Adekunle Gold in Beyonce like manner decided he wasn’t going to wait till the 28th before releasing his much anticipated GOLD album. Yesterday evening, the album became available for purchase on iTunes and we listened to it to see just how good Adekunle is.
A career that started off with a One Direction cover has come a long way in the right direction with a 16 track album titled GOLD which just about does justice to the album title. The album features just one artiste and yes, you guessed right... Simi who mixed and mastered most of the songs on the album was the only artiste featured on her “lover’s” debut album. One thing that stood out for me during my first listen were the beautiful guitar riffs in most of the tracks especially on friend zone. Amongst the new tracks on the album, here are a few of my choice selections.
Ariwo Ko: This song shows Mr Adekunle’s ability to handle even the most difficult instrumentals. The pseudo reggae track produced by YBNL faithful Pheelz confirms what I’ve always asked myself about Adekunle.
Beautiful Night: A classic Adekunle song about love with a beautiful synth afropop vibe.
Fight For You: Easily one of my favourite songs from the GOLD album, Fight for you talks about Adekunle gold fighting the battles facing his beloved who he somehow missed out on.
Friend zone: A fast tempo song that describes the struggles and thoughts that run through a Nigerian male when the girl he desperately wants refers to him as “Brother”.
My Life: At this point, I’m asking myself “How does a musician sound the same and so different on every track?” Adekunle presents a much different approach to music that even the older folk can relate to and this song really shows how.
Nurse Alabere: Just about my favourite track on the album. A beautiful soulful song even complemented by the talking drums and flutes.
Temptation: Adekunle does something most Nigerian artistes don’t, he tells stories also... Purely hypothetical but he is able to convey his message from the voices of total strangers that don’t even exist.
No Forget: If you were like me who thought Falz had taken Simi from Adekunle, think again. Simi who is the only artiste featured on this album proves her worth and significance in the life of Adekunle with unreal synergy.
Paradise: Adekunle feels like he’s enjoying paradise and why not too? His songs in the mouth of most Nigerians why shouldn’t he?
Indeed Christmas came early for lovers of good music. If you ever had any doubt that Adekunle is a man on a mission then you should give this album a listen. For $10, the GOLD album is a bargain.