When you have placed the bar so high, there’s a certain anxiety that hits you when you are set to compile the much-awaited album. So was the plight of Eva, so much so that she had to repeatedly push the release date for this piece of work to the dismay of her impassioned fandom. Dismay for some, increased anticipation for me, the Diva with the quirky hair-do had no room to fail
In an industry where message-full Rap music is nose-diving, Eva has kept it strong over the years with numerous banging covers, a mixtape, an EP, singles and crisp videos… the trend was expected to continue with “1960”, did it?
In rhymes and in rhythmic reasoning, Eva uses 1960 to tell a story of freedom, freedom from every drawback, every made-up societal standard, freedom from self-degradation and a reminder on self-awareness. The message surfaces wholesomely on tracks like the spiritual-sounding MBALI (Zulu: Flower) featuring Yemi Alade, an unusual but brilliant collaboration. Eva speaks of letting go of perceived joys on this track
“the things that we just keep holding on to, they not even gonna make us feel good”
Similar messages reecho on PRETTY.
SWEET LITTLE GIRL feels like a music intervention for a lost soul, it’s such a full track, blessed with a touch of that Modern reggae vibe – a rendition from the heart from the Delta Diva. FOR MY MOMMA is my jammm! Beautiful messaging, excellent production and that feel good beat. I found the 2mins 33secs skit with Eva and her Mom a tad long, but its allowed, owing to the fact that the album is a tribute to the Artiste’s Mom, who was born in 1960.
“I’m tryna buy a house for my momma momma, yea yea that’s right
n keep her chilling in the summer summer, yea yea that’s right”
Eva and the masterful Dare Art Alade delivered what I would consider to be one of the best collaborations of 2016 on DANCE WITH YOU – Its sensual, its Jamaican-groovy, it felt like something Marley and Lauryn blessed. WOMAN featuring the Grammy nominated Femi Kuti was some glorious high-life rap tribute to the best of the women folk. Eva must be applauded for her play with the genres.
KANAYO, DEAF, DEAF & DUMB, WAR COMING all previous works still come off as solid additions to this album, all vibrant productions, brilliant features, fused with uplifting lyrics. Four previous (old)tracks on the (new)album left the album needing a tinge of newness. Flaw.
YABA! YABA! YABA! This track is the head of this body of work called 1960, it encapsulates the sound and the image that the artiste, Elohor Eva Alordiah has been/is known for. Who do I have to thank for whipping out the Olamide-Sample? Tintin or Gray Jon’z?
In this Industry you are faced with two choices, you either conform to the norm by creating ear-rattling-club-banging commercial sound, or you dig deep into your artistry and give your loyal fans that tried-and-true sound that gained you their acceptance. Eva did the latter
With more felt-singles like YABA, this album would have landed itself in the same league with “Thy Nation Come” and “Talk About It”. Overall, a glorious 13-track record by my favourite Femcee anywhere. It’s totally worth your $4.99
Critic Score: 8/10