Back with her sophomore album, Ngaiire has put together an eclectic mix of tracks for “Blastoma.” With Paul Mac onboard and a track list of just nine songs, will it deliver the goods?
Let me start with bad news… this is not an album full of bangers. It’s far from it.
Opening track ‘Anchor’ starts things off with promise and ‘House On A Rock’ is enjoyable, but I find that ‘Blastoma’ loses me from there; generic beats and somewhat random arrangements don’t endear themselves to the listener at all.
This style of music doesn’t feel like it suits Ngaiire or her lyrics. For someone who is considered a soulful singer, it feels like she’s following the trend rather than setting her own, as she did on ‘Lamentations’.
That being said, album closer ‘Fall Into My Arms’ shows off Ngaiire’s emotive and powerful vocals in a truly beautiful way. I had chills from the first vocal of the song and it made me long for more of it. This is by far the best song on this album and is worth adding to your playlist.
Had Ngaiire’s passion come through on all the songs like it did on ‘Fall Into My Arms’ I think she’d be onto a winner with ‘Blastoma’. But in the end, it’s a lack of consistency that lets the album down.
VERDICT : 3/5.
MUST LISTEN : Anchor, House On A Rock, Fall Into My Arms.