Review: Angel – ‘About Time’
There we all were, sat neatly in rows at a cinema tucked away in The Mayfair Hotel with popcorn, chocolate and drinks at the ready. Although the venue suggested something otherwise, this particular premiere had nothing to do with the latest blockbuster; instead we were gathered there to listen to British singer Angel's debut album 'About Time'…
As the lights dimmed over the audience that consisted of some of Britain's finest urban chart-toppers, including Wretch 32, Tinchy Stryder and StooShe, I had no clue what was going to appear on the silver screen. It was the first time most of us had heard of an artist creating videos for every single track on their album, and even if they did, would the hard-work, money and time needed for such an extravagance be worth it anyway?
Well, apparently Angel thought so, and his judgement wasn't wrong. Each track boasted visuals that complimented the theme of the lyrics and the 25-year-old deserves kudos for his attention to detail.
The intro 'Seven O' Ten' set everybody up for the "movie" experience as George The Poet recited a poem that included the line: "People mistake the cost of things for the value of things," leading us into a scene from the cult-classic gangster movie Paid In Full, which is also the namesake of the album's first track.
Laced over images from Biggie Small’s biopic 'Notorious', the song ticks all the boxes for a good r&b hip-hop club-banger, with an unrelenting baseline and drum kicks that demanded most of us to head-nod unison.
Other party tracks that had the crowd two-stepping in their seats was Angel's self-produced song 'More Fire' featuring Shakka, the feel-good song 'Victory' and 'Vegas'.
Angel's stand-out moments come during his smooth vocal performances on love songs such as 'Go' and 'Sober', which is sure to appeal to his female fans.
Words: Akilah Russell (@akilahrussell)