– THE CORE ALBUM REVIEW Glowreeyah Uncaps The Fragrance Of Jesus
Glowreeyah Braimah is a breath of fresh air and she is still adding colours everywhere her presence is felt. It took 4 years for her sophomore album “The Core” to drop. In between, she has blessed us with beautiful music including “Jehovah,” “Open Heaven,” “Exalted” and “Jesus is Here.” When the album finally dropped, it was a beautiful compensation as Glowreeyah uncaps the pleasing fragrance of Jesus in varying flavours and scents.
Like the name of the album suggests, the album is undoubtedly an outpouring of heartfelt expressions from the core of Glowreeyah’s heart, capturing the core of Abba’s heart. The 15 track album which boasts of production credits from Wilson Joel, Olaitan Dada, Mr. Wols, Mr. Greenwox and Nosa and features Eno Michael, TY Bello, Nosa, Dipo Adeda-Osinloye, Sir Moses Braimah (Glowreeyah Braimah’s Father), is a revelation of God’s purpose, His kingdom and His heart for His people.
Glowreeyah recently released the video for the first track on the album titled “Holy Hallelujah.” She explained that the song was birthed when she was caught up in a celestial atmosphere on April 29, 2019. She captured the surrealism of that vision almost perfectly with the rhythm and melody of the song. The ambiance and mood of the video complemented this as well. You can literally create imagery of yourself joining the angels singing and worshipping before the great white throne. This is as a result of the near-perfect depiction.
The solemn worship of “Emmanuel” is also a reassurance of God’s promise fulfilled in Jesus. It ushers us into the declarative chants of “Open Heavens.” The confident tone of the song is a faith booster and jolts one into the receptiveness of abundance. The video for “Open Heavens” was the second to the last release before the album. The song caught on quickly and became an anthem, with renowned Gospel music ministers rendering covers at concerts.
You know how on the album cover some artistes will highlight the hit-tracks? If Glowreeyah Braimah is to ever make such highlight, then, “Moving Mightily” will definitely make the list. It is worthy to note that the album is a non-skip album. It does not have a weak song but amidst these great songs, “Moving Mightily” peaks… of course with a couple of others. It’s a traditional Folk music with a blend of Highlife, splattered with horns to give it an Afro-Jazzy feel. Glowreeyah has a thing for horns by the way!
“Exalted” is the last single released before the album. It is a soul-stirring song. Glowreeyah uses worship to magnify the listener’s perception of God irrespective of the towering or intimidating challenge. The rhetoric chant at the last phase of the song was definitely birthed by revelation! Glowreeyah posits; “Oh my soul, you must arise and see your God exalted!”
The first Igala song on the album “Ufedo Ojo” features Glowreeyah’s father – Sir Moses Braimah. The song is a reminder of his influence on Glowreeyah’s music and a restoration for both parties, according to Glowreeyah. Definitely another highlight of the album. “Ekene,” rendered in the Igbo dialect features Eno Michael. It is a thanksgiving song; another flavour of the fragrance Glowreeyah uncapped. Similarly, the praise song, “Odumegu Judah” is rendered in the dialect too.
“Jesus is Here” has a beautiful medley towards the end of the song. It recalls Glowreeyah’s mega hit off “The Expression” album – “Miracle Worker” and also mixes the Igbo, Yoruba and Igala dialect in its out-pour of adulation.
Old habit die hard as Glowreeyah calls back her Pop music style on “Colours of Jesus” and “Jehovah.” Recall that some of Glowreeyah’s first hit songs were in the Pop music genre. These include “Turn Around,” and “To My Knees.” “Jehovah” is the first single released off the new album.
The very emotional thanksgiving track “Ojo Chegbe,” is the second Igala song on the album. It is another highlight of the album. It features TY Bello and Nosa; who also, surprisingly earned the production credit on the song. Glowreeyah obtained the chorus from the public domain but her personality is written all over the song. If Glowreeyah chooses to bless us with a video for this track, it wouldn’t be a bad idea.
She rounds off the album with some moral instructions from the humorous “Humility” track that features producer Olaitan Dada of Natialo Production. The 1 minutes and 30 seconds outro, although rendered in English has Igbo roots in its element and composition.
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