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A Weekend in the City (Special Edition) CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2007)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000WTNDA8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Song for Clay (Disappear here)
  2. Hunting for Witches
  3. Waiting for the 7.18
  4. The Prayer
  5. Uniform
  6. On
  7. Where is home?
  8. Kreuzberg
  9. I Still Remember
  10. Flux
  11. Sunday
  12. SRXT

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BLOC PARTY A WEEKEND IN THE CITY New A Weekend in the City (Special Edition) [Audio CD] Bloc Party

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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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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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Introduction:

A Weekend In The City is Bloc Party's long awaited and long overdue follow-up to Silent Alarm. It features 11 brand new tracks, including the current top 5 single "The Prayer". I have been looking forward to this album for quite some time but was put off slightly by the single, which I don't particularly like. Thankfully, the rest of the album is better than that one song suggests and includes a plethora of decent tracks.

Highlights include:

"Hunting For Witches" - a rather fitting title for the song because the main melody is somewhat haunting. This is perhaps the rockiest track on the album

"Uniform" - one of the longest tracks on the album at a little under 6 minutes. The opening 2 minutes are mellow but then suddenly the song increases in tempo courtesy of a bass line that's introduced and gradually develops into a glorious ending with decent guitar solo

"Kreuzberg" - a mellow track that is a delight to listen to and very emotive

"I Still Remember" - this will presumably be the second single because a music video has already been made, as shown on the bonus DVD (which I shall mention in a minute). I can fully understand why this would be released as a single because it's an infectious song and definitely one of the strongest on the album. It's a mid tempo track with some pop sensibilities about it

The album does feel quite morbid in places (especially the final track which is pretty depressing) but it's enthralling and insightful. It feels a lot more personal this time round and I get the impression Kele is singing about real-life experiences in most of the songs. The production values have improved from the previous album making it feel different to their debut.
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