The King album has most of its content impressively dedicated to the praise and melodious adulation of the protagonist’s queen, his muse throughout the album. It is a step up from his debut album no doubt. But the listening process is slightly upsetting owing to some unnecessary features.
King By Praiz Album Review
Aided by warm, soft piano chords, the album opens on the account of smooth RnB with under The Sky. Nothing can go wrong when Praiz digs deep and croons ballads inspired by his lover. Folashade, unlike the first track, opens with thick strings of guitar before the violin makes a welcomed appearance midway as Praiz apologizes to Folashade for his shortcomings. The tempo is still well under control and the album continues to pique a serial, nondisruptive mood in its listener. Electronic beats opens the third track No pain. And Praiz continues to impress in his role as a king who is totally mesmerized by his queen. This time it is the trumpets that comes midway as Praize vows to die for his lover. If he is ever required to do so.
Three tracks in and a great mood of emotive blues have been set. There is therefore absolutely no need to initiate a ripple effect against this perfect course in the way Let Me Love You did. If it was up to me the song comes as a bonus track in the rear end. Or doesn’t even come at all. Madu is a return to the emotive mood the album has so far excelled at setting with the exemption of the Timaya feature. And Madu is really a beautiful track with impeccable production.
King By Praiz Album Review
You get why he went out to include features- commercial advantage-but so far the album would have fared better without none. Ring On It with Olamide comes on next and it should have honestly been the first feature on the album. It is not the most impressive collaboration but it somehow fits better into the album. Its production, though considerably more upbeat than the rest so far, still doesn’t throw you completely off the theme and mood of the album.
Track 7 comes on with Phyno as the third guest artist on the album. If the album had to be reduced or streamlined to achieve more cohesion and look more solid I’d bin the Olamide feature for the 7th track with Phyno. Papa is inspired by his father for how well he loved his mother. Lastly, he Burna Boy Feature and Burna Boy’s verse on 69 is a stand out of all the guest verses. Other standout tracks: Watchu Gon Do, Somebody and the last, 16th track, Take You Home.
This album felt like it genuinely needed only three features at best for the purpose and theme of the album. Or to be honest none at all. The best tracks on the album are without features. But it appears the commercial advantage of some of the eye catching features was understandably given priority over the overall album experience. And that somehow marred what could have been a modern-day masterpiece RnB project.