KELE OKEREKE Father­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - DEAN VAN NGUYEN

Former Bloc Party front­man Kele Okereke trades in ra­zor-wire guitar lines, club beats and adren­a­line-fu­elled vo­cals for the en­tire twee pop starter kit. Acous­tic picks, moan­ing ac­cor­dions, ring­ing tam­bourines, pretty vi­o­lins – Father­land isa rootsy, kitschy col­lec­tion of songs that could make Wes An­der­son bend the knee. Paul McCart­ney’s in­flu­ence can be felt on whim­si­cal num­bers such as Capers, while

Ye­meya sees Okereke de­liver a con­vinc­ing ode to ac­knowl­edged fore­fa­ther Nick Drake. The best song is Do U Right, a spot­less, bluesy groove boast­ing some fresh or­gan chords and plenty of hot brass. But too many tracks – the pi­ano bal­lad Por­trait, for ex­am­ple – fail to el­e­vate be­yond “sounds nice enough” sta­tus to make this any­thing more than a sort of in­ter­est­ing stylis­tic de­par­ture for Okereke. face­

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