Is Anloga Junction Stonebwoy’s most innovative album?

Is Anloga Junction Stonebwoy’s most innovative album?

Three songs in, the thesis of Anloga Junction—Stonebwoy’s new LP, which arrived April 24, three years after Epistles of Mama, his voluminous last collection—comes into sharp focus: he’s a country boy with the benefit of world travel. The album is a representation of this vantage point.


It is one thing to christen a project, another for the songs to truly manifest its title. African pop has long been plagued by album names that bear no correlation to the songs they house. Stonebwoy himself has, at least on one occasion, been culpable of this.

This problem likely stems from the culture of impetuously amassing singles and then shoving them under an ornamental rubric once the artist feels compelled to release a collection.

It is a relief, therefore, that Anloga Junction adds to albums truly worthy of their name.

Next point: the sonic synthesis dispensed on the new, fifteen-tracker is overwhelmingly toothsome, worthwhile, and yet, unsurprising. Musical enmeshments are hardly a new attribute about the BHIM Nation honcho. They are primary to his style. He’s always been modern in that way. Thus, Anloga Junction is not the prodigious new product it was advertised as—not in its entirety, anyway. Rather, could it be a sister LP to Epistles of Mama, only in fewer songs and a smaller guest list?

It listens as an obvious perpetuation of Stonebwoy’s quest to prove himself a global brand, another opportunity to brandish achievements: the first Ghanaian to do this, the only Ghanaian to do that, the one Ghanaian deserving of laurel X.

It doesn’t take from its prognosis as the biggest album of the year. Stonebwoy is among the country’s top 3 musicians (the stage names of the two others begin with the same initial as his. They are also conspicuously absent from the project). Add that to the fact that the other two S’s released albums just last year, so are unlikely to release new LPs this year, and the prophecy is but a simple observation. Anloga Junction subsumes all other 2020 releases.