Wande Coal recently released his anticipated sophomore album, Wanted. The title could be considered apt due to the long wait and questions surrounding his musical absence after his groundbreaking début album, Mushin 2 Mo’Hits.
Keeping with the album title that shares ties with law enforcement lingo, Wande and his art team including celebrated photographer August Udoh channel the Ebon Heath-inspired iconic The Notorious B.I.G album cover for Life After Death.
Though the team substitutes the hearse with fast moving vehicles – a Lagosdanfo and an SUV – possibly depicting his story from lack to abundance. Wande in a still position is metaphorical as he stands unperturbed given his ‘wanted’ state by the music community. Unlike the Biggie representation of a man courting death or speaking from the other side, Wande’s Mafioso-style screams, “wanted alive not dead!”
Since Wande’s reappearance on a certain December 6, 2011 with three songs – Go Low, Been Long You Saw Me, and Private Trips – and trending globally on same day, he has gone on to release more than a dozen songs with no album in sight. Some questioned his commitment to his business, tagging his work ethics lazy and unprofessional. But one can’t divorce the crisis that hit Mo’Hits Records from the delay in M2M’s follow-up.
Wanted contains 21 songs with bonus ones; with the length of the project, similar to a standard edition of an Alaba DJ mix, excitement stretches an already short attention span and utterly fails. It opens rather uneventfully with a bore of an intro by comedian Seyi Law then segues into Adura, a gospel-themed song, perhaps an ode to his church upbringing. Adura reuses the template for Se Ope off M2M. In an attempt to redeem the lost one minute eight seconds spent on the intro, Wande literally takes it to church. Adura surely will get feet moving and hands thrown without abandon in the air on a Sunday and any day dedicated to thanks.
Superwoman enters the mix, not in a cape or spandex, but in the colour of Xela- the one responsible for BlackMagic’s Repete. Wande Coal’s falsetto trills about his love interest: “And I don’t ever wanna see you cry, baby/And I don’t ever wanna see you go/And I don’t ever wanna see you sad…Superwoman.”
Wande promises to give her ‘anything’ and grant her wishes like the mythical genie; he gets his R&B lint well-tailored for this outing. He impresses his request and pleas for any lady to wrap her tender arms around his large figure. This isn’t all filled with stars but makes the best of the moment granted
Ask me one on one.