Lindsey Abudei has existed on the fringes of Nigerian mainstream music, an alternative singer with a silken voice and a gift for drawing emotion out of the tiniest notes. While she’d made music on and off since 2011 and even been nominated internationally for her songwriting work (the Prix de Courverts in 2013), she didn’t really make a dent in Nigerian music till 2015 with her video for the album’s first single ‘Out The Magazine’ directed by Kemi Adetiba and featuring choreography by Paolo Sisiano. The song garnered nominations across the board and had many eager for a full-length album.
July 5th 2016, Abudei pulls a Beyonce, announcing her debut album ‘And the Bass is Queen’ a phrase we suspect reference the ability of bass guitarists to ground even the most discordant of songs. With chess analogies and a contender for this year’s best Nigerian album cover, we knew we were in for a treat. We just didn’t realize how much of a treat we were in for.
While Abudei takes a calculated gamble in describing the album as R&B/Soul, And The Bass is Queen is an album that cannot be hedged. With elements ranging from pop-rock, neo-soul and balladry the 12 track album takes us through the wringer and lets us out 50 minutes later, worn, elated and thoroughly sated.
It is somewhat intriguing that the strongest musical influence on this album is Nigerian legend Sade Adu, mi ... Read Full Review