Kele - 2042
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2019 Ratings: #604 / 737
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Based on 18 ratings
November 8, 2019 / Release Date
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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.
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.
The Guardian
It is undoubtedly a deliberate, albeit jarring, choice to dovetail the political with the personal this way, mirroring the constant onslaught of news and updates that we face in the digital age. Okereke also doesn’t allow the listener to forget that for many, the political is personal. Rather than separate the two, he searches for moments of tenderness in the chaos.
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.

2042 is a time machine when traveling both to the past, re-analyzing cultural roots built in society, and to the future, using artistic elements of Afrofuturism to stimulate and develop ethnic-racial equality in humanity, overcoming all inequalities among human beings.
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Track List

  1. Jungle Bunny
  2. Past Lives (Interlude)
  3. Let England Burn
  4. St Kaepernick Wept
  5. Guava Rubicon
  6. My Business
  7. Ceiling Games
  8. Where She Came From (Interlude)
  9. Between Me and My Maker
  10. Natural Hair
  11. Cyril's Blood
  12. Secrets West 29th
  13. Catching Feelings
  14. A Day of National Shame (Interlude)
  15. Ocean View
  16. Back Burner
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Added on: November 8, 2019