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Billie-Eve [Enhanced, Import]

Ayo Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B004GM4ZW2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cd is just gread, but was used 12 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
the cd has been ordered in the uk.i live in germany.its been sent within 2 days, but the cd cover has been opened before, so it was not new as described.its not the first time i received a cd claimed as new, but used. bad service by amazon.

after complaining i received a brand new cd by amazon.uk. so far the service regarding complaints itself works. thank u amazon.

i've bout the previos cd from ayo. her voice is unbevlievable even when the songs are bit different compared with the last cd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billie-Eve 30 Jan 2012
By Geminigirl - Published on Amazon.com
I loved Ayo's debut album and on this, her 3rd can hear a much more confident vocalist who has command of her material. Ayo's voice & music remind me of a modern day Minnie Riperton - she has an airy soprano that glides over the soulful-rock-folksy-reggae tinged tracks of this album.

Listening to this album over & over just made my heart feel good & lifted my spirits as I found that most of the lyrics on the album are about love - for oneself, others, family & God which is sorely missing in a lot of today's music. None of the songs sound alike and with excellent song placement, I as a listener was never bored. The musical arrangements are stellar as well and gives that live instrumentation sound that I adore in music.

Instant favorites:

IT HURTS - beautiful spare ballad featuring plaintive lyrics about relationship problems
I'M GONNA DANCE - catchy upbeat track with a folk/rock vibe
I CAN'T - melodic rock-tinged soul track
FLOWERS - beautiful lyrics urging women to love & value ourselves as "beautiful flowers"
IT'S TOO LATE - reggae-tinged arrangement
WE'VE GOT TO - urgent lyrics about people joining together
BLACK SPOON - moody ballad
REAL LOVE - beautiful lyrics expressing love for God, her children, herself & others
MY MAN - funky arrangement declaring her love for her man

I can't recommend this enough to those who are already fans of Ayo and to music lovers seeking new music from an underground soul artist.
5.0 out of 5 stars " BILLIE-EVE " 14 Aug 2014
By David White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Quoting the chorus one of Broadway’s greatest empowering songs, “You gotta have heart/ Miles and miles of heart.” The German-born singer/songwriter/musician Ayo (AKA Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin) strongly relates to those potent words of wisdom from the musical Damn Yankees. Her attractive musical pictures are articulate and honest, thoroughly adorned with simplicity that relies on live instrumentation and straying from the trappings of technologic clutter. Ayo lovingly stamps her exclusive brand of soul with intense themes of hope and enduring struggle. Her work stems from a rollercoaster childhood, a byproduct of a drug-addicted mother and living in foster homes. Thanks to her father’s encouragement, Ayo found an escape mechanism in her own musical gifts. Though record companies courted Ayo to be the next pop soul diva, she adamantly resisted the mainstream. Her first two full-length projects, Joyful (2007) and Gravity at Last (2008) were therapeutic insights of her past sparked by subtle soul nuances, alternative pop, reggae and rock. The 2009 documentary entitled Ayo Joy unveils more about Ayo’s childhood history and the events surrounding her first concert in her father’s homeland of Nigeria.

Ayo continues digging into her past and dishes out personal observations of life on her latest effort, Billie-Eve, named after her youngest daughter. “How Many People” starts on a reggae roots bed, then shifts to a psychedelic rock dirge as Ayo probes peoples’ spirit and attitudes: “How many people speak their mind? How many times did you waste your blessings?” The mood changes over to the cleansing of the mind on the energetic ska rhythms of “I’m Gonna Dance.” Ayo’s fluctuating voice nails the bluesy “Black Spoon,” reflecting the obvious pain she bears towards others: “One million faces of a broken heart.” The inspirational “Real Love” gives full thanks to the Lord while bouncing between reggae and contemporary pop. “Who Are They?” a stinging commentary on how people treat others in general, adds a bit of country flavor: “People will treat you so much better when they are stars.” “Believe” thrives on an all too brief, but potent spoken word contribution from Saul Williams: “Tangled in a web of belief and disbelief/Entertaining possibilities/Otherworldliness/Civility.” Besides the original pieces on Billie-Eve, Ayo brings full credence on a pop/soul classic in The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.”

These tracks from Billie-Eve are just a sample of Ayo’s exquisite vocal talents and genuine lyrics, verses echoing a lifetime of surviving the hard times. In other words, Ayo’s heart is unquestionably in the right place.
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE STAR! 18 Jan 2014
By michael best - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ayo is a very gifted singer and songwriter. And, there are plenty of good, tbought provoking songs on the cd. She covers many genres of music. Europe and Africa knows a true star. I wish she were more kbown in the United States.
4.0 out of 5 stars SWEET MUSIC! 25 May 2013
By Oliver Carter - Published on Amazon.com
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