Bloc Party’s lead singer is going on his own again with his new EP, The Hunter. Last year, Kele put out a very underrated debut album that had some fantastic moments of very uplifting lyrical content that made up for the lack of originality in the dance beats.
The seven track EP starts with “What Did I Do”, and it’s not a good way to get things going. There’s a heavy dubstep thing going on, and the guest vocals by Lucy Taylor overshadow Kele’s. This would be a serious misstep anywhere on an album, especially on the opening track.
“Release Me”, “Devotion” and “Goodbye Horses” are more typical dance techno stuff that could have worked on his LP, The Boxer. Sadly all these songs come and go without very much intensity or urgancy. There’s nothing memorable and they sound like afterthoughts.
The only moment where things work is on “Cable’s Goodbye”. It’s dark, deep beats work with some light piano in the back. Kele’s lyrics are of the same great caliber that he showed on his debut. There’s even some flute that sounds great.
The final song, “You Belong To Me” is one of the worst songs I’ve heard this year. Everything from the opening vocals to the drum beats is wrong. Is this an attempt at happy, cheerful music or something? There’s tropical sounds going on, and it sounds like a lame attempt at Paul Simon’s Graceland. And then it just gets worse once it goes for a dance beat that sounds like everything else on the radio. And just when the song couldn’t get any worse, it goes into a Isley Brothers “Shout” thing with people repeating after Kele.
So the final song is the most dreadful thing here, and there’s really nothing eyeopening on The Hunter it just sounds like a bunch of things that didn’t make the cut. Only one track out of seven was even worth the listen. Please get Bloc Party back together before this happens again.
Rating: 4.0 out of 10.