Bloc Party - A Weekend In The City (buy)
Pretty much overnight March 23-25 has become a great weekend for live music. Amy Winehouse is playing the Mod Club on the 23rd, The Roots are playing the Kool Haus on the 24th (got my ticket!), and Bloc Party plays a sold-out show at the Kool Haus on the 25th. In regards to Bloc Party, their sophomore album entitled A Weekend In The City hits stores next week (February 6). Fortunately, the band is allowing fans to sample the entire album via their myspace page. Initially, I was not impressed with the album. Although it is much more accessible (i.e. radio friendly), I could not shake the feeling something was missing; that extra little bunch that made their debut, Silent Alarm (buy), so memorable. Just as I was going to disregard the album as a "sophomore curse", a weird thing happened...the album really grew on me. I mean a lot. Sure it's no Silent Alarm, but it is foolish to think it would be. The new album has its flaws but is still a fairly decent album. A Weekend In The City is just as political as its predecessor, but the politics does not dominate this time around. Equal weight is given to topics such as relationships and city life. This is either a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. While there was not a song that instantly grabbed me like “This Modern Love” did on Silent Alarm; the album doe have several stellar tunes that could easily be hit singles. My current favourite tracks include "Waiting for the 7.18", "Hunting For Witches", and "The Prayer." Needless to say, I find the first half of the album stronger than the second. Ultimately, A Weekend In The City is Bloc Party's attempt at reaching a larger audience without losing their dedicated fans. In that regards, it does succeed in striking a happy medium for the most part. It just takes a while to grow on you.
Song: Bloc Party - Waiting for the 7:18
Video: "I Still Remember" from A Weekend In The City. Although there are stronger songs on the album, in this environmentally conscious society, I am all for promoting public transit. That is until the "crazy guy" appears; trust me every train has at least one.