Take Out ‘Fall’, ‘If’, ‘Assurance’, ‘A Good Time’ Album By Davido Is Bang Average

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Artiste – Davido

Album – A Good Time

Features – Yonda, Dremo, Summer Walker, Peruzzi, Chris Brown, Popcaan, Gunna, A Boogie With The Hat, WurlD, Naira Marley and Zlatan.

Record Label – Sony Music, Columbia Records, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW)  (2019)

Duration –  17 Tracks, (Approx. 56 Minutes). 

It has been 7 long years since Davido dropped his debut album Omo Baba Olowo: The Genesis. In 2016 after he was snapped up by Sony Music, Davido released a mildly received EP titled ‘Son Of Mercy’. 

Even with massive hit singles after his debut album, fans critics and the whole music industry has waited a long time for his second studio album. A lot had transpired in those 7 years and the singer decided to name his album ‘A Good Time’ a reflection of where he is at the moment. 

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Some of his trusted people worked on this album. The album cover art is commendable as Davido shares a moment with his big family on the cover. The cover art is beautiful, what about the content? 

Let’s find out in this review below! 

Intro: Davido welcomes listeners with a very conscious tune with his intro track. The musician manages to be braggadocious, politically conscious and indigenously eccentric on his album opener. You need to pay good attention to the gems he littered on this record. The ‘Intro’ should be his best effort ever in terms of doing conscious music. 

1 Milli: Are you in search of a new tune to play or dance to at that upcoming wedding? You just found the one with ‘1 Milli’. The instrumentation on this piece is super duper and would easily make you make you hit the repeat button before getting to listen to other tracks. Just as you would have already known the beautiful lyrics has Adekunle Gold playing major key and it’s beautiful. That outro was mad! 

Check Am: The groove from ‘1 Milli’ takes a little deep on the next track. Mainly because Davido couldn’t match the better lyrics from the previous track here. The lyrics here are very redundant and uninspiring, solid production but that couldn’t help out much. One of those tracks you might probably skkkkkip. 

Disturbance: Here comes the first collaboration on the album, it’s a usual one. Again, Peruzzi joins his boss on ‘Disturbance’, some energy is restored here. There is something that feels good when the DMW boss sings ‘passionately’ like he’s about to snap. That felt good, the chorus was easy to sing along. It stayed a while in my head. Probably Davido and Peruzzi can actually give fans an actually joint project and stop the flirting. 

Disturbance: Here comes the first collaboration on the album, it’s a usual one. Again, Peruzzi joins his boss on ‘Disturbance’, some energy is restored here. There is something that feels good when the DMW boss sings ‘passionately’ like he’s about to snap. That felt good, the chorus was easy to sing along. It stayed a while in my head. Probably Davido and Peruzzi can actually give fans an actually joint project and stop the flirting. 

If: No long exaltation about this joint, it was released in 2017 and it banged.  Two years later it still bangs major shout out to Tekno. 

D&G: The first ‘international’ collaboration, on the project with American singer Summer Walker. It came with high expectations but failed to live up to the hype. The track is really just there production-wise and lyrically no big moment. 

Get To You: If there is anything that Davido is known best for, it is his ability to give a push even when the odds aren’t in his favour. The musician went full-fledged ‘RnB’ on us, we should have seen it coming from ‘D&G’. The ‘RnB’ thing ain’t his forte hence it was an uphill task and very exhausting on both the singer and listener. 

Risky: Tracks ‘D&G’, ‘Get To You’ more or less slowed down the inner ginger but thanks to ‘Risky‘ the slumber was knocked out. The energy level changed on ‘Risky’ as ginger is restored through the Speroach reworked freestyle. Another familiar hit off the album, *hits repeat button twice*. 

Sweet In The Middle: Shizzi’s signature tune introduces this track starring Naira Marley, WurlD, Zlatan. This is one of the tracks that comes out exactly opposite of what you expected. You would expect some fire jam you can lavish your Zanku or Gbeku skills on. These artistes went soft, they served red wine instead of ‘ogogoro’ or ‘kai kai’. Not a bad jam at all, it’s just that I really wanted ‘ogogoro’. 

Fall: Another familiar hit track is served. ‘Fall’ has been the biggest song yet in Davido’s music career. The numbers don’t lie. It’s a classic almost untouchable. 

Green Light Riddim: In some explicit lyrics Davido explains what he wants to do to his love interest pending when she flashes the green light. This song really got potential however, the singer couldn’t boss up the track as justice demands. Some intangible groove was unavoidably absent. New terrains perhaps??? 

Big Picture: Too many screams of ‘big picture’ raised an ugly head here. It was kind of distracting and seemingly incoherent with the entire song. The featured artistes really did not bring any magic on the record. This entire track should have been yanked off the album. Somehow Dremo found a way to shine brighter than every other human being on the song. 

One Thing: is a song that probably confuses the listener if he is listening to an ‘Afrobeat’ tune or ‘RnB’. The intro sets you up for something of the Fela-esque type of music but does not quite satisfy. Once again it switches to ‘RnB’ and then you hear some Fela kind of vibe at that point where he sings ‘wetin Instablog want talk again’. You should be happy if you made it to the end of this track without hitting boredom. 

Assurance: We already know the gist behind this tune. If you’re reading this line remember ‘love is sweet o, but when money enter love is sweeter’. 

Blow My Mind: Top tune, great lyrics, amazing visuals. You probably heard it first as a single and you love it. 

Company: Davido brings more love with a handful of naughtiness to his penultimate track on the ‘A Good Time’. He is trying to get it done just as quickly as possible with the help of liquor in the system. The singer doesn’t hold back on his language as he again keeps it bare and explicit.  

Animashaun: signing out the album is ‘Animashaun’ with Yonda. It’s almost as if the featured artiste owned the song as he sounds like prime 9ice. Davido keeps it level with Yonda as he unleashes his dialect in copious amounts too. A warm song to sign off the experience with. 

Take away familiar hits ‘Fall’, ‘If’, ‘Assurance’, ‘Risky’ and ‘Blow My Mind’ the rest of the album sounds bang average. ‘1 Milli’ would find a way to become the new hit off the ‘A Good Time’ album with good promo, a personal favourite. 

The feeling of listening to the album is like that of a physics wave motion. You’re up and then down on the next track, back up again and go down on the next. The popular tracks were strategically placed to keep interest alive as you listen to ‘A Good Time’. Davido tried very hard to get the ‘RnB’ thing right but he just might have to try harder or stop it all. 

No doubt production on the album seems fantastic but the singer couldn’t handle it so well.  After seven years of waiting for a sophomore album from Davido this is not really what you would expect.

However, this is a good one for the album culture.  

Rating: 6/10

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah, If, Assurance and risky were the hit single in the album. I think it was a deliberate move to release them as singles first, then add it in the album. But Nigerians didn’t appreciate it that way.

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