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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. 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. Dec 30, 2010
    9
    A great follow up from their first album Silent Alarm. A Weekend In The City is a lot different sounding from Silent Alarm. The lyrics are a lot more in depth and it sounds a little more mature. The vocals are better, the lyrics are good, everything just sounds great. All In All, A Weekend In The City is just as good, if not better, than Silent Alarm. A- Expand
  2. 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 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. Expand

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