Today January 23, 2022

Album Review: Intimacy by ‘Believe Over Hope’—An Aftown Original

A contemporary Christian Pop band ‘Believe Over Hope’ led by husband-and-wife duo Professor Richard and Dr.

Sheena Lovia Boateng have dropped a new album titled “Intimacy”.

The new album is a devotional gospel music masterpiece that would resonate and excite the Christian community as well as people from other faiths.

Its lyrical content applies to people from any walk of life and no matter what life views you hold with the album being a musical blend threaded from everything from soul to pop to dance to R&B and beyond.

According to Dr. Sheena, “all our songs are inspired by real-life events and aim to encourage the listener’s faith in God. Intimacy, our seventh album, is a bold and remarkable testimony of their love for God”.

“The songs eagerly encourage the listener to invest richly in their relationship with God and their loved ones, presenting lyrics with a piercing vulnerability that fosters the overall message of intimacy”.

The album starts with a spoken word of introduction, a declaration of the love and faith that the couple share, as they head into the second track “Thank You Sheena”, which continues the theme of

appreciation and thanks over a soulful dance groove.

The third track “Birthday From Heaven” takes a pop stance but one driven by rich, reggaeton-infused vibes. It’s smooth and sassy, full of gorgeous groove and rolling rhythms, lilting along in a way that dares you not to dance and again full of positivity and optimism celebrating both another birthday and the love that the two have for each other.

The fourth track Morning Coffee is a wonderful analogy, alluding to the emotional feelings and experience of waking up next to a loved one being like the joyful awakening that the first caffeine hit of the day delivers.

It is sweet and soulful and, as refreshing as the experience that it sings about, a slow and seductive

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) beat entwining with the layers of vocal harmonies

and electronic washes, it is as modern in its sonic execution as it is timeless

in its message.

It is not until you get to, “I Have Found Jesus” that you are reminded of the devotional nature of this album.

Elucidating the production process, Prof. Richard shares, “In this album, we partnered with the African music streaming platform, Aftown to create and share good and positive music with a diverse, forwarding-looking and culture-redefining signature.

“By the Grace of God, we pen the lyrics of our songs through prayer. Then we select a contemporary musical style and work with producers and seasoned artistes in the UK, USA, Georgia, Germany,

Nigeria and Ghana to create a unique and distinct signature for each song.

However, it has been a process of growth, learning more as we embrace the diversity in God”.

The seventh track, Intimacy, Draw Me To Your Love, is gorgeously slow-burning, the ultimate sonic act of devotion and love, rising up from a graceful neo-soul sound, the song slowly surrounding itself with increasing musical layers, additional instrumentation, rising beats, cocooning itself in swathes of extra harmonies and deftly moving from understatement to anthem over the course of six minutes.

The “You Stole My Diamond” track is a timeless pop-soul track that again rises out of a fairly minimal

place, one where the vocals are the main focal point before things take on a more dramatic tone to match and underline the power of the message, that physical belongings and money pale into insignificance in the face of the love of the Lord.

The album ends with “Lord Please Keep Carrying Me”, perhaps the most traditional set of lyrics found

here and put to a folk-driven sound; acoustic, finger-picked guitars add sublime sounds, their electric cousins add weight, beats drive, and the musical dynamic is allowed to rise and fall to match the power and the poignancy of the lyrics as required. Listen toalbum here:

Source: Ghana News Agency



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