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Kele Okereke


Third studio album from the Bloc Party frontman, eschewing the electronics of his previous albums for a more acoustic palette

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  1. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    Okereke re-equipped his last name for a solo album that feels closer to home and, ironically more so than the last, doesn't pull any punches emotionally
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  2. 7.0 |   All Music

    Stripped of harsh digital fuzz and angular guitars, Fatherland is an honest, satisfying window into the heart and mind of the man himself
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  3. 7.0 |   Clash

    Kele has re-equipped his last name for a solo album that feels closer to home and, ironically more so than the last, doesn’t pull any punches emotionally
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  4. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    That pipe and slippers moment; more folksy than homespun but nevertheless a cherished moment of reflection for the new father
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  5. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    A significantly simplified effort, a work of gentle, singer-songwriter consideration largely haunted by lost loves rendered as exactingly as still lifes
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  6. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Although it’s an unlikely reinvention, there’s no rush for Okereke to return to business as usual
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  7. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Okereke’s shaky voice means that Fatherland is far slighter than it might have been
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  8. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There are moments where the album shines, absolutely, but it doesn’t match up to the same level as Okereke’s previous work, both with Bloc Party and solo
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  9. 6.0 |   DIY

    The acoustic musings and intimate vocals often lack a little bite
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Songs are pared back, often to not much more than acoustic guitar and his warm, introspective vocal. Print edition only

  11. 5.6 |   Paste Magazine

    A shame that what lies behind dozens of layers of metaphorical shrouds, isn’t a bit more poetic and interesting
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  12. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The album’s main issue is that the singer’s rigid vocal can’t sell many of these tunes, something made clear when Corinne Bailey Rae shows up for a duet and completely outshines him
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  13. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    A pleasing album that might be a snoozefest for longtime fans wanting a shimmer of Silent Alarm but a bittersweet surprise for anyone with a more open mind
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  14. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    Fatherland is a rootsy, kitschy collection of songs that could make Wes Anderson bend the knee
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