Weekend in the City Extra tracks, Import
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MP3 Music, January 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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it took me so long to get into this album. Which makes sence when your introducion to bloc party is litterally the best work they made and is one of the best indie albums of all... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chase Enjoys Music
Weekend in the City is a disappointing followup to the brilliant Silent Alarm. I've listened to this new album about six times through and that will probably be it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robert Keegan
Where to begin.....ok i like Silent Alarm but only after listening to it repeatedly. I initially had a little trouble getting used to the lead singers voice. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Dark Mark
Half of the vinyls did not work, it just played no music at all. the ones that did work were great.Published on March 11, 2013 by Luke Jones
I especially like the chanting/droning on the album. This first half of the album is heavier, faster, more intense. The second half is a little softer and slower.Published on January 25, 2013 by Elwood Blues
Fantastic album. Sweet vocals and amazing instrumentals. The CD has an overall cool, chill vibe. I would recommend it. Drive while listening at night. It will change your life.Published on October 14, 2012 by R. Starr
Weekend in the city is the second album by British indie rock sensation Bloc Party. Solid album wth solid songs. Fans of the band will be fans of the album for sure. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by Seamus
I love Bloc Party, but I didn't love this cd quite as much as Silent Alarm or Intimacy. It has some stellar tracks and some that just kind of fade into the background. Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Angela M
This was a solid album for BLOC PARTY.
Most songs have attractive melodies that stay in your head.