Weekend In The City is the sound of a quarter-life crisis. Kele Okereke's never been one to keep his mouth shut about things getting him down, but on Bloc Party's follow-up to Silent Alarm, he captures a particular generational anomie, writing out of the anxious hangover state of all-nighters and amphetamine comedowns. Drugs are a scourge; partying leaves him empty inside; love is sticking around when you're strung out; kids still can't get no satisfaction. On that level, WITC has an immediacy only found on Silent Alarm's This Modern Love. Unfortunately, the album's sound is a bit of a letdown. The rhythm-propelled anthems and driving guitar dynamics of the band's debut have gone soft and fuzzy. Too often Bloc Party aim for an overly expansive epic Coldplay quality that compromises the focus of their songwriting. I blame producer Jacknife Lee, best known for his work on U2's How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and for helping engineer countless Bloc Party wannabes (Editors, Snow Patrol).