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Kele's 2010 solo debut proved that his musical talents were not limited to the angular guitars and indie anthemia of Bloc Party. The iconic frontman saw that the noughties indie boom had breathed its last, and successfully tried his hand at something a little more electronic. The Boxer pleased the Bloc Party fans with Kele's distinctive vocals and emotive lyrics, yet at the same time appealed to electronic purists with its original beat structures and intelligent production.

His return, in the form of Trick, sees Kele dive even further into the world of club music, shaking off any remnants of his guitar-wielding past. Yet in leaving any evidence of his previous experience at home, he loses a vast chunk of what made his solo debut so brilliant. Trick is Okereke in voice only; gone are the jittery and genuinely interesting beats of 'The Boxer' and in their place are structures straight out of the generic dance music rule book.

Lyrically, Kele has taken a noticeable regression too. 'First Impressions' gives, well, bad first impressions. The song's lyrics tread the often non-existent line between mundane and generic, "I can't fight, it's just too strong/ I've been waiting oh so long," and sound empty as a result, despite Okereke's obvious passion, an all too common feature across the record.

And while it certainly does sound darker than anything we have heard from him before, each track has a dance floor-ready sheen that strips away any intrigue from the heart of the song. These are rhythms that are undeniably danceable, yet to the extent that they sound like every track from every Ministry of Sound-esque compilation ever. There are one or two glimmers of hope. 'Closer' brings in a simple guitar line that reminisces The xx, while 'Year Zero' could have been produced by Jamie XX himself. If Trick was made of more tracks like these we would be able to see a distinct line of continuity from album to album. Unfortunately, however, Kele has instead chosen a route that doesn't challenge the listener or, it seems, himself.

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405 Reader Berkley Bragg submitted this review on Friday, 10th October. He decided to give the album a 7/10 rating. As is the case with all user-submitted reviews, nothing has been edited.

House music is rarely made as an intricate and personal expression from an artist, and for the most part, it never is, but with Trick, the latest solo album from Bloc Party frontman, Kele Okereke, a more personal and intimate sound has been established in the genre. Juxtaposed to the modern day club scene, the mesh of sincerity and minimalistic drum patterns on Trick bring more to the table than most releases in the past few years.

Unlike The Boxer, Okereke’s debut solo release, Trick throws a punch but lands a tap on the shoulder instead. In essence, Trick is the timid and narrow-minded counterpart to the sonic screamer that is,The boxer. Soft clicks and orchestral synths relay through each and every track with soft whispering vocals, an unusual characteristic to any Okereke record. This newfound territory that Okereke examines with Trick provides a quaint retreat from the overly exuberant and crass music being made in the club scene today.

With just a brief overview of Okereke’s musical expanse up until now, it is easy enough to infer that the lyrics featured on Trick have a meaning much more intimate than what the surface might suggest. This serves as a brief escape from the hustle and bustle of today’s modern house music that relies on vapid and unadorned lyrics, worthy of a friday night spent throwing up your memories in a college dorm bathroom. In likeness to that of it’s predecessor, Trick maintains a certain sense of composure that is almost a staple to any song that Okereke can create. In a more narrow sense, songs like “Closer” and “Coasting” touch on reoccurring themes like former loves, future loves, and the loss of loves, but with a more direct approach.

The change of pace towards more club-centric dance instrumentals only add to Okereke’s inhibition and make his music as intimate as possible. As a result, comparisons to artists like Caribou, Classixx, and even Disclosure, seasoned artists (for the most part) in this respective genre, can be made to a certain extent. Okereke clearly lacks the same kind of curb appeal that these artists have managed to achieve in recent years, but he does effectively sneak in a few new “tricks” that should have other artists taking note. True emotion is the most significant quality that Trick displays in contrast to other club music releases that appear utterly emotionless.

If anything, Okereke is doing nothing more but staying afloat in the ever expanding world of club/house music, especially in the UK where up-and-coming artists like A.G. cook and Disclosure are in a realm of their own. With the exclusion of “Stay the Night”, Trick is ready for the nightlife, if your night consists of a sensual experience that lasts until the sun rises.