Kele Okereke - 'Trick'

6/10

As the frontman of Bloc Party, Kele Okereke made a name for himself as a very outspoken individual, both in and out of the studio. His lyrics always look to expose the discrimination and loveless attitude within modern society, but it has been his solo albums that have really helped the vocalist to express himself. Now onto his second individual effort, going by his full name rather than simply Kele, he has used his leftfield approach to electronic music to deliver an album of substance and emotion.

His debut solo effort 'The Boxer' was a very club-ready affair that used the same tricks and techniques Bloc Party opted for in order to make them a great band that you could dance to. But 'Trick' is a far more brooding affair as the frontman looks to use breakbeats and solemn instrumentation to create a record which is more about the message than its dance floor appeal. The album has this nostalgic twinge to it that gives it a resonance with the dance music lead RnB of the late 90s, which helps keep the pace of the full-length ever moving forward and ultimately creating a very succinct body of work.

While it still doesn't have that same magic Kele used to pump out at will, 'Trick' is still a very romantic and well-conceived album, if not a little forgettable by the end.

More Reviews

NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY - 14.02.20
2 days 22 hours ago

The Watershed - 'Dark Desire'

Tame Impala - 'The Slow Rush'
3 days 21 min ago

8/10

Grimes shares new single 'Delete Forever'
3 days 22 hours ago

With her highly-anticipated new album set to drop at the end of next week, Grimes has now returne

NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY - 13.02.20
3 days 22 hours ago

Birdbath - 'Bad Champagne'

Green Day - 'Father Of All...'
4 days 14 min ago

5/10

NEW MUSIC DISCOVERY - 12.02.20
4 days 22 hours ago

Luna Rose - 'Worth'

HMLTD - 'West Of Eden'
4 days 23 hours ago

9/10

Erki Pärnoja - 'Leva'
5 days 19 hours ago

8/10