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The Boxer [CD]

Kele, Kele Okereke Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B003FGWEDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,194 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. Yesterdays Gone

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The Boxer is the debuit solo album fom Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke, which sees him focusing in te more dance beat-orientated direction of later Bloc Party singles like "Flux" and "One More Chance". The album was recorded in New York with XXXchange, the Brooklyn-based bedroom production prodigy that crafted the sound of the last Spank Rock record and aims to melt the distinctions between dance music and cerebral pop, with influences ranging from Gary Numan and Adam Ant to Michael Jackson. Includes the single "Tenderoni".

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I find indie boring..." 4 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
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 open-minded 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? It's a shame "Meet In The Middle" is download only because it may be the album's finest track. It has excellent lyrics and the awesome build-up similar to that of "Song for Clay".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alone In The Ring 26 Jun 2010
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Kele Okereke has deemed it right to take some time off from
Bloc Party to make a solo album and 'The Boxer' is the result.
The eleven tracks in the collection are so good that I find
myself wondering if his sabbatical might turn into something
a tad longer lasting. The spotlight beckons methinks!

'The Boxer' has a sound which is both distinctive and coherent
but shot through with Mr Okereke's mercurial magpie proclivities.
Discombobulating electro-art-pop with the power to both dither
and dance. The music is stronger on rhythmic structure than melodic
content ( he hasn't yet figured out how to pin down a memorable tune
but then again perhaps he doesn't want to!)

His voice, truth-be-told, is an instrument with considerable limitations
but even though a little shaky and tonally insecure he, none-the-less,
manages to imbue his performances with an elusively vulnerable quality.

Things kick off in kookie style with the 'Full Metal Jacket' parade ground
call/response vocal of 'Walk Tall'. Underpinned by a big booming and
zooming synth line it is as much a call to battle as it is a declaration
of independence.

It is possible to jump up-and-down and from side-to-side to the jauntily
wobbly beats of 'On The Lam'. The curious voice treatments make the
track sound as though it might be being performed by a group of
small woodland animals (I'm thinking chipmunks and weasels) in a
sunny summer clearing.

Single 'Tenderoni' is a bit of an old-fashioned rave and nothing wrong with that!

'Everything You Wanted' made an immediately positive impression.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 3 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
i am an old codger in age but have loved good music from the sixties onwards.theres been lots of artists and bands that i have loved over this period .and not all with great longevity.but my ears did prick up when i heard the first bloc party album.i thought they were fresh origanal and didnt sound obviously like anyone else ,i still maintain this view and i think this solo effort is sperb havent stopped playing it,and it gets better every play.not one duff track.it has some similaritys to a bloc party album obviously,but highly origanl as well,a really great first solo effort.roll on the next bloc party album or another solo effort.great stuff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
By StevieT
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Great record for my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boxing clever 9 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD
Judged on its own merits this is a passionate and atmospheric selection of electronic-based songs; Kele has not attempted to somehow show that he 'is' Bloc Party, but there are obvious similarities in style as he is clearly a key part of the band! Final track 'Yesterday's Gone' would probably slot subtly into any BP album, but the rest are refreshingly original and almost entirely excellent - lead singl 'Tenderoni' is in my opinion the weakest track, but is by no means 'no good', just not quite as exciting as the remainder of the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 28 April 2012
Format:Audio CD
Well produced album, all the songs are fantastic. This got the "Sunday Times" best CD of the week when it was released and its not hard to see why...why isnt this guy more popular??
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