But they’re gonna get it anyway. I’ve had Weekend in the City for quite some time now, but I haven’t been able to listen to it much because of all the submissions I’ve been getting. At my first pass through, I didn’t love it. I thought they’d slipped a bit. But on repeated listens, I like it even more than their earlier stuff. I hope to God they don’t sell out and go major label: I like them where they are. Small, scrappy, but with a pure, produced sound that’s as good as anything The Glimmer Twins, Steve Lilliwhite, or Just Blaze can do–as good as any major label producers. And Kele Okereke’s voice has gotten better–he’s able to stretch in the slower numbers where I used to find him a little flat. It’s much more R&B, much more hipsway, much more Roxy Music . . . Much more better. I love this album. Best of the year (so far).
The only complaint I have is that every distributor (Best Buy, emusic, etc.) seems to have their own special edition with b-sides. This isn’t a way to reward your fans, guys. But you can find most of these cuts on the blogosphere. I’ll throw a couple your way today.
Bloc Party-The Prayer (Phones Metal Jackin’ Mix) (pw: berkeleyplace)