Kele Okereke - Fatherland
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Ratings: #619 / 669
User Score
Based on 11 ratings
October 6, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
BMG / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
Your Review



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

Under The Radar

Instrumentally, the generous helpings of tenor sax, Fender rhodes, and clarinets that crop up across the album give Fatherland a depth that warrants further listens once Okereke's rounded melodies and acoustic guitar structures have been dissected.


A solo album that feels closer to home and, ironically more so than the last, doesn’t pull any punches emotionally.

The Line of Best Fit

Fatherland is that pipe and slippers moment; more folksy than homespun but nevertheless a cherished moment of reflection for the new father.


Fatherland is a significantly simplified effort, a work of gentle, singer-songwriter consideration largely haunted by lost loves rendered as exactingly as still lifes.

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. However, it’s still a worthy piece in its own right, and a testament to the idea that a musician changing their sound is a gamble that can pay dividends.
‘Fatherland’ largely finds the Bloc Party frontman going back to his sad boy roots. A series of low-key offerings that veer from quietly-plucked introversions to tongue-in-cheek romantic laments, it’s a far more drive-time offering than anything the singer’s proffered previously.
Trading in dizzying electronics for Nick Drake-esque acoustics with nothing to hide behind, Okereke does an admirable job finally shedding his sometimes-coarse exterior, allowing himself to get incredibly personal in an album that addresses fatherhood in two ways simultaneously, as both a hesitant dad and a troubled son. It’s just a shame that what lies behind dozens of layers of metaphorical shrouds, isn’t a bit more poetic and interesting.
Loud and Quiet
The album’s main issue is that the singer’s rigid vocal can’t sell many of these tunes.
Oct 13, 2017
A change for the worse, this style simply doesn't suit him.
Incredibly whiny album, too.
Oct 6, 2017
Streets Been Talkin' - 7/10
You Keep on Whispering His Name - 8/10
Capers - 4/10
Grounds for Resentment - 5/10
Yemaya - 3/10
Do U Right -7/10
Versions of Us - 7/10
Portrait - 7/10
Road to Ibadan - 6/10
Savannah - 6/10
The New Year Party - 5/10
Royal Reign - 6/10

Overall Rating: 71 out of 120 = 59%

Overall Opinion: Beautiful voice & obviously has talent but most of the songs are boring and poorly structured.
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Track List
  1. Overture
  2. Streets Been Talkin'
  3. You Keep on Whispering His Name
  4. Capers
  5. Grounds for Resentment (feat. Olly Alexander)
  6. Yemaya
  7. Do U Right
  8. Versions of Us (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae)
  9. Portrait
  10. Road to Ibadan
  11. Savannah
  12. The New Year Party
  13. Royal Reign
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Added on: July 5, 2017