No Longer At Ease
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No Longer At Ease

30 Sep 2009

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  Song Title Artist
Death Nneka
Heartbeat Nneka
Mind vs. Heart Nneka
Suffri Nneka
Come With Me Nneka
Gypsy Nneka
Halfcast Nneka
Something To Say Nneka feat. Pat Attah
Streets Lack Love Nneka
Niger Delta Nneka
From Africa 2 U Nneka
Running Away Nneka
Focus Nneka
Kangpe Nneka feat. Wesley Williams
Deadly Combination Nneka

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  • Original Release Date: 25 April 2008
  • Release Date: 25 April 2008
  • Label: yo mama records
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  • Total Length: 1:01:21
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  • ASIN: B002UIBI0G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,695 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Longer at Ease, couldn't be a better title. 14 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is the CD I've played most often over the past month or so. The title comes from a T.S. Elliot poem via Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, and I can't remember an album being better summed up by its title than this. From the claustrophobic, lo-fi production to the minor-key melodies, Nneka comes on like a Nigerian Tricky, confiding her deepest fears and anxieties in regard to both personal relationships and her continents woes and troubles. There's nothing easygoing going on here.
And although she sites Fela Kuti (along with Chinua Achebe) as influences there is surprisingly little influence of Afrobeat here. Instead, I can hear everything from 1970's politicised Americal soul and funk, to drum and bass, to electronica, to the art-house experiments of Bjork but with added angst ('Gypsy' and 'Halfcast') to Jamaican reggae and ragga.

But when she does reggae, such as on 'Something to Say' it's completely on her own terms. This is post industrial reggae in which the offbeat guitar chops seem to have been created from sampling some huge piece of factory equipment being dragged across a metal floor. And how many reggae tracks make such effective use of a ride cymbal?

Each track here is like a new experiment; a new Frankenstein hybrid that Nneka and her producer, DJ Farhot, have felt compelled to stitch together out of old musics and new sounds. There is no need to settle on a style and then go with it, for this woman. Her restlessness is part of the essential spirit of her edgy music.

The track 'Heartbeat' is an most unbearably intense song which seems to move from the personal to the political, suggesting Nneka is as emotionally engaged in both arenas. It brings to mind, as a few tracks here do, the cinematic sweep of Shara Nelson-era Massive Attack.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic and unique album 13 Sep 2009
By Jane
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this album - I find it hard to express how good it is. Sadly and unforgivably it was hardly reviewed in the british music press when it came out a couple of weeks ago. It's frustrating that when there is so much mediocre music around, someone with such talent appears to be off the radar of most music journalists.

Nneka is an amazing talent - great songs and fantastic voice with a real depth of emotion to it that grips your heart. The songs are really varied - mix of hiphop, soul, reggae, drum and bass and more that somehow all hangs together. She defies definition but in a good way.

My favourite songs on the album at the moment are 'Heartbeat' (a single), 'Come with Me' (deceptively simple folk song), 'Halfcast' (angry hiphop) and 'Focus' (kind of rock song).

BUY THIS ALBUM IT IS AMAZING! Her first album 'Victim of Truth' is brilliant too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gr8 album :) 25 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really do like this album and can't believe that I only discovered Nneka by chance; I bought this and another, earlier, album of hers at the same time and I rate both, altho' imho this one edges it. The mix of Afro-Reggae-Dance styles is very good and I'm successfully converting my 'younger' friends (the 18-30 yr olds, lol) to Nneka fans! :)
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