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A Weekend in the City,
This review is from: A Weekend in the City [CD + DVD] (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. One of the longest songs on the album has a cathartic instrumental section midway before Kele laments;
The bitter taste
Been fooled again
The search continues'
'I Still Remember', for Bloc Party, is a very simple song, picking up the mood slightly with an upbeat guitar line. Another song about lost love, yet contains a very uplifting melody. Very easy song to like.
'Sunday' finds Kele finally with that someone, detailing this in mildly playful lyrics in parts ('I love you in the morning, When you're still hung-over'). Like the previous track, in musical terms it seems very simple for a band like Bloc Party, however has another fantastic vocal performace.
'SXRT' is by far the most emotive song on 'AWITC'. Starting off very slowly with barely audible piano and backgroud noises, Kele seems to tell a tale of suicide before exploding into a Sigur Ros-like wall of sound.
The closing song is the most obvious mark that Bloc Party are meant for bigger things than most NME-fodder bands.
Despite having shades of 'Silent Alarm', 'A Weekend in the City' is far removed from the Dancefloor-Post Punk of the debut. With such a tight rhythm section in Matt Tong & Gordon Moakes, an incredibly talented guiatist in Russell Lissack and a frontman like Okereke who seems to want to make a statement or create a piece of art instead of a top 40 single, this album should see Bloc Party ascend to the same plain as other UK guitar bands like Radiohead.
5 Star album.