ALBUM REVIEW: Sound Sultan – Me, My Mouth & Eye

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Artiste – Sound Sultan

Album – Me, My Mouth & Eye

Features – Wizkid, Duncan Mighty, Flavour, Baba
Dee, YoungGreyC, Blackha, Karma, Reminisce, Sean
Tizzle, Wyclef Jean, 2Face & Ikechukwu

Producers – Legendury Beats, TY Mix, Mic Tunes,
Jay Sleek, Jiff, Kuk Beats, Sound Sultan, Mic Workx,
Kid Konnect, O.G.B & L.K.E

Running Time – 01:18:16

Label – Naija Ninja Records (2013)

This musician is popularly known for his signature
song ‘Mathematics’, the conscious nature of his
music, and a music career that spans six different
eras (i.e. 6 studio albums). Veteran afro-pop star
Naija Ninja ‘Sound Sultan’ has lifted the lid off his
sixth LP (titled “Me, My Mouth & Eye”) under his
Naija Ninja Records imprint. Sultan tackles issues of
politics, love, and destiny on his new lengthy record
(20 tracks including 2 bonus tracks).
Hoping to seal the commercial success of the LP and
gain acceptance from the new generation of listeners,
the Sultan opens the LP by employing a feeble
addition from Wizkid and the production of the
hotly sought-after Legendury Beatz with the party
track ‘Kokoshe’. The fast paced ‘One in a Million’
cannot be overlooked, its high points is when Sound
Sultan sings the chorus and modulates it for the
second time. Another party track on the album that’s
of note is one of the project’s lead singles; talking
about the dancehall inspired ‘Gud Gal’ produced by
Jay Sleek. Regardless of the fact that the party starter
about a good girl falling for a bad boy did not enjoy
a long stay on dance-floors and charts (due to poor
promotion); it is one of the album firm points, Fasasi
rides in on the thumping beats like a true ragga star.
The major problem with this album is the
arrangement; unnecessary remixes and track listing.
After the second track which is the stellar ‘Natural
Something’, the remix to ‘Luv Language’ featuring
Duncan Mighty comes up and the original song is
listed as the eight track the same thing close re-
occurs with ‘Kuru Komaga’ whose remix features
indigenous rapper Reminisce. Furthermore the
award-winning and battered remix of ‘Orobo’ which
featured Flavour should have been kept off this
project entirely, but sadly it lies in the first 15
minutes of “Me, My Mouth & Eye”.
Fellow Ninjas, YoungGreyC, Blackha & Karma
surface on ‘Lagbo Lagbo’ and bonus track ‘Gbedu’.
On the latter YoungGreyC (popularly referred to as
the pink ninja, and is responsible for all the mind-
blowing background on the album tracks) steals the
show with her opening intro and solid chorus
proving she is undeniably the label’s best kept secret.
Blackcha & Karma also rise up to the occasion,
altogether serving a steamy club anthem unlike like
the former which comes off as a bit noisy and
extremely lacking chemistry.
Matters of the heart are addressed on the poppy
number ‘One’ (bonus track) which features 2face,
‘Like Mi’ and ‘Follow Me Go’ follow in the same vein
and notably so when he recruits former Ninja Sean
Tizzle to help him hit the nail on ‘Follow Me Go’. On
the Kid Konnect simple afro-pop mid-tempo beat,
Lanre and Sean rock together blending the art of
rapping and singing about a girl they went to follow
them to delivering a moody romantic number.
The mood is not always festive as the Baba Dee
assisted political yet groovy ‘Temporary Turn
Permanent’, ‘All Way Na Way’, ‘Africa’, ‘Still I Rise’
and ‘People Bad’ which features Wyclef Jean,
Ikechukwu and 2face respectively, not-forgetting
‘The Piano’ are housed in the album. Preaching the
gospel of fighting for your own bread coupled with a
celebratory chorus, drums, strings and timbres, ‘All
Way Na Way’ hits the bull’s eye whereas ‘Still I Rise’
comfortably floats in-between greatness and failure.
‘The Piano’ is driven by a piano officially closing
album on a spiritual note as Sound Sultan
acknowledges and is thankful the presence of a
supreme being in his life and career over rolling
drums, singing “You can have this as your ringtone/
Or as your favourite song/ You can call me the
piano/ But he is the one really that plays the song/
Cause he is my inspiration/ Beyond imagination/ I
thank him every season…”.
“Me, My Mouth & Eye” is what the career doctor
prescribed; definitely the project will not break new
grounds for the sultan of sound, it might even be
regarded as a little dated for 2013’s radio, still it
showcases the signature style of Sound Sultan and
will help him introduce his music to a young
generation. Judging from the couple of records we
have consumed from the host, this particular one
extensively highlights and showcases the vocal
abilities of Olanrewaju Fasasi.
Reviewed by Ogaga Sakpaide [@Ogagus ]

Posted By K2I

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