Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Albums of the decade #2 – Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City (2007)

A relatively recent discovery, and some people still don’t believe that this album supersedes The Remote Part.  It does.  Lyrically, this is a brilliant critique of modern life, but not a depressingly negative one, like so many are.  ‘Kreuzberg’ in particular is a song I think everyone should listen to and memorise.  Bloc Party’s mix of rock, pop and electronica is magnificently balanced and gives Weekend an sense of excitement – it’s just a very exciting album to listen to.  While it doesn’t quite present a single outstanding contender for greatest song ever, it includes some enormous tunes in ‘Song for Clay’, ‘Waiting for the 7.18’ and ‘I still remember’.  Also, the lyrics to ‘Sunday’ are some of the prettiest I’ve heard.  Another album that hangs together amazingly well and, although a recent discovery, well deserving of its place behind the number one.

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