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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for Bloc Party's Kele Okereke was produced and mixed by Gethin Pearson.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Nov 7, 2019
    80
    The frenzied feel of the record as a whole might scare off some Bloc Party fans, but this is vital, exciting stuff. [Dec 2019, p.113]
  2. It’s the social commentary that makes this experimental album feel vital and unifying. Okereke lyrically eviscerates the politicians who’ve caused divisions based on race, wealth, sexuality and gender, but also offers a vision of hope and a desire for England to rebuild.
  3. Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Having watched countless American artists demonstrate through their music that Black Lives Do Indeed Matter, Kele Okereke has finally achieved his own Black-British take in ‘2042’, capturing all the fears and foibles of our current political system through a sonic palette that recalls some of the earliest of Bloc Party’s work.
  4. 60
    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.
  5. Nov 8, 2019
    60
    These [Natural Hair, Between Me and My Maker & Ceiling Games] are the snatched glimpses of humanity that pierce through a noisy record with love and light.
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  1. Nov 8, 2019
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pretty Good! Look forward to listening to more stuff from this artist. ChikFILA!! Expand