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A Weekend in the City [CD]

Bloc Party Audio CD
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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 (5 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B000K7V6YC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Critical adulation and commercial success hasn't changed Bloc Party. On A Weekend In The City, they're still rolling with the punches, frustrated by small minds, social inequality, and a world that reduces the life's wonderful possibilities to a grey routine. "East London is a vampire," sings Kele Okereke on the opening "Song For Clay (Disappear Here)", "it sucks the life right out of me." This, unmistakably, is Kele's album. Whereas the group's debut, 2005's Silent Alarm, felt powered primarily by the sturdy rhythm section of Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong, here the whooshing groove recedes slightly, allowing for more lyrical reflections: see "Waiting For The 7.18", which finds Okereke pondering the quiet hell of the daily commute, or "Where Is Home?" – a thoughtful, bruised song about racism given a special bite by stint of Kele's background as a second-generation Nigerian immigrant. Also notable is a move towards more synthetic, electronic textures, thanks in part to the presence of producer Jacknife Lee. If before, Bloc Party sometimes sounded like they were trying to be machine-like, now they actually do, drums arranged in dense loops, guitars gasping robotic feedback. All in all, it's a less gripping album than Silent Alarm - but it's definitely a growth, and in the long run, it may prove easier to love. --Louis Pattison

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BLOC PARTY A Weekend In The City (2007 UK 11-track CD album - Produced by Jacknife Lee and recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland A Weekend... is inspired by frontman Kele Okerekes interest in what he calls the living noise of a metropolis capturing every detail from going out on a Friday night to the long ride home in the early hours of the morning including the singles The Prayer & I Still Remember)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just give me moments, not hours or days... 21 Mar 2007
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It's taken me a while to get into Bloc Party. I first encountered them at Leeds festival - and I wasn't impressed. They appeared to me to be just another wannabe indie-cool art band whose creative talent had been channelled into their dress sense instead of their music. However, after hearing some tracks from their debut album, Silent Alarm, and finally purchasing the album for myself some months ago, I have been forced slowly to admit that I was wrong. That album combined some infectuous motifs with some very effective musical arrangemnts that are by turns easy on the ears and great fun to dance to, coupled with some surprisingly clever lyrics (surprising because they're difficult to make out without the sleeve-notes).

This follow-up album is something entirely different - and so much the better for it. It seems the band have completely reinvented themselves and come up with something entirely unexpected, but just as good, if not better than their debut album.

The opening track has an incredibly inventive refrain (just try singing the line `Oh how long our parents they suffered for nothing' - it never does what you expect it to) and `Hunting for Witches', which follows it, similarly builds on its air of lurking menace and jaunty discontent (albeit with lyrics that are perhaps a tad unsubtle). The next two songs are linked, using the rythmic similarities between the verses of `The Prayer' and `Waiting for the 7.18' to generate a sense of alienation that links the situations of the two songs: one is constantly defeated, constantly looking for something more to life, whether `waiting for the 7.18' or `standing on the packed dancefloor'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Weekend in the City 22 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
Since 1st hearing this in November06, it was quite clear that this is a serious contender for Album of 2007.

Whereas it definately starts of strong- the 1st 5 tracks show Bloc Party have grown in every possible way as songwriters- the latter half of the album may take its time to grow on you as it definately slows down in terms of pace.

'Song for Clay (Disappear Here)' has a huge Muse-like guitar riff & really kicks off the album.

'Hunting for Witches' is one of the best tracks on offer here, with a scattered electronic intro which leads into a 'Helicopter'-esque guitar riff. Massive Chorus, and as with many of the tracks, a definite political statement is made in Kele's lyrics.

'Waiting for the 7.18' has a M83 influence in my opinion, continuing in to the crunky, electro beat of 1st single 'The Prayer'.

'Uniform' starts off softly, but eventually leads to a massive rock riff with more excellent guitar work from Russell.

'On' is definately where the album dips in pace. However, despite running out of ideas like most bands, it's here that Bloc Party demonstrate their new found experimentalism, employing strings instead of the usual distorted guitar tone.

'Where is Home?' begins with kele's moody vocals, sounding a little like TV on the Radio, before urgent drums accompany them. Guitars dont take over until the chorus, where the song soars. More political undertones in the lyrics.

'Kreuzberg' is a tender song about looking for love, but finding another one night stand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Silent Alarm?........possibly 7 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
With the exception of 'Where is home'(can't get on with it at the moment, maybe it will grow on me!), I love every track on the album.

'Uniform' stands out as a bit of a masterpiece. Really love the way it builds.

The thing that strikes me most about the album is the amount of emotion and feeling that flows through the songs. You feel that the songs really mean a lot to Kele and co.

'A Weekend in the City' lived up to and maybe even surpassed my expectations.

Highlights for me are 'Song for Clay', 'Uniform', 'Kreuzburg' and 'I still remember', though it is a tough task to pick out just a few!

Five Stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloc Party are back! 13 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
After the stunning and original 2004 debut 'Silent Alarm', Bloc Party are back with 'A Weekend In the City'. Silent Alarm was one of the best debut albums of all time in my opinion, so following it up was going to be a tough task. They've somehow managed it though, this album is full of blinding guitar riffs, haunting lyrics, and so much energy and emotion - you can really feel that the band have put all their heart and soul into the music. This Radiohead/Dizzee Rascal/Joy Division influenced band have gone from strength to strength, and have developed a unique and original sound. Kele Okereke (Vocals, Guitar) has a superb unique and strong voice that has great range and gives the songs a whole new dimension. Russell Lissack (guitar) uses a lot of delay and tremelo guitar effects that give the songs a sound of their own. Gordon Moakes (bass) and Matt Tong's (drums)creativity was what made 'Silent Alarm' really shine; on this album they are more low key, but they still do a great job of cementing the rhythm section. Kele is the main focus on this album. Bloc Party lyrics are very political (you can tell that Kele wants to make a statement on every song) and very strong; Kele is an excellent songwriter. The stand out tracks for me have got to be Song for Clay (a very haunting song with very strong lyrics about east london), Hunting for Witches with is great guitar riff, Uniform (brilliant song which builds up into a massive climax) and single The Prayer, with it's crunk influences.

The Bonus DVD comes with a short clip of the making of the album, but it's boring, and the camera work is awful. It doesn't give a great insight into the making of the album either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A classic 'difficult second album', and, sadly, nowhere near as good...
Very disappointed. All the things I liked on the first album aren't here on their second.

With the first album, I played it through and immediately played it again -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bloc
This is a great album and really delivers with bloc party's unusual and unique sound. Cant recommend this album enough
Published 11 months ago by W. J. Over
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album
Doesn't even need a description it is that good!!! Bloc parties best album by far, and one of my ultimate favourites. Delivery was alright as well.
Published 12 months ago by dominic smith
4.0 out of 5 stars friend gift
bought for a friend for secret santa last christmas and he was very happy - dont listen to the music personally but he was very happy
Published 18 months ago by kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars No (city) limits
This was the 'difficult second album' for Bloc Party after the universally acclaimed Silent Alarm. Musically it's a little more diverse, with tracks such as The Prayer layering the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I absolutely love this album. I love Silent Alarms obviously but I think each album is beautiful in its own way. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Chlo-Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars i <3 Bloc Party
I have all of Bloc Party's stuff - and in this album they seem to grow up - the sound is much cleaner than the raw energy of Silent Alarm, and I'm not sure if it suffers becuase of... Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2009 by L. Bartleet
4.0 out of 5 stars doing what they are good at
I love this album, its one of those that i go back to time and time again. Its got a mix of calm to energetic sound that theres always a mood that you can listen to it. Read more
Published on 19 July 2009 by rachels_biscuits
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this but I don't love it as much as some other albums I own.
This is a good CD very typical of Bloc Party. The songs are all good the song that stand out the most for me is 'Hunting for Witches'. Read more
Published on 23 April 2009 by Elizabeth Addison - Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars missing main ingredients
Ok, silent alarm is an amazing album and not easy to follow up and i don't think trying to make silent alarm 2 is the way to go but what made silent alarm so good was it didn't... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2008 by mega munch
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