Party pooper of an album

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 March, 2007, 12:00am

British rock band Bloc Party explore a vast array of sounds in their second album, A Weekend In The City.

The album opens with its strongest song, Song For Clay (Disappear Here), which features astounding guitar riffs.

The Prayer is an energetic, electric-beat-driven number.

Another entertaining track is I Still Remember - the stirring beat will have you bopping your head in no time.

The quartet tries to sound clever with their seemingly earnest views of society, but it's not really convincing. At times, it's just plain dull.

The weakest link is the uninspiring Sunday, which is about overindulgence. The band should be ashamed of the shallow, meaningless lyrics.

The dreary SRXT will send you into an emotional whirlpool, as it focuses on depression and saying goodbye to people you love.

The band gets a little over-dramatic in Waiting For The 7:18, about needing change. It is likely to get on your nerves.

This album is occasionally entertaining, but its drabness is a more dominant feature. Not a good choice if you want to pass the rest of your day in a positive state of mind.