Albums to watch

Fatherland

Kele Okereke

Fatherland

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

ADM rating[?]

5.8

Label
BMG
UK Release date
06/10/2017
US Release date
20/10/2017
  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
    Read Review

  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
    Read Review

  3. 7.0 |   Clash

    NEW 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
    Read Review

  4. 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
    Read Review

  5. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    Although it’s an unlikely reinvention, there’s no rush for Okereke to return to business as usual
    Read Review

  6. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Okereke’s shaky voice means that Fatherland is far slighter than it might have been
    Read Review

  7. 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
    Read Review

  8. 6.0 |   DIY

    The acoustic musings and intimate vocals often lack a little bite
    Read Review

  9. 6.0 |   Q

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

  10. 5.6 |   Paste Magazine

    A shame that what lies behind dozens of layers of metaphorical shrouds, isn’t a bit more poetic and interesting
    Read Review

  11. 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
    Read Review

  12. 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
    Read Review

  13. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

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


blog comments powered by Disqus

Watch it

Roll over video for more options

Hear it

Latest Reviews

More reviews