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Weekend in the City Extra tracks, Import

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Japanese pressing of the sophomore album from the British arty Post-Punk quartet features two bonus tracks, e Were Lovers' and 'England'. Produced by Jacknife Lee and recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland. Bloc Party's newest collection of songs is a stunning, intense and brilliant follow-up to the debut. A Weekend in The City is inspired by lead singer Kele Okereke's interest in what he calls 'the living noise of a metropolis.' On Weekend, the band captures every detail from ebullient to the mundane of daily life in a modern city. These are songs desperate to understand the meaning that pulses under the moments of our everyday: there are bursting with tension, paranoia, sadness, love and an intense need for reason as to how city life has become so displacing. 11 tracks including the first single 'The Prayer'. Wtchita. 2007.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
  2. Hunting For Witches
  3. Waiting For The 7.18
  4. Prayer
  5. Uniform
  6. On
  7. Where Is Home?
  8. Kreuzberg
  9. I Still Remember
  10. Sunday
  11. Srxt
  12. We Were Lovers (Bonus Track)
  13. England (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: V2 Int'l
  • ASIN: B000KN9FQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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By Matthew on November 19, 2014
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Amazing album, got this copy to frame for my room. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen. These guys are my favorite band, and this album in particular is fantastic. The melodies and rhythms are good, Kele has a beautiful voice (and Gordy does great back-ups), and everything has a feeling of being complete. If you like to read into song meanings then listen to the lyrics, because almost every song has some kind of story behind it and it's not always obvious.
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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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