Eva’s debut album 1960 has experienced more delays than an afternoon flight on Arik Air headed for a small city but her Alordians have stood by their woman every step of the way.
Emboldened by their loyalty, the rapper has embarked on one of the most imaginative album rollouts you’re ever going to see for the release of 1960. Rather than just handing the music over to distribution outlets and, with that losing the ability to interact with those fans directly, 1960 was packaged as a 3 part experience – a semi-erotic book, an intimate concert and last but by no means the least, Eva Alordiah’s first studio album.
The album proper is an experience on its own, a collection of deeply personal songs glued together by the occasional interlude that makes them feel like 13 or so successive stories but not stories with a contiguous plot. And what’s the plot? 1960 is a pivotal year for Eva for two reasons – first, that was the year Nigeria gained her independence, and independence and individualism are important themes on the project. Eva’s scattergun raps, mellowed by her trademark dusky flow splattered over a variety of sounds from synth-heavy hip-hop to reggae to lover’s rock to even Afro beat, makes her sound unique. She’s successfully shaken off the Nicki Minaj comparisons that surrounded her at the start of her career, even feeling comfortable enough to name drop the rapper ... Read Full Review