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T.Y Bello - Greenland
After her departure from Kush and her foray into photography, everybody thought that we had heard the last of T.Y Bello’s deep, sultry voice – at least on a record. T.Y Bello has proved us wrong with Greenland – a deep gospel album delivered in a variety of moods and styles.
T.Y has a voice that wins, so even if she was singing the national anthem, she would probably shine, but T.Y doesn’t take this for granted, she is still able to pump dept into her themes and versatility into her style, she is able to fuse soul, jazz and hip hop in her style and use an assortment of beats; from an almost intense hip hop feel on ‘Freedom’ to a very jazzy feel on ‘Vital Voice’, keeping her audience alive, awake and glued through this 15 track album.
T.Y is gospel but she isn’t recycling overused praise choruses, instead she is bringing a fresh sound to the genre. With the title track and the lead single ‘Greenland’, T.Y uses a happy beat, with piano fugues , flute loops and a contagious clap to create a party-praise track that would get any choir green with envy. On ‘Your Day’, T.Y uses an almost raw hip hop beat with random drum collages to prepare a very tasteful moment, another moment anybody could dance to or simply appreciate. With ‘Supernatural’ T.Y delivers another phenomenal moment; a catchy chorus, a thumping bass line and vocals that are totally convincing without sounding at all impassioned.
Even where T.Y abandons her contagious hippy beats for a more conservative feel, she is still able to mesmerize. On the mostly Yoruba language ‘Funmise’ she blends a traditional sound with some jazzy esthetics. ‘This Man’, a God love song is a beautiful moment and ‘Beautiful’ is another appreciated moment.
There really isn’t any dull moment with Greenland, there is a brief skit that really isn’t necessary and the last track ‘Ekundayo’ really feels like the end of greatness, its somber and feels like something done just to fill in for studio time, besides this, T.Y Bello makes the picture perfect album.Save to del.icio.us