Bloc Party
Another Weekend in the City


3.0
good

Review

by Jonny Hunter CONTRIBUTOR (103 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As a mish-mash of b-sides, remixes and demos it shouldn't be any surprise for you to learn that this collection doesn't deliver a coherent experience.

Whether you like Bloc Party or not, it's impossible to deny the huge impact the band have had on our generation. From Silent Alarm to the horrendously underrated (at lease on this site) Intimacy, their style personified the trend of the times: seeing off the last of 90's Indie Rock and embracing electronic beats. For myself and many others, the band acted as a gateway into the world of music beyond the radio - as a result they remain something of a fond memory: maybe not quite as good as we remember them, but a part of our musical heritage nonetheless. I still remember sitting round a table in an art classroom, with Silent Alarm playing on repeat, talking to people I'd never otherwise have spoken to if it weren't for Bloc Party (which, coincidentally, is the main factor I blame for me not getting an A*). Even now I can scroll down on iTunes to see that there are plenty of their songs in the 100+ plays zone.

Another Weekend in the City is this fond memory, absolutely perfect for someone such as me to find over a year after the band broke up. The LP shows signs of songs all throughout Bloc Party's career: the energy of Silent Alarm, the brooding of A Weekend in the City and the brand new angle of, the yet to be released, Intimacy. However, here we get a side to the band which is only hinted at elsewhere. Another Weekend is personal, takes focus away from the frankly questionable lyrics somewhat and, above all else, doesn't try to be too clever.

Despite being an album of b-sides, there is no obvious drop in quality from any of Bloc Party's mid-era releases. They do, however, suffer from the same problems - mainly that most of the songs seem to have been made in a template (verse, verse, chorus, bridge, chorus) and also the aforementioned lyrics, which are often accused of being too cliche to mean anything. Kele (vocals/guitar) does manage to pull some catchy, anthemic hooks out of the bag however, "I will not listen and I won't be told/ England is mine I will take what I want" in England and the repeated line opener of "When I was your age..." in Rhododendrons display him finally coming to grips with the storyteller-lyricist style. These efforts often go beyond many of the a-sides - so it becomes apparent that these songs were left off any LPs simply because they didn't fit into an album's "theme".

Regrettably, Another Weekend is nothing if not inconsistent. While every song on the disk is certainly listenable, with good parts to be found in all corners of the album, some songs do tend to drag a bit, or they keep returning to one central idea. In effect, there really isn't too much depth to many of the tracks. On top of this, the remixes included on the disk, 4 in total (and all of The Prayer), really aren't up to much at all. They're uninspired, often only slightly deviated from the original song and the one which is "okay" (the one by Does It Offend You, Yeah?) mirrors many songs on the rest of the album by rotating around one good idea. Sometimes, though, simple is good, and for what they're worth there are plenty songs which are interesting enough to stick around in your head. Plus, the lack of any excess baggage, so to speak, means the songs also lack the pretensions which burden some of Bloc Party's a-sides.

In the end, Another Weekend certainly isn't pushing any boundaries or winning any awards for excellence, but the few gems to be found within the LP make it worth the while for any fans of Bloc Party, or indeed anyone willing to take a trip down memory lane.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nostalgic as fuck.

Objective score = 3. Subjective = 3.5.

Feedback?

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for reviewing this, but a 3 is too low

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If it weren't for the remixes and demos, it'd be a 3.5-going on-4, so I think it's about right. I mean, 3 = good, and I do like it, it just has too many flaws.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mine doesn't have the remixes or the demos

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2011


17927 Comments


Pretty sure this is a fan-made compilation, therefore not legible for this database

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is fan made

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's in "compilation" and is also insanely popular as far as fan-made mixes go. I think it should
stay.

Also would the neg person care to give feedback?

AtavanHalen
October 22nd 2011


17927 Comments


I don't have a problem with it; just saying the Powers That Be might.

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

M'kay, I follow you.

bloc
October 23rd 2011


34853 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa I barely remember listening to this. Gotta refresh my memory.

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 23rd 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Barely remember it but it's a 4? Interesting :P

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


6448 Comments


Never actually heard this, but you rule for the following quote:

the horrendously underrated (at lease on this site) Intimacy


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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So good

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011


31169 Comments


I enjoy Intimacy but more the individual tracks. As a whole, it doesn't flow very well

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clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


6448 Comments


Wrong ;)

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

^ That.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011


31169 Comments


Sue me

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Where I come from, we don't sue. Instead we settle disputes by waiting for our preferred football teams to play each other and seeing which team played best. This, in turn, leads to another argument finally concluding with blaming the ref.

Ahh... justice.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 24th 2011


31169 Comments


Well seeing as how my country just won the most important rugby match of the year....

StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2011


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Okay Stranger, I choose Man Utd." - Deviant.

I choose Man City. I win!

See, it all worked out just as I planned it.





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