Album Review: Kiss Daniel – New Era | An Album Setting The Standard For Pop Sounds3 min read
Even though, the theme of a lot of “pop-ish love” songs stay the same, the sounds are refreshing enough that every one sounds like a new experience. Kiss Me, Woju, Give Into and others follow this trend. But you’ll be mistaken if you get lured into thinking there are no songs of substance.
One of the stand out tracks, Alone, is classic example of a song on the album that shows just how musically deep Kiss Daniel can get. The lyrics hit home for anyone who’s had forge ahead based on self assurance and self determination. Melodically, it sounds as traditional as you’ll get for a mellow rhythm. Reminiscent in a weird way of 2pac’s If There Be Pain from a melodic standpoint. DJ Coublon deserves an award for this.
Another track that sticks out for it’s great lyrical content is Another Day. The track sees Daniel touch on the weird cycle of the hustle life. Another day, another problem, another hustle, another fine babe. Sin City follows a similar trend in terms of solid lyricism, and for a pop artist, you have to give it up to Kiss Daniel. But not all is A+ material on the album. Songs like Ghetto Boys and Nothing Dey could’ve been cut from the final release of the album compared to some other tracks on the project.
The project overall is a very solid piece of work. Productions from DJ Coublon (Woju, Napo, Alone, Are You Alright), Young John (Mama), MasterKraft (Jombo, Sin City), and Beatburx (Another Day) bring out every flavour of sounds that makes this a very good Afro-Pop album. The already pre-released hit tracks also make for good high moments while discovering the album. If there’s a pit fall to the album, it’s that it potentially could’ve been trimmed some more. A few tracks could’ve been cut out. And Woju Remix would’ve been a good bonus track on a the album. New Era, ironically does well in attempting to usher in a new era of pop music in Nigeria. A new set of expectations, and a new standard. It’s no longer acceptable to have an album, under the umbrella of pop, that has similar sounding tracks. You can be pop, and still have depth and substance to your project. For this, we say a big Kudos to Kiss Daniel and his team.
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