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African Girl

Nayo Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fyro Music
  • ASIN: B0013PJGCO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. African Girl
2. Overdose On Love
3. Fool For You
4. Desert Storm
5. Mr So & So
6. Harder Than Rock
7. Hurting Me Anyway
8. Sparrow
9. Stranger To My Eye
10. Last Few Years
11. 1+1

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good debut, definitely worth checking out 17 April 2008
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As soon as this CD begins, Nayo's sultry voice, great lyrics and strong backing beats set the tone for an album full of chilled yet upbeat songs. It's pretty modern and would be great for background music at a cool dinner party, for getting ready for a night out, or sitting down with a good glass of wine. The closest comparisons I can think of are Dido and Sade.

The singles, African Girl and Desert Storm, along with the excellent Mr So & So, are perhaps the most instantly catchy songs and are great for grooving along to. The lyrics for African Girl are particularly good - it's the perfect song for anyone who's ever wondered why the person they love from afar stays in a relationship with someone who's no good for them.

However, the album falls short of 5 stars for me because although a lot of the tracks are really good, a few of them are also quiet samey. Also, with her Nigerian background I was expecting some more interesting beats, perhaps something more African as the title suggests, but much of the music is pretty standard for the UK scene. I feel she could have done something a bit more interesting with some of the tracks.

The one track that does really stand out for me, though, is the final song 1+1. It's here that we get to hear the full range and beauty of Nayo's amazing voice, which may have gone somewhat unnoticed if this track had been left out. 1+1 is a stunningly beautiful song that addresses the way we ignore the problems of persecution that go on in surrounding countries, and it is the most stripped down track on the album, with very little accompanying music.

I hope that when Nayo releases a second album, she includes more songs like this which show off her voice and have such a great emotional heart. A few more of these interspersed with the other songs would have given this album more variety. All in all though, it's a great debut and I look forward to hearing more of her.
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By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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If you're female and want to get ahead in music, you need to get yourself a single moniker name. Thus we've got Adele and Duffy (actually her surname), and a little earlier Dido. Further back and we're into those dual-name charlatans who are now easily recognised by their singular Christian name only: Britney, Celine and Shania. Earlier still and we have Sadé: the most obvious musical reference point for new recording artist... Nayo.

The opener, and title track, `African Girl' is a fairly lovely creation: slinky African rhythms, breathy vocals, swathes of soothing keyboards, laid back bass, the whole thing punctuated by the beat of tom-toms.

Track two, `Overdose on Love', begins with tom-toms, a sampled African wind instrument, a touch of Spanish guitar...

Track three, `Fool for You' has more tom-toms, more tasteful bass, sweeping keyboard strings, a sultry feel and... well you've got the basic idea. On the remainder of the album, virtually every song takes the same basic template and offers slight variations on it. So we're not offered ground-breaking, cutting edge sounds here. It's all very late 80s in feel, but mellow and tuneful with it; very nice to listen to in an undemanding relaxing way.

Still, it's the perfect background listening for that little wine party where every guy in attendance is called Julian and the only food on offer is a stick of celery and some guacamole dip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Sade you will love this 21 April 2008
By Scully Bloke VINE VOICE
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Wow I loved this album. This album drips sex. A very seductive voice singing beautifully written ballads.

I was reminded very much of Sade at her very best. Extremely good percussion, mingled with laid back acoustic/flamenco guitars and an extremly hypnotic voice.

I think they have found a new star. Highlights of the album for me were the title african girl, mr so and so and fool for you.

But the whole album has the same theme. Love songs sung so seductively.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious 13 April 2008
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That's how I would describe this album.
Her voice melts your heart, and the way she tackles each song is beautiful.
More than a little Sade was shining through on this album, and I loved it completely.
Favourite track, I would have to go with Desert Storm. It's sooo catchy, it's even appeared as my new ringtone.
A beautiful album anyone can enjoy. A beautiful voice....
This album is truly delicious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Promising Beginnings 9 April 2008
By Brian Martin VINE VOICE
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Nayo is a Nigerian born singer/songwriter of the same lounge room sensibilities as Sade. Her first two singles African Girl and Desert Storm found there way to number 11 and number 4 on the UK club charts and African Girl featured on the Ministry of Sound Hed Kandi compilation Served Chilled.

The album features some of the finest writers and producers around including Pat Leonard who has written for Madonna and Chris Rojas who has produced for Pink.

There has been a lot of comparisons with Sade and yes Nayo has a smooth vocal style and the production style keeps it in that mould, the producers could be accused of playing safe and radio friendly, in saying that it never did Sade any harm.

The album does show different influences and flirts with Jazz, pop soul and Latin flavours, production is excellent with real musicians.

Although there are times when the songs blend together and without a great deal of change of pace, and it could be too monotonous for some tastes, a well crafted album nonetheless and she certainly has a bright future.

All n all a good first album suitable for those chill out moments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars soulful & relaxing
I will generally reflect the comments made below. I found this cd generally a well thought out production. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2008 by Sanjay
3.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, slick production - so why are the songs easily...
I bought this album on a whim after hearing the single "African Girl". Having now had the album for a month or so, I have mixed feelings about it. Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2008 by Brida
3.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing and upbeat
I like this, but with the possible exception of the last track "1 + 1", none of it really grabs my attention... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by N. Gratton
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful background music
I recently spent hours driving accross England and was very pleased to have African Girl playing along. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2008 by DubaiReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fusion of R&B, PoP & World Rhythms
On the verge of Pop / Rhythm & Blues ... this album is different & enjoyable. Nayo is offering a style similar to Dido, but completely different time. Read more
Published on 25 May 2008 by David Calcano
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb easy listening.
I don't classify music by genre most of the time and I will not be doing so with this album. I classify it by where I would listen to it and why. Read more
Published on 11 May 2008 by Tox
2.0 out of 5 stars That 1980s wine bar sound is back, apparently.
A pretty voice and some manicured production - Spanish guitars, some South American stylings - almost, but not quite, disguise the lack of any real songwriting ability here. Read more
Published on 10 May 2008 by A. Miles
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very African...
As I placed my promo copy of this album on my CD player I expected my ears to be greeted by African influenced music, this was my assumption for a singer from Lagos, but instead as... Read more
Published on 28 April 2008 by Milt Ingarfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and sophisticated.
I loved this from the first play through. Nayo has a lovely voice and you could draw some parallels with Sade in terms of tone and quality. Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Robert Hardie
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality modern soul
This is a really good modern soul record. It's reminiscent of numerous artists - most obviously Sade - but it also reminds me of Terri Walker, Zero 7, Erykah Badu (vocally) and... Read more
Published on 24 April 2008 by Ian Shine
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