Patoranking’s interest in reggae tends towards lover’s rock and, shockingly, this album is less dancehall. GOE is more reflective and meditative than one would have expected of a musician whose breakthrough came by way of dancehall. Songs like Money and Writing on the wall stand out as biographic statements reflecting on ghetto life, poverty and a glimmer of hope.
All other songs tend toward heterosexual intimacy, partying and, ultimately, love. Another gem is the Sarkodie-assisted No Kissing Baby, which updates reggae music with not just West African nuances but with Twi. Mama Aboyo, featuring Olamide Baddo, cheekily follows this and pales beside it by being at best a lousy tribute to Ajegunle raga music (blame Baddo!). Still on featured acts, Wizkid sounds like the Wizkid of Superstar era on This Kind Luv, outshining Patoranking, the celebrant.
Daniella whine featuring both Elephant Man and Konshens is evidently the dancehall song of the album, packing an effectual energy which is undoubtedly attributable to the vocalist trio as well as the producer duo, Slick Mo and UC Prof. Stammerer picks the most unlikely theme for a concept song. It doesn’t quite fail but it pales beside the modern master of that tendency in Nigerian music, Falz the bad guy. On songs like Forever, Beautiful and Killing me, the themes of love abides and, at some point, is over-flogged.
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