Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New style on Akon Freedom?

Akon Freedom - The sound changes

Following his two first albums, "Trouble" and "Konvict", Akon may be going for a musical makeover on his new album Freedom. Freedom was, as you probably know, going to be released on November 25. Not long ago however, Akon himself announced that the date had been set to December 2. Akon's Freedom may, according to himself, be going in a slightly different musical direction.

We all know Akon best from the style and sound he has been broadcasting on his top selling album Konvict. Now, he may be changing gears to maintain at the top of the lists. In an interview with Billboard he said "Everyone has adapted to the Konvict' sound already, so we had to switch it up. Now we're bringing the whole Euro-club sound. That's where we're headed with it." It will be interesting to hear what it is he actually means, and if the Akon Freedom sound will be that different from his earlier productions.

Akon has actually given us a little pre-taste from his album with the two singles already released. While his first single from Freedom, "Right now", is in some way typical of Akon, it also shows that he has adapted some new style and techniques. The sound of "Right now" is more synth driven than has been his style on the former albums. It has a more techno/dance-feel to it, so the comparision to the Euro-club scene is certainly understandable. "Right now" from Akon Freedom, is already a hit on the charts, and is of course available for purchase.

For the full track list see Akon Freedom tracklist

The big question now is how his fans will welcome the new sound. Right now he is one of the biggest rap/hip-hop characters out there, with a huge number of followers. With the new style, Akon's Freedom stands to be the album that can make or break Akon as on of the real stars of the rap-circus. If he is successful, he has shown that he is able to renew himself to adapt to the market. Akon Freedom will certainly be an exciting album.

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Akon's Freedom is available for pre ordering through this site now.

Update: Akon's two first albums, Trouble and Konvict, is also avaliable through this site.

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