When I first heard "Fire on the Mountain", on radio, I was totally wowed at Asa's husky voice and the lyrical completeness of the track (she is both songwriter and singer) I went ahead to buy the CD, expecting that this would be (as usual)the "one hit wonder" in the midst of a lot of junk.
I was very pleasantly surprised to find that ALL the tracks are as lyrically and musically complete as "Fire on the Mountain", which by the way is no longer my favourite... after listening to the others.
Asa manages to create a universally appealing style slightly reminiscent of Tracy Chapman (but unique enough to be particularly memorable) in her English language tracks "Jailer" and "Fire on the Mountain", nostalgic in the traditional Yoruba highlife (as in "Eye Adaba"), and powerfully evocative in her own special ingenious mix as in "Bibanke" "Subway" and "So beautiful"
The album is varied enough not to be boring, and yet consistent enough to be uniquely Asa.
I'm also impressed by the fact that this was produced in Nigeria, though recorded in France - a thumbs up for Cobhams Asuquo here.