18 September 2014

WHY ‘DOUBLE TROUBLE’ IS ARGUABLY P-SQUARE’S BEST ALBUM YET… AND A MUST HAVE


On September 12, 2014, P-Square greeted the anticipation of millions of fans all around the world with the release of what would be their 6th studio album, but before then, as an avid fan of P-Square and lover of music, I was a bit sceptical as to how good the album would turn out—was it going to be as good as all 5 before it or was it going to be a major step backwards, as many people tended to believe?


Now, fellow P-Square fans, before you tag me ‘a pessimist’ (which I’m not, by the way), hear me out. You’d agree with me that the release of ‘Ejeajo’ marked the first time in recent times that P-Square would put out a single (accompanied with a video), and it didn’t quite get enough positive reviews from both fans and critics. I mean, the song is nice and all, but it hasn’t really had that effect that most P-Square songs

tend to have on you, and perhaps, the reason is because the concept of the song is something completely different from what we have come to know the duo by—you know, the usual Afro pop and RnB, so you can understand why I had doubts. Lol.



But then, ‘Double Trouble’ dropped on September 12, and after playing through the first few tracks, I was literally speechless for a moment.

Much to my excitement and relief, the album turned out to be P-Square at their very best. I have followed the group from the start, bought every one of their last 5 albums, and I must admit that none was quite as mind-blowing as this one. ‘Double Trouble’ is a step up from what they

gave us in the past; every song in the album was so carefully recorded and produced that it is difficult to tell they were actually made in Nigeria (no disrespect to the country). The voicing is clear and well filtered, and P-Square delivered on each track, effortlessly. The 16 track album (including 3 bonus tracks) is a blend of all popular genres

of music. There’s something for the original pop lover, the Afro pop lover, RnB, Highlife and Afro beat lovers as well. It is in fact, difficult to choose one track as your favorite because all 16 tracks are

nice, but one of my personal favorites is the RnB effort ‘No be joke’. On this song, P-Square show how versatile and talented they really are; their delivery on the low tempo beat is on point and I can’t even begin to imagine an Usher or Chris Brown on the remix of this song (if they do make one) because it’d definitely be a world chart topper.

‘Collabo’ with Mavins boss, Don Jazzy, ‘Ije love ‘sari sari’, and ‘Enemy solo’ ft Awilo Logomba are some of the other songs that make the album the best from the group so far. The reason I consider ‘Double Trouble’ the best I’ve had from P-Square isn’t only because of how nice all 16
tracks really are (a feat you’ll agree is quite rare in music these days), but also because the production is world class.

With this album, P-Square have again, shown the depth of their understanding of music. They have shown other Artists the path they must follow if they seek to maintain relevance in the game, and that is the path of steady improvement and growth. You need to improve on yourself
and better your past efforts to make progress in life. Someone said, “Some musicians get better with time while others only get worse”. P-Square definitely belong in the first category as this album testifies to, and if they keep up the tempo, there’s no reason why the elusive Grammy will not come.

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