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Adekunle Gold “Tequila Ever After” Album Review

A Dive Into The Afro-Pop Sensation's Latest Album And Its Resounding Impact

Tequila Ever After

Adekunle Gold

  • Genre: Afro-Pop
  • Date: 28 Jul, 2023
  • Content: Not-explicit
  • Region: NGA
  • Track(s): 18
  • ℗ 2023 Def Jam Recordings, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Adekunle Gold has launched his fifth studio album, “Tequila Ever After”. The talented singer has produced four exceptional albums since his debut with “Gold” in 2017. For those curious about the inspiration behind the album’s name and the “Tio Tequila” trend, Adekunle Gold shared that it all began when he had his first taste of Tequila. He was moved by the serene, relaxed, and summery sensation he encountered, which led to the creation of a song and, ultimately, the entire era.

Adekunle, the talented Nigerian artist, has recently unveiled his latest musical project – a full-length album with 18 tracks. This album is a highly anticipated sequel to his previously released EP, Tio Tequila, which served as a teaser for what was to come. Adekunle has worked tirelessly to create a truly exceptional musical experience for his fans; this album is the culmination of that effort. One of the most exciting aspects of this album is the impressive list of featured artists that Adekunle has collaborated with. These include legendary musicians such as Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, as well as famous Nigerian artist ODUMODUBLVCK and Adekunle’s talented wife, Simi. This diverse group of artists has created a musical masterpiece that will captivate audiences locally and internationally. He has worked hard to create an album worthy of recognition from everyone, and he is confident that his fans will appreciate the effort he has put into this project. With its mix of stunning vocals, unforgettable melodies, and powerful lyrics, this album is sure to be a hit with music lovers around the world.

Adekunle Gold released his album and will kick off a North American tour on 22 Sept at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas. The tour, comprising 17 dates, will take him to major cities such as Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, and Los Angeles, where he will deliver an unforgettable live music experience to his fans.

Album Art

Adekunle Gold &Quot;Tequila Ever After&Quot; Album Review, Yours Truly, Reviews, April 13, 2024

The album art features Tio Tequila in a serene pose amidst abundant greenery and natural scenery. In his Tio season, he’s moving towards a transition from being a Superstar to a Rock star. It captures the essence of Adekunle Gold’s evolution as an artist, symbolizing his journey towards a new musical direction. The serene pose amidst the lush greenery and natural scenery reflects his desire to embrace a more grounded and authentic persona as he transitions from the realm of a Superstar to that of a Rock star.

Tracks And Features

The album’s opener, “Chasing Peace Of Mind”, which had a snippet shared on social media by the superstar features Ami Faku and Habib Koite, is a beautifully well-crafted piece that blends melody with professional creativity and deep lyrics. Themes of Gratitude, Self-Love, and appreciation for one’s life journeys are prominent in almost every line of the songs, and the artistic versatility of the African stars is on display.

“Party No Dey Stop”, one of the album’s standout tracks, features the incredibly talented Zinoleesky and right from the day it was released as a single to date, the track continues to be a fan-favourite and why not! From the productions to the delivery and artistic complementation of both acts, the song, Party No Dey Stop, remains one of Adekunle’s best works.

“Soro,” “Tio Baby”, and “Ogranya” shows the new AG Baby side that fans should be expectant as the superstar makes his seamless transition to Rock Star Mode even with the inclusion of Afro-Carribean feel to his sound. He is in his “Just Flex” Mode as he continues to appreciate his rise, and there’s some bragging in the lyrics but why not? His creativity as an artist continues evolving, and he doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. AG Baby for a reason. A remarkable song from the album “Ogaranya” came out with a lively music video directed by Director K in partnership with PriorGold Pictures. Along with other tracks on the album, the song displays Gold’s talent in crafting elaborate narratives with his lyrics, complemented by captivating melodies.

One of the raves of the moment, OdumoduBlvk, answer present on the track “Wrong Person.” And as expected of this track, it is pure fire. Adekunle has a word for his detractors, and it is only fitting that Ekelebe Stunner drops a verse on this bopping track. Adekunle says, “He’s gentle, but You’re messing with the Wrong person if you take him for granted.” With his smooth vocals and clever wordplay, OdumoduBlvk adds an electrifying energy to “Wrong Person.” The collaboration between Adekunle and Ekelebe Stunner further amplifies the message, showcasing their undeniable talent and solidifying their status in the music industry.

On “Sisi Ganja,” Adekunle is in “Loverboy Thug” mode and lays it bare while telling this significant other that he is in Love. On “Make It Easy,” the flavorful singer Coco Jones enters. Her verse is incredible, and her chorus melodies and vocal arrangement are masterfully composed. This song is perfect for couples to groove to because it has prominent themes of Love and relationships and subtly sexual undertones. The combination of Adekunle’s raw emotions and Coco Jones’ powerful vocals create a captivating dynamic that draws listeners in. “Make It Easy” showcases their undeniable chemistry and adds an extra layer of depth to the song’s overall message. With its catchy beats and sensual lyrics, this track will become a favourite among music enthusiasts looking for a sultry and romantic vibe.

“Look What You Made Me Do” features Mrs Kososko -Yeah, Simi. The duo combine to create another powerful Afropop ballad with sharp-edged lyrics, and there’s a depth in the lyrics as romance and surrender to Love are evident in the songs. This is another fire track on the album.

In “Omo Eko,” AG Baby pays tribute to his Lagos ancestry while delivering this track for the community. As he enthrals his listeners with superb vocals and a theme that strongly emphasizes self-contentment, AG rides the Amapiano wave from beginning to end. The fusion of AG Baby’s soulful voice with the infectious Amapiano beats creates an irresistible and uplifting atmosphere. Through “Omo Eko,” he celebrates his Lagos roots and invites everyone to embrace their heritage and find joy in being true to themselves.

Although “Come Back To Me” by Khalid and AG Baby is another excellent collaboration on the album, it falls short of many people’s expectations for the two vocal powerhouses. Maybe the music was the problem, not the vocals. The lyrics, which depict a lover who misses their ex, have themes of love loss and unrequited emotions, as well as relationships and their antics. The song’s production, however, lacks the same level of innovation and catchiness as some of their previous works. Despite this, Khalid and AG Baby’s vocal performances still shine through, showcasing their undeniable talent and chemistry. Overall, while “Come Back To Me” may not reach the same heights as anticipated, it still captures the essence of heartfelt emotions and showcases the artists’ vocal prowess.

Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers are featured in “Falling Up,” another standout track on the album. This song gives afrobeats an EDM vibe, and AG Baby delivers. The chants in the background are pretty melodic and catchy. In his verse, Pharell preaches the importance of “not giving up,” the song’s energy makes it almost sound like a world cup anthem. The fusion of afrobeats and EDM in “Falling Up” showcases AG Baby’s versatility as an artist. The song’s infectious energy, combined with Pharell’s uplifting message, creates a powerful and motivational listening experience that resonates with listeners worldwide.

The album’s listening journey concludes with “All My Life,” what a rollercoaster ride of vocal aesthetics, fantastic vocalizations, and delivery. Adekunle performs a song for his lover in which he assures her that he still loves and always will. The song has a catchy chorus, and AG closes the album by reminding fans why they first fell in love with him. With heartfelt lyrics and a soulful melody, “All My Life” showcases Adekunle’s ability to captivate listeners with his emotional range. The track is a testament to his growth as an artist, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what he has in store for the future. As the final track on the album, it leaves a lasting impression and solidifies Adekunle Gold’s position as a true musical talent.

Tracklist

NO TITLE ARTIST TIME
1 Chasing Peace Of Mind Adekunle Gold, Habib Koité & Ami Faku 3:27
2 Party No Dey Stop Adekunle Gold & Zinoleesky 2:48
3 Soro Adekunle Gold 2:42
4 Tio Baby Adekunle Gold 2:19
5 Ogaranya Adekunle Gold 2:48
6 Wrong Person Adekunle Gold & ODUMODUBLVCK 2:43
7 Don’t Be A Baby Adekunle Gold 2:28
8 Do You Mind? Adekunle Gold 2:27
9 Sisi Ganja Adekunle Gold 2:23
10 Make It Easy Adekunle Gold & Coco Jones 3:19
11 Not My Problem Adekunle Gold 2:51
12 Kere Adekunle Gold 2:40
13 Look What You Made Me Do Adekunle Gold & Simi 2:54
14 Omo Eko Adekunle Gold 2:33
15 Come Back To Me Adekunle Gold & Khalid 2:45
16 Falling Up Adekunle Gold, Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers 3:19
17 To My Own Adekunle Gold 3:06
18 All My Life Adekunle Gold 2:42

Album Summary

“Tequila Ever After” takes listeners on a musical journey that reflects Adekunle Gold’s personal experiences, admiration for African melodies, and artistic growth. The album’s increasing popularity on the airwaves is a testament to Gold’s unparalleled talent and unwavering dedication to his craft. The album seamlessly blends Afrobeat, highlife, and pop music elements, creating a unique and captivating sound that resonates with listeners from all walks of life. With its infectious hooks and heartfelt lyrics, “Tequila Ever After” has solidified Adekunle Gold as one of the industry’s most exciting and innovative artists today.

Adekunle Gold effortlessly blends genres with each track and showcases his versatility as an artist. The album’s unique sound and heartfelt lyrics resonate with listeners, making it a standout in the music industry.

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