Super-songwriter MNEK spreads his wings on solo debut ‘Language’, allowing his personality to shine through on an impeccably-produced album that has its fair share of irresistible pop-dance tracks.
Across streaming platforms, Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike aka MNEK, asks that ‘Language’ be listened to “from start to finish.” Of course, that’s how albums should be listened to anyway, but this one certainly benefits from a front-to-back listen thanks to seamless transitions and a narrative that imitate’s MNEK’s journey out from the shadows of the studio, and into the limelight as a solo artist.
Hues of latin, house and glitch don’t distract from the ‘Language’ that MNEK really speaks - pop. Stronger tunes ‘Correct’, ‘Phone’ and ‘Girlfriend’ will no doubt be plucked from the narrative of the break-up to be played on dancefloors across the UK, thanks to hugely infectious melodies, catchphrases (“stay fabulous, honey”) and endless, blossoming electronic layers.
A producer who’s co-written with and produced stars such as Dua Lipa, Rudimental and MØ, MNEK absolutely knows his way around a pop banger, and it’s his expansive, polished production on more upbeat moments that saves ‘Language’ from falling flat with cliché lyrics and the dreary lament of slower tracks. That, and Emenike’s extraordinary vocals, which surround the listener in velvety tones (‘Body’), perform spine-tingling aerobics (‘Touched By You’) and deliver pleasing pop hooks (‘Phone’).
MNEK’s personality, previously diluted by the artists he worked with, comes through strongly in this string of infectious dance-pop tracks for a lovely end-of-summer going-out soundtrack, polished and produced to perfection.
Words: Jess Atkinson
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