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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.
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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This is the Japanese (Import) version of their latest full length 'A Weekend In The City'. The cool thing about this version is that it has two Bonus tracks: "We Were Lovers" and "England". Both songs are great and are as good as any of the songs that build up the "core" of this album. "We Were Lovers" starts as a pretty and intricate song that breaks out into a driving rocker about half way through. This follows the pattern of many of the songs on this album - they build to a release. I think this works well. "England" is a more moderate tempoed song that stays mostly constant and has a good catchy riff.
The "core" group of songs that make up this album are the same no matter where it was released. It is a very cohesive album of songs that all fit well together. There are some solid stand out tracks - 'Uniform', 'Song for Clay'; and some great singles - 'Hunting for Witches', 'I Still Remember'.
*I just wanted to make sure to point out that the Bonus Tracks here are different than the ones that came on the Best Buy and the Target Exclusive versions of this album. The Target version contains the Bonus Tracks 'The Once And Future King' and 'Secrets'. These are also really good songs, especially 'The Once And Future King'. 'Emma Kate's Accident' and 'Version 2.0' are on the Best Buy version. I have bought all three of these versions of this album ( and also a number of the singles) so I could get all these great b-sides. I've found about 12 b-side tracks after searching through all the different versions of this album and its accompanying singles!
'A Weekend In The City' is a great sophomore effort from a great (dance-rock?) band. Fans of good music will like this one. Fans of Bloc Party like myself, will enjoy hunting down all the great b-sides. Wikipedia.org has a good breakdown of their discography which will help you find all their hard to find tracks. Also look at some of the international Amazon websites for sinlges and versions that may not be on the U.S. Amazon site. Happy Hunting.
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Most songs have attractive melodies that stay in your head.