http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/b3fa3538842842283f6458333face7d574ae7f99.jpg The Boxer


The Boxer

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
June 21, 2010

Kicking off his solo debut, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke immediately announces that he wants to 'cut ties to the past and wave it goodbye.' For the rest of The Boxer, Kele makes good on that promise: Produced by Spank Rock collaborator XXXChange, The Boxer slices off the tightly wound post-punk of Kele's day-to-day band and goes full-on electronic, creating a few moments of dancehall bliss — notably with the rubbery, fuzzed-out bass line on 'Tenderoni' and the arena-filling choruses soaring through 'Everything You Wanted.' As for the rest of The Boxer, artiness trumps hip-shaking soul on too many cuts — although the gentle croon and gurgling synths of nondanceable songs like 'All the Things I Could Never Say' make for nice dinner music.

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories


    The Pack | 2006

    Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

    More Song Stories entries »