Album Review For Burna Boy – Love, Damini
Few musicians, especially in Nigeria, are highly deliberate in their artistic endeavors. Burna Boy is number one on the list and definitely not second, ranging from songwriting, variety, and portraying relatable Africanism, down to the catchy songs.
After turning 31 on July 2nd, the Nigerian musician released his sixth album, “Love, Damini,” a follow-up to his Grammy Award-winning record “Twice As Tall,” on Friday, July 8th, 2022, pouring libations on the world and sealing his Afro-fusion skill.
Listeners all around the world were anxious to hear what the renowned Afro-fusion performer had in store for them because of his status as a global artist.
Burna had released two songs from the album in the months preceding its release: “Kilometre “and “Last Last,” which raised interest in the new album among listeners. The two singles demonstrated that the singer has honed his abilities and mastered treading the fine line of “Afro-fusion,” even if the latter received more airplay and acceptance than the former “— a hybrid of rap, dancehall, afrobeats, and R&B. ‘
The sensitive question on everyone else’s lips, though, is: “Will Love, Damini surpass the triumph or meet the widespread acclaim the last album coveted?” Perhaps the answers to this question have already been hinted at, but the expectations were not unexpected; after all, when an artist has had a very successful run, everyone expects them to repeat the magic. The majority of the time, performers do, but it’s never enough because everyone just wants an encore of the earlier songs, which is nearly never doable.
Any criticisms made after hearing Love, Damini are still fair because the standard has been increased and his pedestal is excessively high, possibly beyond what can be achieved.
Reviewing The Album Love, Damini Track By Track
Concentrating on the information in Love, Damini. Burna shines brightly on topics like love, self-examination, danger in the Philippine capital, experience, hardships, successes, and grief as he moves into the next stage of his life.
Burna boy ft Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Glory
This song definitely sets the mood for the album. The opening track of Burna Boy’s albums, like on the most of them, is always meaningful. It begins with an African hymn. On the first track, “Glory,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African choral group, repeatedly sings, “This is my story.” This is followed by the distinctly European Happy Birthday song, which sounds a lot like “Level Up” by Youssou N’Dour from Twice At Tall.
“Lately, I’ve Been F#$% Up, Been Having A Hard Time Like Back When My Dawg Died,” says Burna as he enters the stage in a slick yet heartfelt manner. It appears that Burna Boy tried to outperform every vocalist he worked with since he displayed his musical skill by hitting higher octaves while singing the chorus at one point.
An immediate hit, this. similar to “anybody” from the album by African Giant. It has a sweet, artificial quality. It almost seems as if it was made to hold your hand or waist, lead you into dancing, and provide you eternal bliss. “When you dey whine, you dey do me science”; One could argue the producer listened to “Anybody” again, made some adjustments, and improved it slightly.
On “Science,” the sax and drums fit well with the mellow guitar, but the wind instruments stand out. One of the album’s party songs.
Cloak and Dagger
This song has an upbeat beat and is groovy. The album’s most awaited partnership. The chorus and the hook showcased Burna Boy’s flexibility. demonstrates his vocal development over the years. Compared to the gruff tenor on the Outside LP, this voice is crisper. J Hus movement carried energy and was flowing and hot.
This song has the cockiness of an authentic African Giant. The song “I don’tey for the game Shina Peters” by Burna Boy boasts his greatness and the fact that he has been doing it for a very long time. This allusion and understanding of his greatness underlines what African Giants portrays, for someone whose confidence is palpable and almost contagious. At least none of his peers, in his opinion, are greater musicians than he is. “Oya, come make I tell you the gist (gist), when was the last time someone did it like this?” a contagious groove. Immediately endearing.
The rhythm of this song penetrates through you, making you start to lose consciousness. As a result, you lift your hands and legs before finally submerging your entire body in the idyllic voice and rhythmic beats.
Burna made an admirable attempt at a falsetto here. The tune is filled with distant reggae horns and guitar ticks.
What good is a Burna Boy album without some politically engaged music? This song’s start is crucial since it establishes the theme and explains that it was written specifically to highlight the problems in his hometown. Brass instruments played a double-kick rhythm throughout.
Burna’s rich baritone gradually reveals a claim that all modern Nigerian citizens can identify with, especially if you dwell in Port Harcourt.
It’s remarkable how great Burna Boy is at making a song about heartbreak danceable while distracting you from the agony. Toni Braxton’s song “He wasn’t man enough,” which was sampled, begins with an underlying guitar sound.
Burna Boy uses the chant “I need Igbo and shayoo” to show how suburban boys deal with heartbreak in the trenches by seeking comfort from their friends and alcohol. Burna did not squander any words throughout the song. Smooth delivery was used.
Burnaboy ft Victony – Different Size
We never anticipated having this combination so early. effects from the soundtrack of the squid video game. Burna never failed to score an Amapiano goal, and he accomplished so in this instance as well.
Victony’s entrance is flawless, with sublime vocals that are low-fi and serene. He always favors the bum bum, highlighting the gluteus maximus’s diversity and abundance. Excellent production, as well. It is a party jam.
Burnaboy – It’s Plenty
Anyone’s day will be made better by hearing “It’s plenty.” The song’s hook is easy to remember, and the melody is captivating. However, this song’s production flaws make it tasteless. There are observable beat placement errors.
Burna Boy’s trademark laid-back afro vibe can be heard in this song. A calming, peaceful, and sentimental tune. The powerful kicks in the backdrop are one for the two lovers on the dance floor. This song, which honors love in its purest form, sounds like a lusty conversation between the singer and his lover: “Your body nah weapon, mo de fe showo kan, I dey sacrifice my money today.”
Burnaboy ft Popcaan – Toni-Ann Singh (TAS)
Toni-Ann Singh is a Caribbean-influenced Jamaican song that features Popcaan and Burna Boy creating a masterpiece. One of the tracks with the highest replay value, the synergy on this track emits a great atmosphere, and the spontaneous rhythm change makes it a song for the summer.
The track’s genius is Popcaan’s chorus, which stands out well, and the background guitar ticks.
Burnaboy ft Blxst and Kehlani – “Solid”
Kehlani is pop royalty, “Solid” is a strong love ballad, and Blxst delivered a flawless performance.
One of the best songs on the album, without a doubt, thanks to Kehlani’s sonorous voice and Pop genre.
Burnaboy ft Ed Sheeran – For My Hand
It seems like Ed and Burna were meant to work together. I mean, have a look at the simple and charming “hold my hand” entry; it’s an odd source of enjoyment.
The two voices blended harmoniously. Unassuming yet immensely satisfying, Burna’s rich baritone voice filling in for Ed’s voice.
While the syrupy vocal delivery is the obvious highlight. The magic lies down there, underneath. Very lo-fi, then gradually picks up with the percussion to create enjoyable music.
This album’s best track without a doubt has the most poetic lyrics!
Burnaboy ft J Balvin – Rollercoaster
In the appropriately named “Rollercoaster,” J Balvin, a post-reggaeton icon, maintained a balanced frequency on the beat’s flow. Rollercoaster is a song with a dancehall influence. Although I couldn’t comprehend what he was saying, his delivery was excellent.
True Afrobeat music. This song has a divine sax intro. shows Burna’s chosen aesthetic. This song is so full of life.
It’s almost as if the song was made to draw you into an outdoor gathering where everyone forms a circle for a good time conga.
You can understand it better after seeing the video. You become animated and drawn in by the humor. A jamboree!
Another socially conscious song from the album is this one. a portrait of a typical low-income Nigerian. After each stanza, guitar and horn sequencing draws the listener into the song. The song features a single gentle sax tone. That deep voice is whispering quietly into your head amid the silence. a sinister affair with a mystical aspect.
Burnaboy ft Khalid – Wild Dreams
The two were at their best. A music with inspirational undertones, gorgeous vocals, and a cool delivery. Burna went hard on the outro, preaching you must stand tall and never lay your heads down just to prove a humble point. Khalid’s vocal is everything. Burna left no stone unturned.
How Bad Could It Be
In this song, Burna displays his penmanship skills. “When it’s raining, you wish it were sunny; when it’s sunny, you wish it were raining; You keep looking for it but never manage to discover it, searching in the wrong places.”
This song clearly expresses its feelings and pains, and the uncluttered beat demonstrates the artist’s command of any beat.
Burnaboy ft Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Love, Damini
A perfect last track that captures the artist’s emotions belongs in a well-organized soulful album. becoming the public face of pan-Africanism and his global impact. “Should have talked to Sound Sultan more before he fucking died, and I should show people more love while they’re still living,” the artist bemoans his past years.
Track is reflecting. An intimate tune that takes us inside the artist’s mind.
The production on Love, Damini misses the mark and can’t compete the effectiveness of Twice As Tall, but the writing can hardly be criticized. Love, Damini is without a doubt a way for the development toward another Grammy.