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Onabule, Ona / Point Less
Album:Point Less Collection:World
Artist:Onabule, Ona Added:09/2019
Label:Rugged Ram Records 

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Add Date:2019-10-30 Pull Date:2020-01-01 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-10-23 
Reviewed: 2019-10-22
Genre: World
FCCs: none
Review: British-Nigerian singer/songwriter Onabulé is the whole package: a powerful, expressive singer and a striking songwriter, with incisive things to say about contemporary society. But always in a poetic way: he is no mere polemicist. His stylistic influences are broad—African, Latin, jazz, funk, soul and pop—and they combine in a completely natural fusion. There is considerable rhythmic variety in these tunes, ably handled by the entire cast of supporting musicians.
If You Like: Stevie Wonder, Yousou N’Dour, Femi Kuti
Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
**1/ Throwaway Notion – drums start> uptempo song> soaring guitar solo> uptempo song> slow fade
***2/ The Old Story – drums start> uptempo song with Latin vibe> chorus joins> vocal soars> piano/percussion duet> midtempo song mellows, then swings up> vocal soars with chorus> quick stop
*3/ Point Less – drums/piano starts> uptempo song slows to midtempo, then swings back up> pause> melody shift to midtempo song, then returns to original> guitar solo> midtempo song soars> slow fade
**4/ And Yet – piano starts> uptempo song> vocal soars with chorus> vocal slows to midtempo & organ solo, then swings back up> fade on vocal
5/ Exit Wound – vocal/percussion stars> uptempo song with hi-life vibe slows to midtempo> guitar solo> uptempo song with high-life vibe> quick stop
*6/ What The Heck – piano/bass start> uptempo song> vocal soars> slow fade
7/ Ballad Of The Star Crossed – piano starts> midtempo song with lovely melody morphs into midtempo song with different melody & soaring vocal> Rhodes solo> uptempo song soars with chorus> slow fade
*8/ I Knew Your Father – full band starts> uptempo song> guitar solo> uptempo song soars> fade on vocal
*9/ Sure Lere – drums start> uptempo song> vocal soars> sax solo> uptempo song> crescendo on vocal> uptempo song> fade on vocal
*10/ Tender Heart – guitar starts quietly> slow song> pause> swings up to midtempo> slow fade
***11/ Conceive It – guitar starts> uptempo song> vocal soars> instrumental break> uptempo song> quick stop
**12/ So They Say – vocal starts> slow song> pause> uptempo song> guitar solo> uptempo song> fade
*13/ Pas Famille – harmonica starts> scat singing> uptempo song> harmonica solo> uptempo song> quick stop
**14/ You Can’t Depend On Love – harmonica starts> midtempo song> vocal soars> harmonica/scat duet to quick stop on vocal

Track Listing
1.Throwaway Notion 8.I Knew Your Father
2.The Old Story 9.Sure Love
3.Point Less 10.Tender Heart
4.And Yet 11.Conceive It
5.Exit Wound 12.So They Say
6.What The Heck 13.Pas Famille
7.Ballad Of The Star Crossed 14.You Can't Depend On Love