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A BETTER TIME is Davido’s latest project and it comes hot on the heels of his A Good Time. As with any of his releases, it’s a polarizing body of work.
While we are reminded of Davido’s place in the music industry, we also are reminded of the limitations to his artistry.
Davido is a well respected artist in the music industry, a global superstar in his own right. As is customary with any artist who has established a name and a brand for themself, they become more conscious of legacy.
His honesty is his most endearing trait and it is reflective of the kind of music he puts out.
Fem, one of the biggest single out of the album which gained its first wave from the Burna Boy diss, gained another wave after becoming the unconscious anthem for the #Endsars protest in Nigeria, becomes the album opener.
The album is centred around the themes of love, appreciation for his partner, Chioma Rowland, and some serious flex. Other than Chioma being his muse, he features Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, Young Thug, Sauti Sol, Mayorkun, Ckay, Mugeez, Chris Brown, Hitboy, Nas, Sho Madjozi, and Bella Shmurda.
New mother Nicki Minaj on Holy ground gives a laid back performance as Davido is waxing praises about the beauty of Chioma Rowland.
On Sunlight, Davido sings, “Gyal I’m beggin’, please. Just give me one tease of your na…”. He praises his woman, comparing her beauty to sunlight. Most definitely referring to Chioma here also. CKay nailed the ad-libs.
The Best featuring Mayorkun is unofficially the best song on the album, we just cannot get enough of hearing “gege”.
Speaking of flex, Shopping Spree is alsonone of the best songs on this album. It projects the affluent lifestyle. Young Thug, as usual, delivers on this track and this is one the few tracks with some promise of being an international hit.
Not all the songs or features hit home but they show his appeal as an international artist. The album is too long with some filler songs. This gives the album a feel of inconsistency. Though Davido may not be the greatest lyricist, he is a sure hitmaker.
One thing consistent throughout this body of work is an infectious good vibe. In the year 2020, where the feel-good moments are at a premium, this is a welcome relief musically. The album is a 6.4/10.