By Emma Tallest
Davido, the self-acclaimed Omo Baba Olowo (Son of a rich man) released his third studio album on November 13, the second project in 11 months, same number of tracks like his sophomore.
The new project A Better Time was crafted during the lockdown, like everyone else, Davido was stuck at home, with music becoming his coping mechanism, alongside his frequent producers, the father of Ifeanyi recorded over dozens of songs.
Running over 55 minutes with the Amapiano inspired tributary “I got a friend” being the longest at (4:38), ABT run on merriment with Davido becoming the bon vivant, there were splash, of love, denial and heartbreak too, however, the party groove stood out.
The End Sars unofficial song opened the corpus, over a deafening trumpet and soft drums, Davido dissed his arch-rival “Burna Boy”.
Jowo and Something fishy both shared the same theme, on Jowo, there was a desperate urge for reciprocation of love and care.
Adekunle Gold would be jealous with the instrumental of something fishy, this was his forte in 2015/2016. The song was a sequel to the Jowo story, no wonder they followed one another.
On A Better Time, Davido experimented with different sounds with Amapiano snapping up three tracks, however, he got drowned in some collaborations, the 1990 hip-hop beat remake ” Birthday Cake” comes to mind, NAS owned the track, no cap.
Lil Baby and Nicki Minaj verses would have been better off this album. Chris Brown delivered on his part, can their camaraderie be responsible for this?
His lost soldiers and Nigerian businessmen got a shout out on I Got A friend, too long a name for a track. It would have been better-titled Friend and for record purpose, Mayorkun added nothing to that track, Sho Madjozi was the star actor.
A better time is the continuation of A Good time, with Davido trying his hand on an uncharted sound, the beats picked were not the best. 17 tracks were too much. Like earlier stated, a lot of the features were needless.
The sequencing deserves commendation, the story flows, you are not left in the dark, even if you get left behind, you would still be able to find your way.
Kudos to Davido for giving us a potential playlist for detty December even though the futuristic potential of it remains in skepticism.