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ALBUM REVIEW: 2face Idibia – The Ascension

Posted by Jim Donnett on July 31, 2014 in Album reviews · 59 Comments

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Artiste – 2face Idibia
Album – The Ascension
Features – Machel Montano, Vector, Iceberg Slim, Rocksteady, Bridget Kelly, Dammy Krane, Kim Almarcha, Shurwayne, Fally Ipupa, Sir Victor Uwaifo and Tony One Week,
Running Time – 65 minutes
Record Label – Hypertek Digital/960 Music Group (2014)

Ain’t nobody else doing this business of music the way afro pop/R&B legend, 2face Idibia does his. Tubaba raised the stakes when he pushed himself past his limits on The Ascension album. New sounds, new collaborations, new concept… new everything, and the title fits perfectly because this new take to his music art is so not the usual. It’s a gravitational shift away from the tailored style of making records that have become all too popular in the industry.

The genres in which the album was built showed how much room for diversity 2face had allowed. He’s not resting on his oars having bagged the title of afro R&B king. He’s launched into the deep in a new market by crossing international boarders whilst delivering with a flavour that keeps him endeared.

2face opens The Ascension with Machel Montano on Go – an all vibe and groove track that messes with your music mind, shakes your spirit and stirs up velocity flowing through the ends of your body. You may want to tread with caution here especially when blasting it’s sound from a properly tuned system otherwise you may have damaged the repeat button before exhausting the album.

#Aproko is Tubaba’s gift to all them Twitter haters and detractors. The track has the signature of beats savvy Leriq – loud claps, pounding kicks and an eclectic mix of sounds. Only 2face can pull off a melodious rant like this without sounding any bit pained or personal.

2face didn’t miss out on the opportunity to deal his fans some chilling music. Holiday will not exactly be everybody’s favourite but for those who wanna take a breather off life’s worries, it can manage to do some justice.

I Can’t Hear You with Vector is one of those tracks on the album that you just have to ask, what is this doing here?

It’s an all strings affair on Best I Can Be. Tubaba swagged his lines off the beat and bass kicks. Iceberg Slim’s decent rap delivery deserves an applaud for being the icing on this cake. When you add that with Rocksteady’s vocal cut, you have all the cherry topping you need on this cake’s icing. A live acoustic version would totally ROCK!

On the love-themed tracks, there’s Hate What You Do To Me and Close To Where You Are – a sample of songs that have defined the standard for 2face’s music art in the R&B genre. Kiss of Life is like a chill pill off all the energy that The Ascension brings. Here, he tones things down and serenades you with vocals that shine on a love ballad.

2face brought the best of his lyrical a-game on Let Somebody Love You with Bridget Kelly. While his lines dissected issues on relationships and alone-ness, Bridget on the other hand sang with such emotioned vocals; a clever attempt at showing the deep and intense sensitivity of the lyrical subject being portrayed.

International Loving is perhaps the most beautiful duet ever. 2face sure knows how to pick them girls for his features. Kim Almarcha’s contralto (although soft and somewhat airy), comes out quite audibly as she delivers her lines in français while keeping her vocal embellishments to a professional standard. Together, their harmonies can literally take you to a world where love indeed has no language barriers.

Confessions with mentee, Dammy Krane is another lovers’ favourite. Leriq wired so much bass and claps alongside swirling effects into the reggae-inspired number, and then Rocksteady really began to sound so much like Burnaboy. Beautiful song, beautiful vocal delivery!

2face returns to showing off the African genres with Shurwayne on Boulay Boulay – a typical happy song with some electro-fusion at the end that made for quite a dramatic close. The Zouk-styled Diaspora Woman with Fally Ipupa will fail in appealing to his Nigerian fans. Rather, it’s a quick sell for his other African fans who savour sound treaties like this. Quite a bold strategy for cutting across francophone markets. He goes on to paying tribute to legendary musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti on his self-styled afrobeat-inspired number, Jeje where he sings with a sass attitude on doing his ‘tin’ and not showing himself. Impressive!

2face pulls a weak attempt at high life on Lesse Passe with Sir Victor Uwaifo. It’d be totally understandable if you press skip on this one but the tingly feel of those melodies from the lead strings, made for an almost close save. He redeems it on Ife Dinma with Tony One Week. It’s a track that gets you wriggling your waist from side-to-side and boogey-ing down the African way.

He closes The Ascension with the chant-esque Not A Surprise. It will get you pushing your hands up in the air and going “hay-hay” before you finally realize you’re already up on your feet. Simply put, don’t get tired of hustling. When you fall down, pick yourself back up and try again again again!

The Ascension album is everything an original African album should boast of, and I’m not just talking about features or titles alone. It’s evident in the album’s content and musical instrumentation – totally African! With 17 tracks that feel like 7, 2face successfully whipped up an album that reeks of energy from start to finish. While he never falls short with his lyrics or vocal styling, The Ascension is a test of his creative prowess which saw him come out with blazing guns proving that he is indeed, a musician at heart. He is 2face Idibia and he’s still king of afro R&B.

Rating – 3.5/5 

Reviewed by Jim Donnett

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49 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Excellent

  2. Wow making lots of sence

  3. Thanks my man,just thought NET how to review without bias.

  4. My Baba I hail ooo

  5. 2face d king…i luv this review..very proffessional.

  6. TX won’t stop beefing Vector. D track with vector is one of the dopest tracks on d album yet TX rubbished it. Well ur review doesn’t determine d songs I listen to. D album doesn’t measure up with previous 2baba albums

    • Bro u ve Said it all dats even 1 of my best

    • Bro u ve Said it all dats even 1 of my best

  7. the king blowing my head, with the track…I Hate What You Do To Me.

  8. Best African review I’ve crossed part with. Good one you guys.

  9. Omo 2baba don fall my hand….no show for u dis year

  10. The song is ok

  11. Itu baba always sure. Legend man abeg hlp me giv olamide baddoo
    one featuring

  12. the Oga @ top

  13. Tu baba,kwagh wou gande!

  14. My favorite musician.

  15. Tubaba i love you u ar number one in africa.thank u big artist thats good muzik kill dem

  16. Tubaba u re a darling

  17. the album is ok, wonderful infact, 2face is a bold musician who doesn’t rest on his strength &neglect his weakness, this is definitely a push on his abilities, well done sir. note dat 2face songs and albums do not make first impressions but get better acknowledgments with time, watch out.

  18. yes

  19. 2baba u r my all tym best in d world

  20. Great songs u too much 2baba’God bless u

  21. Datz hw d bossy dudez doez it.

  22. great one frm legend

  23. great one frm legend

  24. Lovely nd cool songs

  25. you’re wrong on ur take on “diaspo
    ra woman’ many Nigerians actually love it

  26. 2baba u ten much jawe

  27. 2baba, i diagree with dis wan.

  28. One question I need to ask everyone. What are you expecting from Tuface Idibia. What is happening is that Nigerian we are use to Beats….but listen to the songs on d Album…I mean d lyrics…AND the man age he can be doing songs like Wizzy Babe, Davido, Olamide etc

    • move on jawe tubaba

    • move on jawe tubaba

  29. Did one is dope. I luv it tubaba

  30. 2

  31. 2baba is a music icon with with exception but they needs to make amend @plantaintion boyz

  32. baba 2 u too much

  33. 2 baba u 2 much I luv ascension I hate what u do 2 me I luv it kiss of life wow int love ooh God u 4 much tnks oyi u do well I dy ur back

  34. 2baba i de fil u bad… go ahed ntn do u

  35. 2 BABA. U’re mouthed

  36. International loving

  37. Long live d legend

  38. I love the very Track I hate what you do 2 me… Jux d very best

  39. G.TIMOH

  40. Very pro review… dispassionate & unbiased…as for the Singer himself,tuface,I’d say this,he has come 2 embody everything superb in music. Like fine wine he is getting better with age. A chronicle of AFRICAN pop music will be incomplete without him…keep going strong

  41. Tu baba he is the best

  42. A legend is always a legend tubaba u too much

  43. 2baba he dey body

  44. Tubaba na you be my mentor ,,,,, how i wish you can carry me along

  45. He is a living legend….. D Michael Jackson of Africa

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