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Fourth studio album from the Bloc Party frontman produced by Gethin Pearson

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    Okereke’s most ambitious work to date combines glitchy guitars and West African beats to eviscerate the powers that be
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  2. 8.0 |   Q

    The frenzied feel of the record as a whole might scare off some Bloc Party fans, but this is vital, exciting stuff. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    By holding a mirror up to society, ‘2042’ encourages us all to keep fighting the good fight
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  4. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    This is an album about love, personal intimacy and sexuality, but also about race and ethnicity, immigration, politics and the wider misuse of power
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  5. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    The former Bloc Party frontman attempts a blazing indictment of institutional racism on his latest solo effort, but too often reaches for stock characters and sloganeering
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  6. 6.0 |   The Independent

    2042 may be the work of an accomplished songwriter, tackling pressing issues, but it’s also a hodgepodge – the result of an artist struggling to find his musical voice
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  7. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The Bloc Party frontman’s fourth solo album takes in Grenfell and Windrush to make the political personal
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  8. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    An album that has its superb moments, but also its frustrations
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  9. 6.0 |   The FT

    Songs about gay hustlers and smooth disco pick-ups sit alongside an interlude of a sampled speech by an MP
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