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Album Review : Twice as Tall – Burna Boy

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Burna Boy’s new album ‘Twice as Tall’ with guest appearances from a number of music legends and icons, including the legendary Senegalese Youssou N’Dour, is a pure, unapologetic African body of work, as it boasts of a global contemporary sound that is for everyone.

While this album is believed to be pure, unapologetic African body of work, it boasts of a global contemporary sound that is for everyone. With the first single from the album, ‘Wonderful’ garnering widespread acclaim from major media publications including Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Time, Entertainment Weekly and many more, Burna Boy described the song as being about the ‘wonders’ of seeing the impact of his music on people’s lives while touring, and it also serves as a note that no matter how far you go, or how hard you work; you must be ready to come home.

 

 

Monsters you Made: Appears to be the strongest political statement on the album, featuring Chris Martin, and explores the injustices on an oppressed race that’s convinced enough should be enough.

Way Too Big: Is a funkier take for this African giant. I’m liking the smooth jibes and the 2000s feel of the track that’s a feel-good but full of bravado expression of just not being subtle about trying to prove himself to anyone.

No Fit Vex‘ and ‘Bank on It’ follow with more positive twists than their predecessor in the line up. Burna Boy wishes you love, success and no ill will, in your grind and daily struggle, while in ‘Bank On It’, a spiritual, jam-a-delic thumpy yet beautiful track, he asks for forgiveness if he fumbles, and for protection from his enemies. The song culminates with a choir harmonizing the main hook, and it’s nothing short of a joy to listen to.

‘Alarm Clock’ may be short but it sticks to the spiritual, with P. Diddy voicing an inspirational message at the start, highlighting the strength of community and  togetherness. Paraphrased, Burna says ‘you’re going to discover that I’m unstoppable’.

Comma’ has a more danceable beat to it and it’s also use to criticize certain types of ladies in society sure to be a club banger, while ‘Bebo’ seems safer for him, sharing a musical wavelength we’re all too familiar with from the artist, alongside ‘Wetin Dey Sup’ and ‘Real Life’ featuring Stormzy.

Wonderful: features the only video so far released on the Atlantic Records album, having been revealed on 1st July 2020. Who knew this would have been an indicative piece of what was to come barely two months later.

Onyeka (Baby): A love song on the album doesn’t have lyrics listed yet on YouTube, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s such a happy and triumphant tune, which may probably be my favourite, and hopefully yours.

Naughty By Nature: featuring Naughty By Nature is a reflection of Burna’s journey to where he is now. He talks about how it was difficult looking for spare change to make the journey back to the mainland (from Lagos). The more you think about it, this is such an introspection into the life of one of the biggest artists there is out of Africa (not a country).

23: Is sober and deep, with regret and lessons, and a revelation of why he makes music… because it makes him happy.

Kenya’s Sauti Sol grace Burna Boy’s latest offering on ‘Time Flies’, a seductive single that sets the table well for this East African band that’s also just released their own album.

Monsters you Made’ appears to be the strongest political statement on the album, featuring Chris Martin, and explores the injustices on an oppressed race that’s convinced enough should be enough.

The Album ‘Twice as Tall’ presents every listener with a unique choice of favorite track on the album; as every song on the album has its own audience making the album diversified to appeal to every listener not just to a set of individuals or a particular region. So make sure you listen and track down your favorite song on Album.

Written By: ISRAEL GEORGE

Instagram: @George_XML

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