Bloc Party
A Weekend in the City

Wichita
2007
C+
Reviewed by: Nick Southall
Reviewed on: 2007-02-05



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Posted 02/05/2007 - 08:05:07 PM by hammmd:
 this is the best/most accurate review of this album i've yet to see. kudos.
 
Posted 02/06/2007 - 05:03:32 AM by thesadpedant:
 "sophomore" STOP USING THAT WORD
 
Posted 02/06/2007 - 06:22:06 AM by meatbreak:
 Yeah, I second that - I don't even want to write it again, but please stop using it. It's awful - along with 'Seminal'.
 
Posted 02/07/2007 - 10:09:20 AM by jhitting:
 Bring back the words "titular" and "debasement" instead. I've always liked those. Just curious: could this record potentially be a "grower" not a "shower" like the latest Rapture record?
 
Posted 02/07/2007 - 10:40:48 AM by NickSouthall:
 That's an interesting question, jhitting, but two things compel me to answer in the negative.

Firstly, I initially heard AWITC back in early December, and while that was a poor rip, it was at least exposure, and enough to get an idea of things like melodies and lyrics.

Secondly, the sonics (and I know I go on and on about this) really don't leave much if anything to discover. It really is flat as a pancake, and totally upfront, despite the superficial appearance of heavy layering. You're not going to be noticing things in the mix in a month or six months that you've not already spotted.

Also, the more familiar I become with the lyrics, the more they irritate me. I deliberately focused less on them than some other peices I've seen about the record, because as a rule I'm less interested in words than enunciation / context, but at times they really are bad.
 
Posted 02/08/2007 - 03:30:22 PM by barbarian:
 What's up, Southy? Anyways, I haven't heard this album but am not surprised in the least that it is getting some hate. Really, there was nowhere to go but down from Silent Alarm. Not that Silent Alarm is the best album around - I think it's good but far from great - but Bloc Party's sound was already pushed to the extremes and after a while their political plundering just gets old and U2ish or something naturally.