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Bloc Party are back!,
This review is from: A Weekend in the City [CD + DVD] (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. Luckily it comes with the music video for the first single 'The Prayer' which charted at no 4 in the UK charts, and the soon to be released single 'I Still Remember'. Both of the videos (especially I Still Remember) are an enjoyable watch, but unless your a massive bloc party fan i would just stick with buying the Non Bonus Edition.
Overall 5/5 If you haven't already heard of this fantastic and original band, then buy this album if you want to be truely awe inspired by the energy and depth that this album has. If you are already a fan, and are worried that this will not live up to Silent Alarm, don't be. Click the 'Add to Basket' button and never look back.