Asa’s V album review | Hit or Miss?
After what is probably my 2365th time listening to Asa’s V album.
Asa may have flown too close to the sun in her attempt to appeal to a broader audience with her contemporary Afropop album. Still, in today’s music-sphere that prioritises experimentation, even at the cost of reinventing an established and beloved auditory aesthetic, her wings remain intact. They will probably perch at the top of her sound again.
The self-renaissance of Asa is one of the boldest and most timely exhibitions. Not only in her canon of masterpieces but also in the clothes of today’s Afropop. Of course, the body of work has a well-thought-out artist pairing, tethered together by Asa’s adept vocals on every song.
The V album review
“Good Times”, my second favourite song on the album, is anthemic and easily a time marker and a song you share with someone special.
IMO, “the V album” is not up to Asa’s par. It will probably rank 6th in all her 6 albums. Her lyrics’ depth is one of the elements she conspicuously dialled down, and it is one of the things her fans yearn for; the way she plays with figures of speech in her music (even from the song titles).
But if you are discovering Asa’s discography, it is a great album by all means.
P.Priime will be a cultural force and one of the biggest Afrobeat exports. And luckily for him, he arrived at the scene at the right time.
He outdid himself on the album.
The production that stood out for me is Love Me or Give Me Red Wine. The progression of a low-key, pop-nuanced instrumental to northern soul/dance-pop and then to amapiano percussion on the same song is nothing short of being Promethean.
I remember the first time I listened to it, I had to check the title thrice, and you know a song is good when you are listening for the first time, and you check the title at least twice.