Sound — 9
After explosive debut release (Silent Alarm), Bloc party have picked up where Radiohead left off, with a beautiful blend of Smith-esque post punk with cold Electronica smothered in amazing musicality which make 'Weekend in the City' an amazing album, their originality come out with Songs such as 'Hunting For Witches' in which an intricate guitar Drives the lyrics and drums, while 'The prayer' Brings a cold beauty to the Album, the Experimentation of this album with sampling, Guitar and Bass Effects (Octave Divider and Fuzz)and Drum machine give a dynamic to the sound and create an atmosphere of sound and emotion.
Lyrics — 8
One thing the Band have been criticised for is their sound and lyrics slight resemblance to "Radiohead", and Kele Okereke delivery on the first album gives you that sense with Lead guitarist Russel Lissack's Jonny greenwood look and sound. This album has proved that they have out grown talking about life and Love in their songs and now touch on subjects such as Drug abuse, Immigration, latent Homosexuality, Casual sex, Terrorist attacks and Black British community which are intricatly hidden behind Metaphors of Witch Hunts, Infidelity, and love with much edgier lyrics on 'WITC'with lines Such as 'I'm sitting, on the roof With a shotgun'(Hunting for Witches) or 'Feasting on sleeping pills and Marlboro Reds' (Song For Clay (Disappear here)).
Overall Impression — 9
This Album is must have for serious Music lovers, who enjoy a rush of music to their ears, this album will definitely become addictive, it has become for me and is one of my great love and most probably one the best albums of 2000's. My overall impression has changed tremendously with this album turning them from silly post punk boys, to Politically and socially aware musicians who have courage to experiment and have a voice through a large landscape of sound which is heard on 'A Weekend in the City'.