by Bloc Party
- Record Label: Vice
- Release Date: Feb 6, 2007
- Summary: Kele Okereke & co. try to avoid the sophomore slump with this highly-anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed debut 'Silent Alarm.'
- Record Label: Vice
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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|Lord, give me grace and dancing feet And the power to impress Lord, give me grace and dancing feet Let me outshine the moon Is it so wrong to crave...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Positive: 12 out of 30
Mixed: 18 out of 30
Negative: 0 out of 30
It's smart, strange, just different enough from its predecessor, and, eventually, absolutely stunning.
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.
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.
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.
There's barely a song that isn't kneecapped by one of Okereke's lyrical clangers.
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.
The direction in which Bloc Party has traveled is entirely unsuited to its strengths.
Positive: 115 out of 208
Mixed: 25 out of 208
Negative: 68 out of 208
Mar 25, 2017Holly molly... whats wrong with this poor rating? This is the best album of Bloc Party, so much deep in my heart. This album reborn so muchHolly molly... whats wrong with this poor rating? This is the best album of Bloc Party, so much deep in my heart. This album reborn so much memories a few years ago. I love it... and again, I don't know why has this poor score...… Expand
evanFeb 12, 2007I love it, every second
CyroneNov 30, 2007The 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 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
JohnBFeb 5, 2007The 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 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
Mar 25, 2021Thanks to "Song for Clay" and "Hunting for Witches", this album is not entirely horrible, but the rest of it is bad, plain and simple. TheThanks to "Song for Clay" and "Hunting for Witches", this album is not entirely horrible, but the rest of it is bad, plain and simple. The lyrics are cringy, the vibes are strange. I've genuinely tried to like this album many times but as soon as track #3 starts, I feel genuine desire to experience silence rather than this record. If you were attracted by Silent Alarm, like I was, this is a disappointment.… Expand
MaxCFeb 8, 2007Just two songs are good in this record, Hunting for the Witches and On, the rest is rubbish.
MarkWFeb 7, 2007The worst album of the year, Bloc Party turns to a Emo band now, unfortunately.
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