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Weekend In The City


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  • With its second full-length studio album, A WEEKEND IN THE CITY, Bloc Party seems undaunted in following up its highly acclaimed debut, SILENT ALARM, assuredly presenting another shimmering set of heady, well-honed British rock. While the band's calling cards--alternately angular and chiming guitar lines, frontman Kele Okereke's plaintive vocals, and drummer Matt Tong's precise rhythms--are fully on display, WEEKEND features the London-based quartet in a more muscular mode, a point easily hit home by the fierce opener, "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)," which is marked by roaring six-string riffs and an insistent beat.
  • Although WEEKEND is less dynamic than SILENT ALARM, like that earlier release, the record is generally frontloaded with more aggressive tracks (particularly the searing, dance-tinged tune "Hunting for Witches"), leaving the latter part of WEEKEND to showcase Bloc Party's shoegaze tendencies ("Kreuzberg") and pop inclinations ("I Still Remember"). Bloc Party often verges on U2/Coldplay-like grandeur here, but it defiantly retains an edge that those acts lack, making this a distinct album by a band of its time.
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "They're one of the few acts that can write a song about a hangover that will also sound great during a hangover."

Entertainment Weekly (p.74) - "[D]rummer Matt Tong pumps out herculean disco-rock beats that'll work any nightclub into a froth." -- Grade: B-

Q (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music is spiky but widescreen throughout, with electronic trimmings and even a hint of U2's epic soundscapes..."

Uncut (p.75) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Guitarist Russell Lissack enchants on 'Kreuzberg'..."

Vibe (p.122) - "With WEEKEND, Bloc Party continue to refute genre tags, finding themselves wherever they may roam."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "A WEEKEND IN THE CITY resolves largely around a cast of twentysomething hipsters, created with obvious care and attention."
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