LABEL: OMA RECORDS
GENRE: AFRO POP
This is her second album, and it’s a long time coming considering she’s one of the best female artistes in the country. The title comes from Wonder Woman’s signature weapon also called “Lasso of truth” and Omawumi sees herself as “wonder woman” at least that what her debut album tells us.Now to the review.
IF YOU ASK ME
“if you aske, na who i go ask
the matter we see so, e tey we e start
no be me go talk am, e heavy for mouth”
Musically, the song doesn’t come off as African except for the good use of pidgin English. It has a whole Jive vibe to it something a “Janelle Monae” might sing to but Omawumi brings it home in every African way possible. It’s a very interesting story and we’re probably all familiar with this song. It’s a song worth being on this album.
WHEN THE BOSS IS COMING (ACTOR SEF DEY RUN)
“actor no dey die for film”
The words “Boss” “actor” already take your mind to a typical action movie and listening to this track it does feel that way. Her voice was quite powerful on this one, not easily overshadowed by the heaviness, pace and easy distraction that came from the beat. It’s not what one might expect musically but non the less, an okay addition to the album.
“I am from the land of freedom
the land of the setting sun
with countless human colors”
Word to Omawumi, this doesn’t directly depict Africa.
Here is “DonJazzy again” with his unconventional afrobeat sound that is usually ahead of most of his peers and most times usually on point. And this case is no exception. Yes DonJazzy produced this but it won’t be the next hit from Omawumi as good as the track is sadly for her fans. But kudos to DonJazzy on this one.
THE BEST YOU CAN BE
“kneel down, hands up, close your eyes
wash the plates and your clothes, clean those towels”
This track is very deep, one of the very glaring tracks taken personal by Omawumi, a proud mother. She comes off as a woman who has finally fully understood the lessons her mother tried to teach her as a growing child and she wanting to pass these same values to her child and her passing them on to her own children. A very meaningful track, something rare to find these days in the industry.
I GO GO
“my food u no 1 chop
body sef you no touch
i’m tired of the pain that I feel inside”
Another one produced by Cohbams but this time, it has a reggae vibe to it, interesting I’ll say if you ask me. This is one a lot of females should relate to and will definitely appreciate lyrically.
WHAT A BANG BANG (FT. TUFACE)
“e be like say dem don see monkey
god forbid i no be suffer head
one day this country go better
na me and you go do am together” – Omawumi
“day by day dem dey upgrade their thief-ability
this type of thiefing don turn insanity
how long shall we wait for the poverty subsidy” – 2face
Halfway through the album for the first collaboration, was beginning to think this wasn’t a Nigerian album. It’s not what we would have loved coming from these two, would have preferred something much more exciting and dance oriented but nevertheless, it a conscious track, one for the society, not bad at all.
PERSONAL RACE (FT. TIMAYA)
“i no fit be you, you no fit be me
so make you understand say na your race you dey run o
me i dey run my own o” – Omawumi
“see these people dem too dey package
meanwhile, dem just dey manage” – Timaya
Probably going to be one of the few hit tracks off this album, reasons obviously being it can be played in the clubs and it has been getting quite a good deal of radio play. The chorus is quite catchy, nice melodies and basically the stuff people want to hear. Wasn’t impressed by Timaya on this but all in all the track is dope.
YOU MUST LOVE ME
“my heart, my love, everything
i want to give to you”
The beauty of this track is in its calmness. It’s very relaxed and laid back but in a different way from other love songs. It’s one to be appreciated and a very mushy song too.
WARN YOURSELF (FT. WIZKID)
“i know say i get am,
so i no need anybody to
tell me say i dey sexy”
“sexy mama, beautiful mama
shey you go give me number
it is nothing but a number” – Wizkid
For people who are into afrobeat, when this song starts, you already know what to expect. Not that that takes anything away from it. It’s exciting all round and should definitely be a hit if people pay attention to it. It’s a very enjoyable song.
STAY ALIVE (JEJE LAIYE)
“God does not sleep
and He will make a way”
This is an inspirational YOLO track, it gets you in a reflective mood, makes you think about your life in some ways. It basically talks about valuing your life. It’s already quite popular with a video and all and without a doubt a wonderful song.
BELLE (FT. FLAVOUR)
“u be chairman no be for mouth ey
oya chairman do something
This song has rocked! And we all know this!
LIFE GOES ON (FT. AFAY)
“now it’s over, what am i gonna do
now it’s over, somehow i’ll make it thru”
A befitting end to the album from a general perspective. This track is a very good duet and an example of the immense talent that exists in Africa. Wonderful vocals, good lyrics, it’ll probably make for a good stage performance. Kudos! To them.
This album is a good listen. The lyrics are not wasteful neither are they ignorant, they capture elements of our society, everyday situations that we go through and that sets it apart from a typical Nigerian album. Omawumi’s vocal delivery on the album is reflective of her talents, not taking the high route of only trying to sell the song but more importantly convict the listener with her powerful voice. Musically, the beats are good but not that all exceptional only but a few but the production is tight.
The one good thing about this album is its length; it’s not long and boring like some other Nigerian albums. You never for one moment ask yourself “when will this end?” some might argue that it’s a bit short which might be true because she has the talent to deliver that bit more but then again why over do it. This album is concise, straight to the point and delivered to the fans just the way it should, not shadowed with unnecessary collaborations but with good musical melodies and relevant lyrics.
There is no doubt of the talent that is omawumi and this sophomore album further proves how good not only a singer she is but how damn good an artist she is. This album gets a C+