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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glassnote
  • ASIN: B003KT3NX4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Walk Tall
2. On the Lam
3. Tenderoni
4. The Other Side
5. Everything You Wanted
6. The New Rules
7. Unholy Thoughts
8. Rise
9. All the Things I Could Never Say
10. Yesterday's Gone

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Bloc party singer/guitarist Kele Okereke will release his first solo album, entitled The Boxer, on June 22, 2010 on Glassnote Records. Produced by XXXchange (Spank Rock, he Kills), with additional mixing by Philippe Zdar (responsible for Phoenix s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix), The Boxer sees the talented front-man pushing the boundaries of his own melodic sensibilities, embracing pop, rock, and electronic music to boldly step out as a solo artist in his own right.
Bloc Party were one of the 00 s most important British bands, driven by Kele s amazing voice and incredible song writing. When the band decided to take a hiatus after five straight years of touring, Kele booked himself some exploratory time in a recording studio. Continuing with some of the sounds that had begun to permeate newer Bloc Party Kele strove to make the sounds of his new compositions as raw and cerebral pop, with influences ranging from Gary Numan and Adam Ant to Michael Jackson and Bjork, Kele has made a wild and fearless album marked by both its ambition and ins sense of the new.
With the Boxer, Kele has clearly begun an incredible new chapter o his already esteemed career.

Customer Reviews

Not really feeling this album tho.
Dean Marais
I have liked Bloc Party from "Silent Alarm", but I have to say that for all their energy and ingenuity, they always somehow missed making that great classic album.
Jason Stein
I gave it many listens over several months and still couldn't get into the album at all.
Angela M

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven C. on June 21, 2010
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That's how Kele answered when he was asked if he'd be re-forming Bloc Party again soon. "I find what I am doing now far more exciting and I've already begun working on my next record."

The truth is, Kele isn't concerned with whether or not you want his solo record to sound like "Silent Alarm". This DEFINITELY IS NOT Silent Alarm, nor was he trying for that... AT ALL. He wanted to go for an electronic sound that would thrill club-goers and concert-goers alike. If you were openminded enough to embrace "Flux" and "Your Visits are Getting Shorter" and "One More Chance", you may love this album. I read one review where the reviewer said "I'm disappointed because Kele has strayed too far from where he was most comfortable." Ummm, well, NO, he strayed from where YOU were most comfortable!

Now onto the album, if you're not expecting Silent Alarm, you may like this a lot! Some songs seem like Bloc Party tracks that could have fit in nicely on "A Weekend In the City" or "Intimacy", like the future single "Everything You Wanted", or the albums two best tracks "Unholy Thoughts" and "Yesterday's Gone".

You still get Kele's unique vocal delivery, and you still get hyper-personal lyrical content from a man who has to have to worst-ever luck with relationships. In one of my favorite tracks, "All The Things I Could Never Say", Kele sings "You tore the button off my favourite shirt/yet another thing I lost to you/where did you stay last night?/You didn't come home." This man's gone through more heartbreak than anyone, hasn't he?

The song "Walk Tall" has a bit of a military stomp reminiscent of the film "Stripes", and I think by now everyone's heard "Tenderoni" and either loves it or hates it. Apart from that, the record stands up well as a well-crafted solo effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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I have liked Bloc Party from "Silent Alarm", but I have to say that for all their energy and ingenuity, they always somehow missed making that great classic album. After three albums, I was somewhat surprised to hear that Kele Okereke was going solo already. I listened to the sound samples and liked what I heard, so I bought the album.

"The Boxer", as others have already noted, is similar to Bloc Party, but different enough to make Kele stand apart (like Robert Plant to Led Zeppelin, or Peter Gabriel to Genesis). Kele pumps up the synths and dance beats more than any Bloc Party album, and the results are great. Ten songs that all flow neatly and tightly together with little waste. "Walk Tall" opens the album with a military march and chant that evolves into a techno Prodigy-like crescendo. "On The Lam" and "Tenderoni" are fast paced dance-floor tracks with interesting arrangements.

The best track just might be "Everything You Wanted". Extremely melodic and catchy, it could be a top 40 hit and crossover dance hit as well. "The New Rules" is technically the only track on "The Boxer" that could be considered a ballad. "Rise" and "Yesterday's Gone" are both solid tracks as well.

So the three weakest tracks are "The Other Side", "Unholy Thoughts" and "All The Things I Could Never Say". These are not quite as good, but this is splitting hairs because they fit nicely into the album as a whole, they're just not songs that I'd consider contenders for singles.

I give "The Boxer" four stars out of five because it is very good, but I don't know that I would consider it a classic. I think Kele, and Bloc Party for that matter, could eventually make a classic album because there is definitely something unique about his/their approach to making music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 21, 2010
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Kele Okereke is the frontman with UK Indie Rock band Bloc Party, and "The Boxer" finds him stepping out solo. Bloc Party flirted with Electronic Dance music on songs like "One more chance" or "Flux", and "The Boxer" finds him embracing that sound fully.

Opening is the buzzing distorted "Walk tall" with some military chants, the stomping "On the lam" finds his voice electronically tweaked and is Garage/Jungle. The pulsing Techno "Tenderoni" is the lead-off single and features stabbed synths and clever drum breaks.

"The other side" is rather melancholic with jangly guitars and clunky beats. Guitars also chime on "Everything you wanted". "The new rules" is a lovely ballad finding Kele whispering over a minimal fluttering backdrop.

The sunny Indie Rocker "Unholy thoughts" should please devotees of his alma mater and is one of my favourites. "Rise" features a throbbing baseline and is a euphoric club number of encouragement ("Brothers and sisters can't you see, that you are stronger than you think"). The aching "All the things I could never say" gradually builds to a euphoric climax, and "Yesterday's gone" is an atmospheric string-swathed piece.

"The Boxer" is a muscular collection that packs a mean punch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gregoryb4i on July 19, 2010
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i'm bummed to hear that bloc party is no more, hoping this is not a permanent situation. i just can't get enough of kele or bloc party so i'll take what i can get. when you finish listening to the debut solo album, you will immediately want to listen to bloc party and then when your done with that you'll crave the new music on the boxer. its a vicious cycle!

kele continues right where he left off. the boxer seems like the next installment in a clear progression of complexity and synthesis of styles that has developed from silent alarm - you can feel the elements of 'tulips' and 'talons'. many tracks sound almost as if nothing has changed - 'walk tall' reminds me of 'the prayer' on weekend in the city - but the hard rock is gone when you listen closely. however, the softer songs, like 'new rules', really shine on this album as well as the crescendoing dance tracks like 'tenderoni' and 'rise'.
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