Kele - Tenderoni - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Kele - Tenderoni

by Rich Morris Rating:6 Release Date:2010-06-14

"Why can't we have a gay pop star who is edgy and tough?" asked Kele Okereke during his recent interview with Attitude magazine. Oh and how Soundblab wants that pop star to be you, Kele, but we're just not sure 'Tenderoni' is going to get the job done. It's a little too depressed and angsty to set the clubs alight, but definitely too dance-orientated to keep the indie kids happy. Despite all his talk in recent interviews that his upcoming solo album The Boxer represents a new start, 'Tenderoni' isn't that far away from the electro experiments on Bloc Party's last album, Intimacy. The problem is that it just doesn't push things far enough.

It's really laudable that Kele wants to be the kind of out-and-proud, smart and sexy gay star he never had when he was growing up, but it's possible he doesn't understand what the majority of gay people want from a pop star. The reason most gay kids chose Kylie, Madonna and Lady Gaga over bands like Bloc Party is because these stars represent escapism, the chance to break free of all the tiny, mundane indignities they experience in their lives. If Kele really wants to compete with that, he will have to achieve something which has so far been alien to him as a songwriter. He will have to present us with a fantasy. That aside, 'Tenderoni' is a good enough start to a solo career from an artist who always promises just a little bit more than he delivers.

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