Wednesday 1 November 2017

#AHAlbumReview: A review of the 'This Is Me' album by Niniola [@OfficialNiniola]

Artiste: Niniola
Album: This Is Me
Tracks: 13
Features: Terry Apala, Patoranking, Charmant and Devil Di Dakta
Producers: Sarz, Johnny Drille, Legendury beats, Illkeyz, ODH, DJ Berry, Natialo, Raheem Bale, Kuseim

Singer Niniola Apata also known as Niniola released her much awaited debut album titled This Is Me three years after dropping her first official single titled Ibadi (2014). From the moment the third runner up at the sixth edition of Project Fame West Africa came into the music scene she hasn’t relented as she has been able to drop some couple of hit singles like Soke, Shaba, Jiji just to name a few.
Now it time for us to know the depth of Niniola who describe her genre of music as Afrohouse, which is a combination of Afrbeat and House music. So without further ado ladies and gentlemen this is Niniola;

The album kicks off with a perfect song titled Moyo which is about giving praise and thanks to God and you know what I say about these songs, you can’t get it wrong. What I like about this song is the way she delivered it, yes her smooth blend of Yoruba and English lines was constant but aside that this was a different Niniola we know. The Johnny Drille produced song will have an 8/10

Oyin is produced by DJ Berry and Natialo and you can perfectly tell this isn’t the usual Niniola sound you know, this is more of a song Seyi Shay will do but this is Ninola showing that she can be versatile when she wants to. Brilliant production and very good use of her vocals on this, this will have a perfect 10

Up next is Bale featuring Terry Apala and here Niniola serves us with the Afrohouse sound that we know her for on this and I like the way the alujo was infused when Terry Apala came in, good production from ODH, this song will have 8/10.

Dola produced by ODH again gives us this up tempo electric sound and as expected Niniola came through and once again you can hear how she was able to utilize her vocals on this song. This is another brilliant song with a 9/10

Gbolun is the final track produced by ODH and on this one she talks about the importance of prayer, I think at this stage we have to appreciate Niniola's beautiful vocals because that was very key on this lovely song as the rating will be 8/10

Maradona is the first single that was released off this album and it was produced by Sarz which make it his first production credit on the album. This song was well received that even Wande Coal had to do his own cover, the rating will be 9/10.

Sora comes up at number 7 and this is another Sarz produced song and if you listen carefully, this is where you would really understand the Afrohouse sound, Sarz did a brilliant job combining pure afrobeat sounds with house sound together and Niniola also does what she does best giving us that perfect blend of her Yoruba and English lines. The rating will be 8/10

Rora as produced by Legendury Beatz sees Niniola change her tempo and her sounds once again as she gives us a dance/electric sound and once again she nailed it. The way the progression of the beat keeps rising and falling is just superb and the string that was towards the end is brain bursting. This is another 9/10 song.  

Always Here features Democratic Republic of Congo artiste Charmant and together they delivered a perfect highlife infused song which was produced by Kesium and will have an 8/10.

Sicker, another Sarz produced track and this song is still getting massive airplay across the country as this was the final single that was release off this album before dropping and according to our week 26 Absolute Hearts Music Review this song has a 9/10 rating. 

Magun makes it at track 11 and once again we can hear Niniola going back to her usual style that we know her for and this final track from Sarz will get an 8/10 rating. 

You featuring reggae artiste Devil Di Dakta from Jamaica is next and once again we hear Niniola changing up her style and her sound on this Raheem Bale produced track. The rating will be 9/10.  

The album comes to an end with the song title Hold Me featuring Nigerian dancehall artiste Patoranking as produced by Illkeyz. Just like the album started we hear Niniola changing up her style again as she gives us one of those Seyi Shay style once again, this is another dope song with dope production and the rating will be 8/10.

This is another female debut album that didn’t disappoint, a very decent effort coming Niniola as she made some good music on this project, the productions were on point, the sounds were exciting and entertaining and of course her vocal power also came into play and the total rating will be 7.8/10

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