Some weeks ago I was privileged to get an invite to 2face’s private album listening party for Ascension. I was only too grateful to honour the event. After the event, I didn’t have a good feeling, but surely, one- frequently interrupted- listen by DJ Willie O wasn’t enough to form an opinion. So as soon as the album was released, I raided the spinlet store. Here’s my take:
Go ft Machel Montano:
Go is Groovy, but overall, rather pedestrian. On this song 2face is gliding away on cliché lyrics and uninspiring rhymes. As usual, I tuned out as soon as I heard “the way you whine”. Such cheesy lyrics are for Kcee and his playgroup. This song did very little to stoke my original excitement about the album. A poor choice for a 2face album opener.
Aproko is a topical song about social media criticism and 2face is not amused. Leriq was good on the production, except that the whole ensemble sounded a tad noisy. All in all, it’s a good song.
Can’t hear you ft Vector:
This beat is banging!!! Nice hiphop tune and Vector did his thing.
The best I can be ft iceberg slim & Rocksteady:
This Is by far my best song off this album. The song is vintage 2face in all his lyrical glory. However, my MVP for this joint is Iceberg Slim. His verse was so good I went in search of his old works. Too dope! He doesn’t wander from the topic and his delivery is perfection. On the other hand, Rocksteady had no business being on this song, his shoddy contribution (freestyle) detracts from the “epicness” of this song.
Let somebody love you ft bridget Kelly:
This is easily the best produced song on the project and was a brilliant choice for a single. Good synergy between both acts. I like!
Kiss of life:
Beautiful song. Weak chorus.
Hate what you do to me:
This is another OK song with an underwhelming chorus.
Confessions ft Rocksteady & Dammy Krane:
I like the retro dancehall vibe of this song. Shout out to Dammy Krane for being the weakest link on the song, I wonder who let that terrible performance slide. Meanwhile, I really want to fall in love with Rocksteady’s part of this song but again, I’m not a fan of unserious (unintelligent freestyle) music. I like to think 2face’s album deserves better than these playful offerings. Just saying.
Close to where you are:
I like this song’s nicely laid out lyrics. On this track 2face sings for the people who are miles apart from their loved ones. Very useful song indeed. I love it!
International loving ft Kim Almarcha:
I don’t know what 2face was trying to achieve with this song, but i think he failed.
Boulay boulay ft shurwayne:
Are you kidding me? next!
Diaspora woman ft Fally ipupa:
I can’t believe this. Next!
This song is just downright prosaic, and beneath 2face, to my mind!
Lesse passé ft Victor Uwaifo:
Why drag a legend into this? This song is too unserious. This song is not good enough for a Tuface album. At best, this idea could have been condensed into a nice skit.
Ife dimma ft Tony Oneweek:
I mean, what serious artiste features Tony Oneweek in this day and era? This is awful.
Not a surprise:
This song is a bad joke and a terrible anti-climax.
The Mob’s Take:
The Ascension in one word? Underwhelming. This album reeks of complacency, mediocrity and a general dip in the level of creativity I have come to expect of a typical Tuface album. The album art/photo, productions, features, songwriting, arrangement, and even mixing are anything but top-notch, and top-notch, is what I expect from 2face. Sadly, on this project, Tuface fails to make the creative leap I was hoping to hear. Ascension, in my estimation, is Tuface’s poorest body of work so far.
Note: The above is my estimation of The Ascension, not 2face. 2face is a LEGEND period. And The Mob’s Take is neither a universal truth nor an expert opinion. It’s just one lonely loner’s personal view, and to be sure, the voice of the MOB, is NOT the voice of God. So feel free to not take my word for it, Cop the album instead.
*Congrats to Tuface on the Ascension’s debut at No 12 on the Billboard World Music Chart. No mean feat at all.