Concrete Jungle

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  • Summary: Nneka's first US release is an inspirational mix of love, hope, optimism, and 21st-century soul music.
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  1. A dense yet buoyant mixture of hip-hop beats, reggae grooves, African-pop riffs and future-soul vocals, "Concrete Jungle" (which culls tracks from Nneka's previous European releases) does, in fact, echo "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill."
  2. The album is both affirmative and entertaining, addressing themes of political upheaval, reconciliation and the ignorance that so often comes with privilege.
  3. There are so many pristine components here; each of them the building blocks of an amazing performer with a concentric gift of a future. With my defenses down, hands down, Concrete Jungle is one of the most impressive releases of the year.
  4. By the time the political party concludes with religious/romantic closer "God of Mercy," Nneka's evocative rhymes and miasmic tones make clear her outsize talent has small use for earthly boundaries.
  5. She's clearly listened to Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, but the production on Concrete Jungle, by DJ Farhot, is both inventive and inviting.
  6. 60
    Her rhyming ability is versatile yet non-braggadocios. And it is these ingredients that gives the music world a fresh yet veteran voice.
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