Essentials: Davido delivers 'A Good Time' as promised - The Native

Essentials: Davido delivers ‘A Good Time’ as promised

It speaks to Davido’s cultural impact that he has shaped the last decade of Nigerian music with just the one album out. After scoring several hit singles, featuring on Billboard Hot R&B and selling out shows around the world, we’re finally getting ‘A Good Time’, the followup to his ‘OBO – The Genesis’ debut from 7 years ago.

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A Good Time It’s been a long 7 years. A lot has transpired in my life since my debut album ‘Genesis’, and I, David Adeleke (aka Davido) have gone through a process of immense changes and growth. In sad times I lost close family and friends (RIP) and in my happiest times I’ve created lives (Imade, Hailey & David Jr). I fell in love and got engaged to my PHENOMENAL fiancé, Chioma. I’ve fought battles of all kinds and on all fronts: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional even political. With less than 48 hours left of the 7 year wait for the album of the century; A Good Time reflects on the ability to trust the timing of your life, enjoying the best moments & persevering through the worst ones. There’s no time like the present and it’s A Good Time to be alive, to be a PROUD AFRICAN and to fight for the freedom of one another – in unity. This is my album cover art and it reflects the culmination of my 7 year journey in audio/visual form, I present to you, “A Good Time”. OUT Nov 22!!! #AGoodTime

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Davido’s music was always suited for singles. There’s nothing wrong with that; so much of music is consumed through radio, playlists and club DJ sets and Davido’s impassioned singing never fails to connect with his audience. But when stretched across a 17-track album, the pop star qualities that give his songs staying power are replaced by an even more compelling narrative that humanizes him through his storytelling lyrics.

‘A Good Time’ opens with “Intro” where Davido’s vivid reflections are given life by lush guitar harmonies produced by Kiddominant. “I’m a shooting star in a blockbuster/ I’m a young stunner, Freedom fighter/ So many haters on my Instagram,” he sings while keeping a steady melody over the laidback beat. Having set the premise of the reality that shapes his world view, he returns to the lightweight theme of romance on the second track, “1 Milli”, but continues to allude to the haters while delivering his charming lyrics addressed at his love interest as he sings “Them say we no go last/ Them say na we do pass/ Them dey jealous our love”.

Labelmate, Peruzzi, joins Davido for the catchy “Disturbance” track. The two make a formidable pair over the groovy mix of traditional drums, synths and percussion as they confess their sultry intentions for their muse. Summer Walker also contributes a sultry verse for “D & G”, which finds Atlanta producer, London on da Track trying his hand at an afropop beat with assistance from Kiddominant. The genre-blending is however more cohesive on “Big Picture”, where Dremo, Gunna and A Boogie wit Da Hoodie join Davido in his smooth exercise in translating and flattening his range of influences into a global bop.

Each of the new romantic cuts from the album are just as compelling as early tracks like Popcaan assisted “Risky”, “Blow My Mind” featuring Chris Brown, “If”, “Fall” and “Assurance”—all five land on the album—but they lose some of their gloss when they all run together and are padded out with different versions of the same piano-heavy afropop beats. The album does, however, give Davido room to stretch, relieving him of the pressure to deliver songs that instantly resonate as club bangers. Closing track, “Animashaun” featuring Yonda, for instance, features some of the most introspective lyrics from Davido’s catalogue with every line he lays over the sparkling keys Fresh produced providing a vivid image of Davido’s journey to becoming an internationally recognized pop star.

Stream ‘A Good Time’ below.

Featured Image Credits: Instagram/davidoofficial

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