A Weekend In The City

Label
Universal Music B.V.
Release date
19 Nov 2007
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
54:38

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Song For Clay (Disappear Here) 4:49 306,067
2 Hunting For Witches 3:30 484,034
3 Waiting For The 7.18 4:15 253,176
4 The Prayer 3:43 440,483
5 Uniform 5:31 305,409
6 On 4:47 283,829
7 Where Is Home? 4:53 270,206
8 Kreuzberg 5:25 296,040
9 I Still Remember 4:20 419,543
10 Flux 3:35 344,731
11 Sunday 4:59 283,647
12 SRXT 4:51 247,700

About this album

A Weekend in the City is the second studio album by Bloc Party. It was recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath, Ireland, in mid-2006 and was produced by Jacknife Lee. The album was refined and mixed at several locations in London at the end of 2006. It was released on 24 January 2007 in Japan and in the first week of February in the rest of the world, with Wichita Recordings as the primary label. The album peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and on the Irish Albums Chart. In the United States, it entered the Billboard 200 at number 12.

Computer programs were extensively used to enrich and amend recorded takes, while a string sextet was hired to perform on some of the tracks. Frontman and chief lyricist Kele Okereke created A Weekend in the City as an examination of life and leisure in modern cities by drawing ideas from issues such as racism, drug abuse, sexuality and terrorism. The album’s three original singles, “The Prayer”, “I Still Remember”, and “Hunting for Witches”, exemplify these themes respectively.

Bloc Party’s new musical directions and more forthright lyrics either impressed or alienated critics. Reviewers generally treated A Weekend in the City as an important stepping stone for the band members in their quest for musical maturity, while The Guardian included it in its list of the “1000 Albums To Hear Before You Die”. In November 2007, the album was re-released globally—with the final single, “Flux”, as a bonus track—to coincide with Bloc Party’s extensive touring schedule.

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  • sandroaf

    Probably my favourite album ever.

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Dnes1997

    The Best

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Where Is Home? and Kreuzberg holy fuck

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SoulKilling

    Their best album.

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • yoqpasa

    underated album, no doubt

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • shedds

    This one makes me depressed. But though it's one of my favourites.

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • biancaos

    amazing

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    v How can you say that when "Where is Home?", "Kreuzberg" and "SRXT" are in the second half?

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Newborn_Bantam

    The first four tracks are brilliant, and then I tend to give up after that.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • kinseychris

    By far their greatest album.

    25 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DanLovesAlice

    Probably the most criminally underrated album by any band, ever.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sharp-Ton

    In the scale "Silent Alarm" this is average. In the scale Bloc Party this is lucid.

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Jedidude77

    is there no bassist on this album?

    25 Jun 2012 Reply
  • timmerd

    Very, very underrated

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • phosgene

    I didnt like this album when it came out - now it's one of my favourites

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • borgy

    they ruined this album by inserting 'Flux' into the track list after 'I Still Remember' & 'Sunday'. That song is ridiculously out of place on this album. What were they thinking. I'm glad i have the original version 'cause it seems like it's out of print now.

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Silverhawk33

    Unexpected of an album that absolutely blows me away with it's brilliance. It's easily the best album they created and each song is a masterpiece of it's own. It seems very deep and even more darker at parts than the first album. Another thing to mention is the more complex instrumentals and production.

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Love thinking of this as a concept album about all sorts of different people's various weekends in the city. Seriously, listen to each track and you'll find a different person inside it, telling the story of their own weekend. Awesome music, still not as good as Silent Alarm though.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • legghiu

    i think this is my favourite album ever...

    20 Dec 2011 Reply
  • samqwe

    Kreuzberg is gorgeous. A desolate, blown-open nighttime cityscape. [2] Seriously, if you hate Kreuzberg, I don't think you understood the concept of this album at all.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
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