First Thoughts On Wizkid’s Fourth Studio Album “Made In Lagos”
Wizkid, after multiple postponements, something that gave fans many sleepless nights, has finally dropped his much-anticipated album “Made In Lagos.”The 14 tracked album features Burna Boy, Skepta, Damien Marley, Tay Iwar, Projexx, Tems, Ella Mai, H.E.R and Terri. Producers on the album are Kel P, Blaq Jerzee, London, Sarz, Mut4y, Juls and Dro.
“Made in Lagos” is Wizkid’s fifth solo body of work in a highly successful career that has spanned over a decade.
What does this writer think of this offering? Let me start with what the album brings to mind, the images it evokes.
Wizkid’s “Made In Lagos” comes to you when you’re reclining on your balcony with the cool air caressing your face while you clutch loosely a glass of wine and your favourite add-on.
It’s the perfect sound for small, classy gatherings, as the rich tunes will easily fit into a sophisticated ambience.
Made in Lagos is an acute blend of afrobeats, afrofusion, reggae and bashment.
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While it’s missing “club bangers,” it makes up with smooth tunes that deliver feel-good vibes. However, he did drop “Roma” featuring Terri for the party-goers. In a nutshell, the whole album reeks of a musician who has come into the full knowledge of his talent and at this point, just lets the music flow through him.
It’s easy, romantic, soft, and fluid.
However, lyrically, the album struggles between a 5-6. While Wizkid is not famous for strong lyrical content save a handful of his songs, he made good effort with “Smile” featuring H.E.R, “Blessed” with Damien Marley and “True Love” with Tay Iwar.
Another thing that stands out from “Made In Lagos” is the pure art that was the production. The mix of guitars, strings, drums, and saxophones blended so good it floods you with pure ecstasy.
But, was the use of similar-sounding instruments overly done? This is a viable argument as it risked having almost all the songs sounding the same.
On a final note, this is not an album that jumps at you. This is a Wizkid who has mastered and etched his own sound. You may or may not like it, as it is with all new things.
Listen to “Made In Lagos” HERE.
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