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Bloc Party are an English rock band, composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Russell Lissack (lead guitar), Gordon Moakes (bass guitar, synths, backing vocals, glockenspiel), and Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals). Their brand of music is said to have been drawn from such bands as Mogwai, The Cure, Joy Division, Sonic Youth,[1] and in their more recent work, Radiohead.

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  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vice Records
  • ASIN: B000M06K5C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
2. Hunting For Witches
3. Waiting For The 7:18
4. Prayer, The
5. Uniform
6. On
7. Where Is Home?
8. Kreuzberg
9. I Still Remember
10. Sunday
11. SRXT

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The follow-up to their smash debut, "Silent Alarm", is every bit as bright, powerful, and catchy, with the addition of more muscle, attitude, depth, and a bit of polish courtesy of their producer, Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol). Inspired by lead singer Kele Okereke's interest in what he calls "the living noise of a metropolis", this record captures every detail of daily life in a modern city from the ebullient to the mundane. From the quiet desolation of commuting to casual sex, from going out on a Friday night to the long ride home early in the morning, these are songs desperate to understand the meaning that pulses under the moments of our every day.

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Bloc Party may have arrived in an outbreak of like-minded British bands set upon shooting holes in the Union Jack while knocking out a sharp post-punk soundtrack, but it didn't take long for the foursome to set itself apart from the pack. Fronted by Nigerian-born singer Kele Okereke, the group's 2005 debut, Silent Alarm, soared as much on crystal ambition as it did on ridiculously danceable pop melodies. This follow-up is darker, more cluttered, and harder to digest. That doesn't make it less striking. Exploring themes of racism, terrorism, sexuality, addiction, and death--the usual fodder for a cosmopolitan three-day bender--Weekend in the City is an album that plays to Bloc Party's strengths: tempo-shifting rhythms, inventive art-rock arrangements, and lyrics that twist and turn on a whim. "The Prayer" and "Uniform" are particular standouts, capturing moments when Okereke lets self-importance fade and majestic beats take charge. --Aidin Vaziri

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cholo_Miller on February 10, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow, you've got to hand it to these guys for such a bold move. Gone are the stiff, jerky rhythms; spastic guitar riffs; and terse shouts that dominate their indie-rock scene and catalyzed their rise to fame on singles like "Helicopter."

Gone, in fact, are the singles altogether. Instead, Bloc Party has given birth to what has, in the new millenium, become a rare specimen: an album that's meant to be heard collectively, as an album. But doesn't this fly in the face of the music industry's current assumptions? With the event of file sharing, the development of the Ipod, etc. isn't there much less of a market for this kind of thing? Evidently, Bloc Party doesn't care a tick.

And after all, youthful non-conformity seems to be the spirit of the record. Its words are a stew of strung out reflections, accusations, and critiques covering love, libertinism, political fear mongering, drugs, and of course apathetic mall-going drones. Musically, it rejects the formula of the band's (former?) peers, which derive from the late 70s'-early 80s' alternative bands like Gang of Four, the Talking Heads, and (early) Cure. Instead it goes for the theatrical, taking cues from, for example, eighties metal bands (don't try to tell me you couldn't mistake the intro to "Hunting for Witches" for a techno remix of "Crazy Train"); also early 90's alternative and some of the more recent post-punk, screamo, and neo-prog groups come to mind. All this, of course, on top of jungle beats and an overarching punk rock sensibility.

Perhaps a more subtle and unlikely though is a hint of Bruce Springsteen (Just hear me out!) on songs like "I Still Remember" and "Sunday." Here we have two songs with lyrics about being young, looking at society from the margins, and being in love.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wampler on February 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is a huge leap ahead for fans of Bloc Party. It is a concept album based on the isolation and lonliness that a big city brings, especially to twentysomethings. Kele Okereke, the bands lead singer has not left room for ambiguity in his lyrics, and that makes them all the more powerful. Bloc Party has created a record, not just a hit song which is so prominent in Top 40. Hats off to Bloc Party for superb songwriting and deliberate and meaningful lyrics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen F. Nath on May 26, 2008
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Now, I loved Silent Alarm as much as anybody else. Bloc Party became one of my very favorite new bands after listening to that album. The sparse, spiky guitars, persistent drumming, and melodic vocals made for a brilliant album that hearkened back to the punk and post-punk movements of the 70s and 80s. A Weekend In The City, Bloc Party's follow-up, is a very different animal altogether. The guitar sound is roughly the same, but the vocals have a softer, almost blurry quality to them, the drums might as well have been drum machines (but they are still amazing), and the song content is darker and more melancholy. If Silent Alarm was the Saturday night out on the city, A Weekend In The City is the hang over of the Sunday morning...blurry, atmospheric, abashed, and slightly angry. And it works very well.

"Song For Clay" starts out the album with a simple vocal and guitar melody that turns into pounding drums and clashing guitars, but it's not quite as explosive as the rockers on Silent Alarm, it still sounds vulnerable. "Hunting For Witches" is a description of how the media has used "fear to keep us all in place", employing electronic-sounding guitars to fill as a symbol of modern paranoia, truly a standout track. "Waiting For the 7.18" is one of my personal favorites, with a somber melody dissolving into blissful noise pop behind the refrain "Let's drive to Brighton on the weekend." "The Prayer" is a slightly weird track, with synth and drums backing the harsh, abrasive verse, and a sweet little guitar melody serving as the backdrop for a chorus that contrasts well with the verse. "Uniform" is a song about the conformity of teens, with soft guitar becoming a riveting guitar solo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brock Mercil on March 18, 2007
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So, Bloc Party's sophomore album is incredible. Not nearly as fast paced as their debut "Silent Alarm", as a matter of fact there's no song on this album which would fit on that album. This album contains so much more emotion and feel than were used to seeing from Bloc Party. I've lived in England since February 2005, and this album feel's like it. Every song on the album is very well put together, and there is quality felt all around. From Song for Clay (Disappear Here), which makes you want to party and thrash about, to SRXT, which is so melodic that it gives you goose bumps, this album is awesome. Definitley a diamond in the rough. I've listened to the whole thing front to back round 20 times or so, and it's better every time I hear it. So, if you want good Brit/Post-Punk/Indie/Rock, Bloc Party's new concoction is all you. Buy and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darth Tel on March 28, 2007
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This is not "Silent Alarm II". Bloc Party (wisely, in my opinion) decided to step in a new direction. Gone are the guitar riffs of "Helicopter" and Matt Tong tones back his trademark stacatto drumming slightly (but still manages to be a complete beast). In are more meaningful lyrics, a deeper, richer and fuller sound, and, above all, a more mature sound. This is definitely a band that is maturing and discovering what it wants to be and sound like, hence the huge differences between the sounds of "Silent Alarm" and "A Weekend in the City". However, do not mistake this difference for weakness. "Weekend" is a strong album and a great album, and hopefully a barometer of what Bloc Party will be doing in the future.
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Its ok, nothing like the original
Bulllcrap, this album's amazing! Kele is a genius.
Jan 8, 2007 by WRING |  See all 2 posts
New Bloc Party sucks
Interesting cause I found "A Weekend in the City about a month ago and i've been listening to it ever since. I'm not gonna say that it's better or worse than their last album but i hated the new songs in concert when i heard them last summer but i've grown to really like the new stuff. not... Read More
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