Wizkid’s much anticipated EP Sounds From The Other Side dropped in the early hours of this morning (July 14th) to the delight of music lovers around the world. After heavy promotion and a slew of local and international collaborations, Wizkid is perfectly poised to give us the album of the summer. The question is, did he deliver?
Let’s start with the singles that were released before the final project. Come Closer, Daddy Yo and Sweet Love gained the most mass appeal, and rightly so. All three songs were distinctive and wonderfully produced. Fela’s influence on Sweet Love reminds me of one of my other favourite Wizkid songs, Jaiye Jaiye. He then followed up with Naughty Ride and African Bad Gyal featuring Chris Brown. Even though it’s not a stellar track, I enjoyed Naughty Ride and can definitely see it being a club banger. African Bad Gyal, however, was a disappointment coming from two powerhouses like Wizkid and Chris Brown. The lyrics and composition felt a little rushed.
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The standout of all the unreleased tracks was, hands down, All For Love featuring South African songstress Bucie. Their voices meshed together perfectly and the house music beats and production gave it a unique edge. I also enjoyed the chill vibes on Picture Perfect. Unfortunately, I didn’t see it for the international collaborations like Gbese ft Trey Songz and One for me featuring Ty Dolla $ign. While I don’t mind Wizkid experimenting with Dancehall or Caribbean sounds, the tracks felt inauthentic and the featuring artists did not mesh well with Wizkid’s distinct style. The lyrics were forgettable and, while I understand that artists grow and evolve, the songs didn’t give us any of Wizkid’s original “flavour”. I felt like the “Ojuelegba”, “Jaiye Jaiye” Wizkid was nowhere to be found on the majority of the project.
All in all, Sounds From the Other Side is definitely a decent album. There are some surefire hits as well as some great quality production and lyrics. That being said, for a 12-track album, there are a few too many forgettable songs and most of the international acts featured on the record did not stand out. It would have been great to have a few more Nigerian artists featured on the album; perhaps Burna Boy or Olamide. Even a new school artist like Nonso Amadi would have contributed more to the overall quality of the album than the Trey Songz feature. Hopefully, Wizkid goes back to his roots to get some inspiration for his next big project.
VIBE Rating: 7/10