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Melody Album – Frank Edwards (Music review)

Melody is the eight studio album of Nigerian Gospel Music icon, Frank Edwards. It was released on the 29th of April, 2022. The album has 10 tracks with a total play time of 3,025 seconds (50 minutes 25 seconds). It is difficult to assign Melody album to a particular genre of music because the songs are of different genres. Some of the genres you’ll find include, Afrobeats, traditional gospel, contemporary worship, even 80’s punk.

General Overview:

Melody album by Frank Edwards is basically a collection of songs that ascribe praise and worship to God for who He is and what He’s done. Like I said earlier, the songs have different genres. And the moods of the songs differ. Some of the songs are calm reflective songs, while others are groovy kind of songs that would get you dancing. However, all the songs are easy to sing along.

Overview of the tracks:

  1. ‘Imela’ ft Sinach is a song of praise and appreciation to God for His goodness and love.
  2. ‘Unchangeable God’ is a song of worship that acknowledges God as One who can never change.
  3. ‘Hallelujah Still’ ft. Nathaniel Bassey is another song of worship. Hallelujah, the sound of heaven is sung throughout the song.
  4. ‘The One For Me’ is a song of love to Christ. This is basically a response of Christ’s great love for us.
  5. ‘Buru Hallelujah’ is a song of praise to God; singing Hallelujah to God.
  6. ‘Another One’ is a song that praises God for the great things he has been doing. The song acknowledges that whenever we share testimonies of God’s goodness, He does more.
  7. ‘Victorious’ is a groovy song that talks of the fact we are victorious in life because of what Christ did for us (on the cross). The song has this 80’s punk kind of feel.
  8. ‘Onye Eze’ is a beautiful song. As a matter of fact, I would say it’s the best song in the album. The song acknowledges the Holy spirit as the Boss and Leader. The one who leads believers through life here on earth, and whom we ought to follow.
  9. ‘I Cast My Crown’ ft Don Moen is a song of worship to God. The phrase, “anyi na-asi gi I di mma” was repeated several times. And it translates “we testify that You are good”.
  10. ‘Melody’ is a danceable song of praise and gratitude to God. The praises, according to the song, is from a heart of joy.

Strongest points:

  • Great production. This is the strongest point of Melody album. All the tracks in the album are very skillfully and professionally produced. The choice of instruments for the various songs was perfect.
  • Awesome mixing and mastering. This is next to the production of the tracks. The mixing and mastering of the tracks in Melody album were top notch.
  • Great melody/ composing. Another strong point of this album is the melody of the songs. All the songs were composed with beautiful melodies.
  • The Artists featured in tracks 9, 10, and 11 were good. They all ‘know their onions’ and that added spice to the songs in which they were featured.
  • Great backing singers. Not all the songs had backing singers in the album. But the ones that did were beautiful. The backing singers were exceptionally good.

What could have been improved:

  • Honestly, I believe Melody album would have been much better if Frank Edwards had worked with a lyricist in writing the songs. There is no argument about the fact that he is a great composer (the songs already prove that). But most of the songs were filled with common words/ phrases from other popular Nigerian Gospel music. Some of these words/phrases have almost turned to clichés in Nigerian Gospel music industry. And to be honest, their constant repetition is beginning to be a bit of a ‘turn-off’ for people who have good taste in music. So, for subsequent releases, I would suggest he works with a lyricist. He can come up with the basic ideas for the songs and the melodies, but let a professional lyricist help him with the lyrics of the songs.
  • I don’t know if it was done intentionally, but personally, I feel some of the songs in Melody album were too long.

Conclusion:

Melody album by Frank Edwards is a beautiful album. I particularly enjoyed ‘Onye Eze’ more than the rest of the tracks. On a scale of 1 -10, I would rate this album a 7/10.

You can listen to the album yourself on Deezer or Boomplay.

 

 

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