Bloc Party, A Weekend in the City (VICE, 2007)
A Weekend in the City is the long-awaited follow-up to Bloc Party's 2005 debut Silent Alarm, which is nails. This album's a lot more teh ghey, both literally and figuratively.
You can stream the entire album at Bloc Party's MySpace.
SONG FOR CLAY (DISAPPEAR HERE)
Heavier than anything on the first album. Any questions about whether or not Kele Okereke is really teh ghey should be dispelled by this song's intro, let alone the rest of it.
HUNTING FOR WITCHES
More along the lines of what you might call classic Bloc Party, but with lyrics that sound like bad high school poetry. Which is not to say that rock lyrics shouldn't sound like bad high school poetry. I'm just saying.
WAITING FOR THE 7:18
The sound of this album actually seems a lot more varied than the first one. I'm sure part of it's a feat of sequencing more so than anything else, but suffice it to say that it works.
I can't say that this has grown on me since I wrote about it a couple of weeks ago. I can appreciate the chorus, but the rest of it's just kinda gay, in both senses of the term.
I'm pretty sure this isn't some ridonkulously extended metaphor. Okereke really did take a trip to the mall and was disappointed by the wardrobe of today's youth. Whatever anti-war aspect of this is just tacked on to throw off the scent.
Some of Okereke's more "emotive" singing. He sounds like a real bitch during the chorus.
WHERE IS HOME?
This is about immigration? I'm disappointed.
And this is the one about coming out of the closet? (Nullus on this whole review by the way.)
I STILL REMEMBER
The song that could make Bloc Party as big as any number of other groups who've achieved a modicum of success here in the US. Coincidentally, this might be the gayest song on the album.
A song about two teh ghey guys waking up on a Sunday morning with a hangover.
Okereke has an important phone call with someone named Eugene. Presumably, they discuss his teh gheyness.
COMMENTS: Since the first album, Bloc Party has done quite a bit to switch up their sound, even though it's not like there was anything wrong with their sound in the first place. At any rate, this is still mostly pretty good. The lyrics were more of an issue for me, not just because they're teh ghey, but because they're silly.
BEST TRACKS: "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)" "Waiting for the 7:18" "I Still Remember"
BONUS VIDEO: "I Still Remember"