Darey dropped his new album, cleverly called Double Dare as it was a double disc album with two parts. One named Heart and the other, Beat. Heart consisted of the slow jams and romantic ballads while Beat had the up-tempo, party jams and had most of the singles that had been released.
Now I should tell you that I have heard every song of Darey’s starting from his first single “Not the girl” and I just never quite warmed up to him. Personally, I thought “Not the girl” was a fantastic song but didn’t suit Darey’s classical tone. As I heard more songs, I realized that I could not define a “Darey sound”. He sounded different in every song as if he was trying to find his sound. Why am I telling you this? Because I was looking forward to listening to this album and hoping it would change my mind about Darey. I really really wanted to like this album but sadly for me I have to say it fell short.
I will start with Beat, because that was what I heard first. Beat started out on a promising note seeing as the first single was “The way you are” which I absolutely adore and is my favorite song on the album. As the album progressed, I felt a bit of confusion because even though the songs were decent enough, it all still sounded a bit all over the place. Basically there was no cohesiveness to “Beat”.
“Pillow”’s beat, if you listen carefully had a familiar of Barbadian singer Shontelle’s “Impossible”. “Back to Sender” I thought was not a good fit for Timaya. Part of producing an album is knowing what song fits an artist and I just didn’t think the combination of the song style, Timaya and Darey was a good fit. I will admit that I liked “Belly” but by the last track which was “Style by Style” remix, it was the perfect song to describe how I felt about Beat. See the song starts out okay but by the time it gets to featured artist Jesse Jagz’s part, it sounded like a completely different song and was once again, all over the place.
On to Heart; I thought this was a better attempt at cohesiveness than Beat. I still thought the songs were just okay but at least, the songs still sounded like they were meant to be together. “Sisi Eko” had this laid back, old school vibe to it. The vocal arrangement for his version of the classic “Sweet Mother” did not work for me and its always disappointing when a remake doesn’t do a classic justice. “Stroke me” for some reason has always given me the creeps lol . “Never say never” had VERY faint hints of Aaliyah’s “Rock the boat”. Overall, the songs on Heart were sweet.
So, Double Dare as a whole didn’t change my mind about Darey. I really actually see his vision and they are good ones, it just never pans out the way it is and to me it’s because he hasn’t found that place where he wants to be musically. I think there is a difference between being diverse and having your own sound. When I hear “Ba Ni Ki Di” then “The way you are” and then “Stroke me”, I don’t have a sense of his sound. I think sticking to more songs like the ones on Beat will be a good look for him. I don’t think the album was terrible, but it was forgettable. It’s like “filler music” where at the moment you enjoy it but you get tired of it quickly and it’s just not the type of album that you’re like “man, I have to listen to this again”. I hope I wasn’t too harsh, but this was just an honest assessment of what I thought of his album, so feel free to mention what you thought.
Overall Grade: 6/10
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