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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.
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
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'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a huge fan of Bloc Party. I'm also a fan of dance & electronic music. But for me, this fell flat. Read morePublished on February 1, 2011 by Angela M
Wow, Kele hooking up with producer xxxchange was a great move. The beats and the synth manipulation is top class. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Pvt
great album, a bit different than Bloc Party but not a great departure. Lot's of the songs grow on you like mold. It's a winner.Published on September 20, 2010 by chefgl
I love kele, and I love Bloc Party. Not really feeling this album tho. If you are looking for a Bloc Party sound, maybe two or three songs sound similar. Read morePublished on July 6, 2010 by Dean Marais