What an amazing artist Asa is! This is the third album I buy and I am still amazed at how talented this unassuming young lady is. Love the voice, love the atmosphere(s) -even when sometimes I can't understand the lyrics-, love the "fusion" music, nobody likes that word "fusion" anymore but this is "fusion" at its best, a wonderful cocktail. Last time I was as excited with an album was with Amy Winehouse - still hope she pulls through some time - this is not the same but this also shouts talent, talent, talent! In other words, listen to the extracts on Amazon to make sure this can link up with your own little world and buy, buy, buy, you won't regret it!
I bought this album after hearing the opening track on the radio - and just loved it, so (unusually for me) took a chance and bought the CD, and it has been (for me) one of the CD's of 2010/2011 - it is just one beautiful listen - Happy, Sad, Introvert, extrovert, and so damn catchy...you find yourself singing the songs as you're wandering around the supermarket or in the bath or...where ever you find yourself...the whole album just has such a gorgeous 'Feel' to it...production is pared down, basic but cool and crystal clear - in this instance less is definitely more - so much more....if any of you can remember Linda Lewis (Lark, In Deep etc) then Asa voice reminds me of that, but with more 'soul'...Highly Recommended !
The voice of Asa is only one third of the reason why this album will be lauded when it's English release rolls around, months after it's been generally available in Europe. A second reason is the wonderful production by Benjamin Constant who produced it, and avoided the temptation that many would have fallen into of over complicating what is in the mix. 'Sparse' is an over used word, but this exemplifies what sparse production ought to do, which is to concentrate on the performance at the heart of the songs.When extra sounds are required they are added sparingly, listen to the trombone on "Why can't we" or the strings on "Baby gone".It also helps that guitarist Roman Chelminski is imbued with the same sparing qualities, seldom pushing the vocals out of the spotlight. Asa herself brings something different to every track as well, and the album has several songs in her native tongue, my favourite of which is "Bimpe".She's going to have to get used to attempts to compare her to other 'jazz singers', but this album has qualities that mark her out as no mere copyist of anyone elses style. If you haven't heard the album, you're in for a real treat, and it's even worth treating yourself to it ahead of its release.
Born in Paris to Nigerian parents, there are a range of flavours Bukola Elemide could have brought to the musical table. But perhaps weighing up airplay potential, the singer-songwriter known as Așa has chosen to stick firmly in the soul-pop brackets for her second album. The exoticism of Lagos, where she cut her teeth as a performer, crops up merely in the odd off-kilter lyric or instrumental flourish. Instead breezy pop and lazy grooves dominate, the tunes nodding along to acoustic guitar upstrokes and bouncy bass lines that sound like they were dashed up around a beach campfire. Elemide's vocal delivery is spot on, equal parts soul and drawl; balancing technique with a witty, conversational familiarity, while her sketched-on-a-bus lyrics teeter dangerously between whimsy and banality. Perhaps tellingly, it is three tunes sung in native Yoruba that emote most. The album doesn't overflow with either beauty or imperfection, but it's hardly a Trading Standards matter. Thanks to killer arrangements and nifty timing, Be My Man, Bimpé and Broda Olé are likely to be troubling the summer download charts soon.
I heard this album for the first time in my sister's car when I went to Nigeria, I just loved it! we played it over and over again how refreshing it is to listen to some unique music from Nigeria. I have bought the CD and will certainly get her other album too. I just love Asa's voice. It's about time we listen to some serious melodious music. its great!!
dont understand the 2 star review in Q. Asa has a great voice, singing really catchy tunes that burrow their way through your head. Superb album, definitely should be a 4 star review, I hope she makes it big time.