Posted by: Dave on February 23, 2007 at 6:00 pm

by Mike Moretti
Music Director @ 88.3 FM WSBU

Bloc Party A Weekend In the City (Vice)

BlocPartyWeekendI would hate to sound cliché, but the United States is about to witness another British Invasion. Straight out of the UK, Bloc Party’s most recent release, A Weekend In The City, can best be described as… different, if you are comparing it to the previous release Silent Alarm.

A lot has happened since 2004’s Silent Alarm. Lead singer Kele Okereke has since come out as a gay man, which gives a totally knew spin on Silent Alarm. When reading along with the lyrics, one can’t help but pick up on alternate homoerotic meanings. Read the lyrics and come up with your own conclusions.

Bloc Party ventures from its trademark “four to the floor” indie dance club hits, “Helicopter” and “Banquet” to pick up an arguably more intricate sound. There are points in the CD where one can pick up an almost U2-like sound.

The album starts out with Okereke singing falsetto and sounding as if he is soloing in an opera for indie rockers. Luckily, this opera only lasts for 1 minute and three seconds. This is the introduction to “Song for Clay (Disappear Here),” which quickly transitions into driving drums and uniqueness of Bloc Party’s guitars. “Song For Clay” tells the story of a man who can’t feel any emotion for anything anymore, feeling nothing when he kisses. Okereke compares London to a vampire, because the city sucks all life out of him.

This heartwarming tale of vampire-like cities is followed by arguably the best song on the album, “Hunting for Witches.” This song alludes to the train bombings in London. The band creates an incredibly smart upbeat song comparing the government’s hunt for terrorists to that of Salem’s witch hunts of the 17th century.

Next, is the song “Waiting for the 7:18,” which sounds almost as if it’s the love struck daydreamer’s anthem. The song is about all the things one could do with their life and how it’s never too late. The song is almost inspirational. It also sets off a kind of “This Modern Love” mood after listening.

“Kruezburg” also stands out on this album. The song is about being twenty-five and realizing something in your life must change. One could come to the conclusion that what needs to change is Okereke hiding his true self from the world In the song he compares him shutting his real self from the world to the Berlin Wall.

Bloc Party is developing as the sound of our generation, and the best part is we’ve been listening since the beginning. There is something about the Bloc Party. The members of the band are old romantic souls stuck in the bodies of young hip musicians, breaking through the confinements of their old album and into a newer, more mature sound.

Overall, almost every track on the release stands out as hum and tap worthy. It’s hard enough to pick just four stand-out tracks. I feel guilty for brushing over “Uniform,” because it perhaps has the best guitar riff ever written, but a 500 word limit is a 500 word limit.

The online community is amidst a civil war, arguing if the new Bloc Party is better or worse than the previous album. This album is a prime example of how a band can mature, slightly change their sound, and pull it off. Bloc Party is now comfortable in their skin and here to stay. As Greg Khaikin would say “This album has more explosions than a holy day in Baghdad.”

Britian is not only exporting an amazing hit record from Bloc Party, but look out for Lily Allen and Klaxons, ‘cause they are going to be huge, ya heard.

4.5 out of 5. Worst off the album – “I Still Remember”

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