August Alsina "Testimony"
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On Tuesday April 15, 2014, New Orleans singer August Alsina dropped his first album titled Testimony. Because I have his mixtape and love every song on the mixtape, I naturally thought I would love the album just the same. Sadly, this was not the case. The first song on the album, "Testify" is quite boring. In the song, Alsina notes the death of his brother, an event which fueled his desire to pursue his dreams, as well as wealth in all forms. This song is mainly about his life in New Orleans before he became a famous singer. We have heard this tons of times prior to the album's release in numerous interviews. I really could have done without this track. This is one that I will not be listening to.
To me, this album is mediocre. I like albums that I can listen straight through and not feel compelled to skip a song. I skipped about 5 tracks total with this album. Not bad, but not so good either. As a fan of August I was expecting more from this LP. Then again, it is only his first album; there is always room for improvement. Please don't think I hate the album! There are a few tracks that I will bump in the car and around the house. My favorite one so far is "Make it Home" Feat. Young Jeezy. With this song, he imagines consequences of a deal gone wrong and gives instructions on what to do if he doesn't make it home. “Take some money to my sister / I don’t ever want her chasin’ after niggas,” he says. I love this song. Some of the other tracks that I fell in love with included Ghetto, Grind & Pray/ Get your Money, and Kissing on my Tattoos.
Overall, August Alsina offers honesty about his life in his music. He’s not afraid to rejoice in his accomplishments nor speak on past mistakes. I can honestly say that August found a balance between sex, love, and "ratchetness" on this album. Testimony may have to grow on me over time, but for now it is not one of my favorites. If you have heard his album, please comment your thoughts below. Let's talk about it.
"Testimony" is out in stores now. It is also available on ITunes and Amazon.
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