ALBUM REVIEW: Wande Coal – “Wanted”

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Artiste – Wande Coal
Album – Wanted
Guest Appearances – Seyi Law, AKA, Falz, Maleek Berry, Jimmie, 2face Idibia, Burna Boy, Wizkid & King Spesh.
Producers- Sarz, Xela, Maleek Berry, LeriQ, Major Bangz, BeatFreakz, Legendury Beatz & JFem
Record Label – Black Diamond
Entertainment (2015)
Duration – 01:15:32

Saying Wande Coal’s sophomore’s
album was “wanted” had to be a drastic
understatement, so it was a massive and
misleading cause of celebration when
Mr. Coal’s follow-up to the acclaimed
debut “M2M” was no longer a myth, but
a lengthy 23 tracker LP (including 4 skits
and 2 bonus tracks) tagged “Wanted”.
With Don Jazzy no longer in the musical
picture, his absence reflected negatively
on the “fast food” album which was
created during the long wait. Questions
surrounding the absence of an album
after his earth shattering debut further
fueled anticipation for the sophomore
release.
Despite the rare flashes of brilliance
proving that Wande’s instrument is still
intact, “Wanted” shows no artistic
growth and depth, rather it highlights
Wande’s weakness as a poor story teller
and his inability to be creative when
under immense pressure to deliver.
For a more detailed analysis of
“Wanted”, digest the track-to-track
review below.
1. Intro ft. Seyi Law: Top comedian
Seyi Law opens the LP with a very
unnecessary near-funny skit.
2. Adura: Tribal melodies, synths and
Wande Coal’s high pitched
signature vocals officially opens the
musical play “Wanted” with
“Adura”. Wande Coals reflects on
his journey to success and is
thankful for God’s blessings on the
pulsating number; a prefect
appetizer.
3. Superwoman: Produced by Xela,
the silky R&B ballad “Superwoman”
is arguably Wande Coal’s best vocal
performance on a track. Wande
flexes his vocal chords and delivers
very complex vocal acrobatics,
while singing his heart out to his
superwoman, while retaining the
pop sensibilities he is known for.
4. We Ball: Maleek Berry is credited
for producing majority of the
disappointments on “Wanted”, like
the very forgettable Chris Brown
reminiscent “We Ball”.
5. Same Shit ft. AKA: Cut from the
same fabric as “We Ball”, but
tailored by a more experienced
designer. Wande Coal enlists South
African hip-hop titan AKA for the
hip-hop influenced “Same Shit” but
sadly he failed to bring any atom of
magic to the table.
6. Monster: Wande Coal channels his
racy musical persona found in
clubs hits like “Been Long You Saw
Me” and “Go Low”; all thanks to the
fiery instrumentation crafted by
production duo Mutay and Zei
better known as Legendury Beatz.
“Monster” which is arguably the
strong song on the set; will remind
any listener of the “Mushin 2
Mo’Hits” era, when Wande’s music
had that “Don Jazzy touch”.
7. Skit ft. Falz: The skits on the album
were purposeless and expendable
nonetheless Wande ensured we
were tortured, this time by the very
likeable rapper and comic Falz
armed with his spot-on humour.
8. Wanted: The album’s title track
ends up as a gigantic let-down,
despite been the centre piece of the
LP. “Wanted” sounds like Major
Bangz rejected production
originally made for Phyno,
Chindinma or illBliss. That said, we
cannot deny the fact that he is very
wanted.
9. African Lady: When “African
Lady” kicks in, you cannot help but
wonder why the set is jam-packed
with very ordinary fillers.
10. Ashimakpeyin: Wande and Sarz
work very well do deliver a decent
street-hop gem. Side Note: Wande
Coal should have work extensively
with Sarz and Legendury Beatz.
11. Weekend ft. Maleek Berry: Wande
and Berry finally deliver a very
poppy easy-to-digest summer track.
Maleek’s vocals were extremely
refreshing on “Weekend”, it is a
sexy, smooth and easy baby making
number, dedicated to the weekend.
12. Plenty Love: From this land mark,
“Wanted” starts to dip to a realm of
mediocrity and useless fillers. This
commences with the aimless
“Plenty Love”.
13. Skit ft. Iamjimmie: Media
personality, O.A.P, TV host,
presenter and celebrated hype-man
Jimmie introduces Wande Coal’s
album at the thirteenth track?!
What were they smoking? Epic fail!
14. Make You Mine ft. 2face: A Wande
Coal and 2face collaboration is
golden on paper, but “Make You
Mine” is a testimony that not all
that glitters is gold.
15. Lowkey: “Lowkey” is as clichéd, as
cliché gets
16. Iyawo Mi: Produced by Davido’s
“Owo Ni Koko” producer J Fem; the
contemprary high-life “Iyawo Mi”
fails to provoke any deep emotion.
17. Jelly: Guilty pleasure alert! Corny
but goody! “Jelly” is a solid party
bomb, hidden in the final minutes
of “Wanted” waiting to explode.
18. Baby Hello: Baby Hello is an up-
tempo dance number destined to
start a dance bash. Kudos to Maleek
Berry for the production.
19. Wanted (Remix) ft. Burna Boy:
Please why was the original version
of “Wanted” not disposed of &
replaced with this Burna Boy remix
produced by Sarz. Stronger! Better!
Bolder!
20. Kpono ft. Wizkid: Wizkid and
Wande Coal duet on the raunchy
and poppy “Kpono”.
21. Outro ft. King Spesh: Hypeman
King Spesh closes the album with a
very annoying outro, which makes
listeners cringe at the magnitude of
mediocrity.
The bonus tracks “Amorawa” and “My
Way” are gold and should have
centerpieces but were not in action on
the main set simply because of the
misguided A&R direction of the album.

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