Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
A Weekend in the City CD 13 V2 Records Japan V2CP 320 4520227014926
A Weekend in the City (iTunes Exclusive) Digital Media 13 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media)
A Weekend in the City CD 11 Wichita WEBB120CD 5055036261203
A Weekend in the City (ltd.) CD + DVD-Video 11 + 3 Wichita WEBB120CDL [none]
A Weekend in the City 12" Vinyl 11 Wichita WEBB120PD 5055036221207
A Weekend in the City 12" Vinyl 11 Wichita WEBB120LP 5055036231206
A Weekend in the City Digital Media 11 Wichita
A Weekend in the City CD 11 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media) CD 94598 075679459824
A Weekend in the City CD 13 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media) VICE 94677-2 075679467720
A Weekend in the City 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media) VICE 94598-1 075679459817
A Weekend in the City CD 11 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media) VICE 94598-2 075679459824
A Weekend in the City (Best Buy Exclusive) CD 13 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media) VICE 94700-2 075679470027
A Weekend in the City CD 11 Wichita IIV-0188 5055036261203
A Weekend in the City (Australasian tour edition) CD 15 Wichita WEBB120CDAU 5021456150359
A Weekend in the City CD 12 Wichita WEBB120CDX 5055036271202
A Weekend in the City CD 12 Wichita WEBB120CDX2 5055036281201
A Weekend in the City Digital Media 13 VICE Records (Brooklyn, NY-based record label of VICE Media)

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Flux
Hunting for Witches
I Still Remember
The Prayer
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000549697 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/11691 [info]
Wikidata: Q300615 [info]
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Produced by Jacknife Lee, *A Weekend In The City *sees Bloc Party attempt to translate an honest assessment of the beats of metropolitan modern life – drink, sex, drugs and violence – into a digestible record. Much of what made the band's 2005 debut *Silent Alarm *so successful is still there but the content is darker and the impact less immediate. This is a tough one to call.

"Song For Clay" verges on being the perfect opener, easily bridging the gap between the two albums with a typically rousing chorus. Momentum established, it is then carried with aplomb by "Hunting For Witches" and the exhilarating first single "The Prayer", which has every ebb and flow in the right place at the right time. Okereke's masterplan to use upbeat tempos to transmit downbeat content works and is utterly engaging. Wait a minute, it's only February and the album of the year gongs are being dished out without hesitation...or so you think.

Six tracks in and *A Weekend In The City *starts to fray at the edges. Close inspection of the lyrics show flaws and the music mood dips, giving the difficult subject matter too much time to dominate proceedings. "On" – a song about cocaine - and "I Still Remember" will deservedly garner
praise, but are in danger of being lost in the record's slower-paced second half, and the nauseating "Sunday" is a timely reminder to hover over the back button with intent.

The intensity of the album and its lyrics will be cause for debate. Some will appreciate Kele's openness and revel in his philosophical focus on modern lives, and the way people are wasting theirs, others will be too distracted by questionable content such as 'East London is a vampire/It sucks the joy right out of me,'and lines about sudoku to take Okereke's grumbles into consideration. Disillusion and disdain resonate frequently, and it does becomes draining.

But wait, isn't it a grower? Yes, in every sense, but not always to its advantage. A Weekend In The City is a tale of two halves. The strong start to the album continues to amass appeal with each listen whilst the weaker latter stages become more and more stranded.

This sophomore effort has enough merits to eek away from the looming shadow of Silent Alarm and signal a new era for Bloc Party. However, their defining album it isn't and the moments of early brilliance are tinged with disappointment.