{Review}: Burna Boy’s “Love, Damini” Album is a Safe Space
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{Review}: Burna Boy’s “Love, Damini” Album is a Safe Space

Burna Boy “Love, Damini Album Review”

Here is Love Damini Album Review.

Burna Boy just released his sixth studio album and he described it as a personal body of work. Here is Love Damini Album Review

What Burna Boy’s “Love, Damini” Means

It is actually quite understandable that Burna Boy has decided to name an album after himself finally, and we get that it will be an emotional album.

The fact that Burna boy gets authentic on this album is what makes it sound so good.

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Love, Damini tracklist

Love Damini Album review shows that Burna Boy has created a body of work that feels like a safe space for himself and his fans. There, he discusses his fears, his convictions, his strengths and his vulnerability. Love, Damini, is a safe space.

The Album opener “Glory”, offers a kind of intro that Adekunle Gold’s “Born Again” featuring Fatoumata Diawara did. And honestly, it is not bad.

It sees Burna Boy experimenting with more African sound and featuring artists that people don’t really know which means that he cares about this track and not the collaboration. It also sounds like a Grammy-motivated track.

The fact that Burna Boy could put 19 tracks on an album which is projected to do well on streaming charts means that he is convinced without doubt that listeners will not only enjoy, but connect with every song on the album.

Honestly, no one wants to listen to a 19-track album. But the way Love, Damini starts, it sounds like we are interested in listening to every track.

Science and Cloak and Dagger sees Burna Boy declaring that while everyone is calculating his moves, he is making moves with his team that prevents him from “attacks” or being tricked.

These are part of the songs on Love, Damini that reveals him as a smart man; someone that knows what he’s doing. He says he protects himself from being hurt.

Of all the first four songs, Kilometer stands out most because of the upbeat tempo and the resilience Burna Boy sings that he has come a long way and he has established his mark. “Science” also makes an impression on us, but not like Kilometer.

No wonder it’s a lead single.

On Love Damini Album review, Jagele fits into Burna Boy’s Afro-fusion sound.

It sounds like what Brymo would sing, but definitely not with this beat. Whiskey is that social change song.

We don’t want to say this track is influenced by the Grammy’s announcement of a new category of a Social Change song because it takes away the original intention of the artist to speak on what actually goes on in their country.

Burna Boy “Last Last” lyrics meaning {Explained}

Whiskey speaks against the over exploration of petroleum in some Nigerian states, it also speaks on how there is so much injustice among individuals themselves.

According to Burna Boy, he just drinks whiskey when he thinks about these things. Love Damini Album review presents a part on this song which we would have though this song is not about what it actually talks about. It’s not predictable.

Last Last shows the most vulnerable side of Burna Boy on Love, Damini It speaks on how he got his heart broken by the love of his life. He honestly doesn’t hold back in saying that he was really heartbroken.

He is “Odogwu” but , he is human, and therefore subject to feeling as emotional as other people.

Different Size featuring Victony samples the soundtrack of Squid Game and we get this because they both talk about Different sizes of bum bum.

Like Squid Game, it’s able to cause “death” to  man.

This track is okay, but the song direction is off. If it were meant to be a club song, it doesn’t entirely have a club vibe because the delivery is too serious. This is not how you sound when you are talking about women’s body features.

The major interesting thing about this track is the Squid Game soundtrack sample.

On Love Damini Album review, “It’s plenty stands beside “Kilometer” “Science” and “Last Last” because it is “feel good music”. It makes you forget your fears or worries and have fun. It sounds like a song for the fans.

Dirty Secrets should not have made this album. It is not an outstanding track nor does it have exemplary songwriting.

Toni-Ann Singh is a reference to a girl who has the beauty of Toni-Ann Singh- Jamaican Beauty Queen who won Miss World.

But this song begs the question of why Burna Boy didn’t sing about Agbani Darego instead since she won Miss World. Probably because she is married? Or maybe Burna Boy just fancies Toni-Ann instead.

Solid is too normal a track to feature talented people like BLXST and Kehlani. Props, they actually make the song sound really better and they should have opened it rather than Burna Boy.

For my Hand featuring Ed Sheeran was meticulously written and tailored to be a hit song. It is a classic! This is the kind of song you feature Ed Sheeran on. It sounds so good. It’s the perfect romantic song on Love, Damini.

Rollercoaster starts with an upbeat tempo, but the beat transition indicates that it won’t be an entirely upbeat tempo song. Not a really good call. J Balvin actually does well on more upbeat tempo songs because then, it becomes a potential hit.

Common Person is a song for the fans as well, and it’s actually inspirational. Kudos to Burna Boy on this track. Good call that Khalid opened “Wild Dreams: and not Burna Boy. It sets a good tone for the song.

Wild Dreams is highly relatable and it is almost entirely RNB.

How Bad Could it Be is a song that calls to people to make them calm and look at the bright things before making terrible decisions when faced with bad situations.

This song is even better than Common Person. It’s so soothing; like a Lullaby. Love, Damini Album review again shows that Burna Boy actually made this album about himself, but in relation to his fans.

Love, Damini is an acoustic song and it’s really a good way to close the album. It talks about Love for everyone and appreciating everyone we have now. It also makes reference to Sound Sultan.

 

Love, Damini Album Review

Love Damini is a safe space for Burna Boy and his fans where he unabashedly and conveniently talks about life challenges and how people can use their inner strengths to overcome these situations. The 19-track album is loaded with powerful and thoughtful songs.

Stream Love, Damini here

Rating

Delivery: 1.5/2

Songwriting: 1.7/2

Relatability: 1.8/2

Mixing and Production: 1.3/2

Replay Value: 1.5/2

☆Total: 7.8/10 

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With his fusion of dancehall, reggae, Afrobeat, and pop, Burna Boy emerged in the early part of the 2010s as one of Nigeria’s fastest-rising stars.

The LeriQ-produced 2012 single “Like to Party” proved to be his breakout track and paved the way for his full-length debut, L.I.F.E, a year later. Over the next five years, Burna released two more albums and collaborated with a variety of artists, from J Hus and Skales to Fall Out Boy and Lilly Allen.

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His international exposure widened with 2018’s Outside, which hit number three on the Billboard Reggae chart and won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Album of the Year. 2019’s African Giant and 2020’s Twice as Tall were both widely acclaimed and charted in several countries.

After becoming the first Nigerian to headline a show at Madison Square Garden, he released his sixth album, Love, Damini, in 2022. Burna Boy was born Damini Ogulu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, in 1991. He began making music at just ten years old when a fellow classmate at school gave him a copy of the production software FruityLoops.

Armed with these means, he began to create his own beats on an old computer. After he graduated, he moved to London to attend university, but he dropped out after two years and moved back to Nigeria. In 2010, the 19-year-old Ogulu traveled to Nigeria’s southern coast, where a mutual acquaintance, producer LeriQ, had some studio space.

This marked a period when he began to connect to the music of his native country, having spent most of his youth immersed in American acts like DMX. He delved into the dancehall and reggae music his father listened to and explored the Afro-beat music preferred by his grandfather (who had also been Fela Kuti’s first manager).

As a result of his new discoveries, Ogulu created a confluence of genres that would become his signature sound. With production by LeriQ, Burna Boy created “Like to Party,” which marked his rise to prominence and generated a local buzz along the way. 2013 saw the release of his debut studio album; featuring guest slots from Wizkid, Timaya, 2face, and M.I., L.I.F.E drew favorable reviews from the music press.

For his sophomore effort, 2015’s On a Spaceship, Burna parted ways with both his record company and LeriQ, and delivered a record even more diverse than his first. In 2017, he teamed up with producer Juls for the single “Rock Your Body.” A host of singles followed throughout the year, including “GBA,” “Streets of Africa,” “Koni Baje,” and “Sekkle Down,” featuring J Hus.

After releasing the Lily Allen-aided single “Heaven’s Gate” in early January 2018, Burna delivered his third album, Outside, later that moHe returned a year later with the single “Killin Dem,” a collaboration with Zlatan.

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Along with additional singles like “Dangote” and “On the Low,” it was later included on his fourth album, African Giant, which saw release in July 2019. The LP was nominated in the Best World Music Album category of the 62nd Grammy Awards.

In August 2020, Burna issued the full-length Twice as Tall, which became his highest charting album to date, reaching number 54 on the Billboard 200 and faring even better in Europe and Canada.

It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Global Music Album. Featured on the album were guest appearances by Youssou N’Dour, Naughty by Nature, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and others.

“Rotate,” a collaboration with Becky G, arrived in 2021, as did the solo single “Kilometre.” Burna performed a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden in April 2022, becoming the first Nigerian artist to headline a show at the famed New York venue.

Led by the Toni Braxton-sampling hit “Last Last,” his sixth album, Love, Damini, was released on July 2, his 31st birthday

Credits: Bekki Bemrose, Rovi.

 

 

 

 

Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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