A producer and songwriter’s album, this LP upholds all sides of the bargain – lyrics, beats, messages, holiness, and impact’.
Album – Frankincense
Artiste – Frank Edwards
Producer – Frank Edwards
Record Label - Rocktown Records (2016)
Duration – 78 Minutes
Frank Edwards is the poster boy of the Nigerian Hip Christian movement. With many albums to his credit, the contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and recording artist from Enugu State, hasn’t only done well for himself, his artistry has spawned the careers of the acts signed under his record label, Rocktown Records, which is home to recording artists such as Edwards himself, Gil, Divine, King BAS, Nkay, and David among others.
His new album received massive promotion boost last year, with Gospel superstar and worship favorite, Don Moen announcing a collaboration on a record. That project was initially intended to be made into an EP of five songs. The EP never came, but a single from that work makes this album.
“Frankincense” comes at a time when the singer sits comfortably at the top of Nigerian Gospel Music. Leaning heavily on Rock music, Frank has come a long way from the man who captured hearts with records off his debut and sophomore albums “The Definition” and “Angels On The Runway.” These days he is pretty much the boss around the corner, dictating the trends and giving others a platform to shine.
20 track long and serene, Frank Edwards launches into worship all through, backed by 6-string guitars, eroding keys, and percussive influences. He skips through the rigid lyrical limitations of Gospel music, creating new music with similar themes. ‘Onye’ is a jewel which tugs at the heartstrings, ‘Agam Enye Gi Ekele’ rolls off as a soothing balm, and ‘Nara Ekele’ brings all the divine ambience of heaven through the door. That can also be bathed in on the clanging ‘Baba’. ‘Don’t Cry’ is the classic upliftment song, with Nathaniel Bassey bringing on his best application yet.
Don Moen gets his guest spot on ‘Ka Anyi Bulie’, showing dexterity in the Igbo language, with local drumming, rattles and background voices giving off a Christian hit song. It’s a novelty that he could pull that off, and that feeling lasts all through the songs. The Tempo is stepped up with assistance from Chinyere Udoma, bringing on a dance dimension to the LP. That dance-feel is maintained through ‘Oyoyo’.
Frank Edwards’ “Frankincense” is an impress addition to the huge Christian discography that Nigeria churns out yearly. It’s got all the good things that make locally generated solemn worship and praise a hit. As he has done for much of his career, he works with elements regardless of location. There’s pidgin, English, Igbo, all brought together by unbiased horns, synths, kicks, pianos and many more. A producer and songwriter’s album, this LP upholds all sides of the bargain – lyrics, beats, messages, holiness, and impact’.
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