August 3rd, 2010
Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke is the latest in a line of charismatic frontmen to go solo while bored of whatever it is his band is doing. He follows in the footsteps of the likes of Maximo Park‘s Paul Smith, Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and to tenuously completely my apparent fantasy band, Big Boi of, erm, OutKast. His first album is ‘The Boxer’, unfortunately not an album of Simon and Garfunkel covers as I had originally dreamed, but an in places ‘Intimacy’ soundalike with less guitars and stuff.
Musically Kele wanders between dubstep, IDM, grime, electronic rock and various other genres sometimes all within one same song (see: ‘On The Lam’). And his music is indeed, unlike ‘Intimacy’, very good. The beats are fun, dark, trancey and harsh, and again unlike ‘Intimacy’ in all the right places. His vocal delivery is also excellent, but what really lets him down are his lyrics, which without fail will fall somewhere between ‘insipid’, ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘please can anyone provide a cyanidetini?’.