“Once in a Life Time” which is the fourth track in Angelique Kidjo’s new album “Remain in Light” was originally written, performed and released by American rock band, Talking Heads.
A cliché phrase with different interpretations, the lyrics: And you may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house? / And you may ask yourself, Where does that highway go to? / And you may ask yourself, Am I right? Am I wrong? / And you may say yourself, “My God! What have I done?” though relatively deep on the different phases of life events as it unfolds, it is for self-examination, gratitude in all ramifications and systematically inspiring for individuals who against all odds have refused to remain at the corridors of vices that there’s a glimpse of light at the end of the tunnel.
Angelique Kidjo vocal delivery on the creatively mixed Afrobeat, jazz, funk and alternative rock instrumentations is definitely incomparable as the chorus: Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down / Letting the days go by, water flowing underground / Into the blue again after the money’s gone / Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground… is an instant hook.
The visual of “Once in a Life Time” which was directed by Antoine Paley is unusual with Kidjo priding her rich African fabric with light accessories.
The office-like introduction with three personnel in a circle table leaves you wondering to either wait to know what happen next or simply hit the next button. The motion stunt graphics deserve an accolade.
Bringing her rich wealth of experience into her vocals and songwriting which has become Angelique Kidjo priceless asset since departing the musical terminal in the eighties, she has this distinctly irresistible master’s touch of wetting appetite of critics and fans as they always ask for more.