is an amazing album, it grows on you BIG time and eventually is better than their debut. I was never a big Bloc Party fan until this 2nd album so urge everyone to get it. Expand
  4. JohnB
    Feb 5, 2007
    The first half of A Weekend in the City is better in every aspect compared to the second half. Lyrically, I hear honesty coming from Kele and that is something I can really sympathize with. His words will hit a core with the targeted age group even though they may seem overly simplistic and not so interesting at times. Lyrically and musically Bloc Party tries to create a concept of every day life in the UK and for that they deserve credit as well as exploring different sounds, leaving behind the dance punk so prevalent on Silent Alarm. This album really shows how far Bloc Party has progressed as well as its beauty with multiple listenings. A Weekend in the City may be overproduced and several songs are misfires, but it is not a failure by any means and it deserves its due respect. Expand
  5. JermA
    May 25, 2007
    Who the fuck are these 10's? People are really rating this album 10/10? On the flip side this album is shitty, but it doesn't deserve a 0/10. I would rate it a 5 or maybe even a 6 because the music is decent. Unfortunately Bloc Party's last album was so great that in comparison A Weekend in The City gets a 4. Expand
  6. KatheeR
    Feb 7, 2007
    A disappointed sophomore Album.
  7. MarkW
    Feb 7, 2007
    The worst album of the year, Bloc Party turns to a Emo band now, unfortunately.

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