All over the planet, twins have a way with things. They seem to always stick together, amplifying their every act and deed. Meals become a festival, fights become wars, romance becomes a Shakespeare tale, and even in marriage, it never gets stale.
“Double Trouble” - Psquare
Double Trouble won't make The Okoye brothers legends. But it will make them greater billionaires. Perhaps that was all the plan all along.
The Psquare brothers have come a long way. After a not-so-successful attempt at football, the twins took to dancing. They made artful choreography in Jos, threw in vocal delivery, and succeeded in replicating a number of popular tunes with great success. With time, Peter and Paul Okoye became their own person (they be one no be two). They began to make the best songs in Anglophone Africa, and with that, became the best at their craft. No one in Africa has their repertoire of music and dancing, and five albums later, they're gods. Made of music, they sit on their own Mt. Olympus.
But for the sixth time, the twin gods appear to have lost a bit of their hunger for the game. Their new album, 'Double Trouble' has failed to contain sufficient troubling material for the good parts of music lovers in Nigeria. The twins had launched the perfect campaign and hype for the album. With earlier troubles and reports of family rifts in the news, they uncontrollably found themselves in tabloids for the wrong reasons. Nigerians took a special interest in their family troubles (which in hindsight, reeks of deliberate orchestration).
The aftermath? Psquare tried capitalizing off the publicity but it doesn’t seem to have worked; the attempt to seal their strained business and brotherly love with a new album looks quite desperate. One thing they did get right though is naming the album 'Double Trouble'. How appropriate.
'Double Trouble' come across as indecisive and one great song away from greatness. On the record, Psquare chiefly talk about love and romance, mixing predominantly mid-tempo joints with an odd fast-paced style.
The album launches in with the heavy thumping 'Shekini'. Even though it seems to have bitten too much of the new 'Shoki' style, it gets the listener dancing like it's Christmas again. 'Missing You' was designed to take the edge off all that dancing. It lacks nothing in surface expression of love, but the lyrics are all in tandem with Ifeoma, and Ije Love.
'This No Be Joke' is a lesson in R&B. with T.I is a mixture of many conflicting sounds, creating a bitter-sweet feeling for listeners.
The best of the album lies not in Pop genre, but in the mixture of genres, Zombie featuring Jermaine Jackson, is a clear example. The song is a mixture of Afrobeat and retro Pop and an amazing piece of work for all the music romantics. Psquare will never be Makossa singers. Along with Awilo Longomba on 'Enemy Solo', their voices sound shoe-horned and discordant. It makes no sense. But on alternative rock music – Bring It On with Dave Scott – they sound like gods again.
Collabo with Don Jazzy ought to have a good video. It tastes like a slice of some good pie. MMS sounds like 'Collabo' again, only this time, they took out Don Jazzy and the guitar, and added heavy bass drumming. The sequence and progression is suspiciously repetitive. Perhaps they love the tune so much, that they had to rinse and repeat. I forgive you, Peter and Paul.
'Ogadigide’ and ‘Sari Sari’ were made for the Eastern fans. As for those who have followed the twins, the return to Igbo folk music is a huge welcome for everyone. The mood in Owerri, Umuahia, Enugu, Aba and Onitsha will sure be lighter and happier.
Double Trouble isn’t a bad addition to their discography. Peter and Paul Okoye have both made an album filled with diverse genres and melody, and it surely will get fans listening. The twins also stick to their policy of not having too many features. Psquare will miss nothing in album sales and performance revenue. They have the fan base and acceptance to push on with this, and convert to revenue.
But in all, you can't escape a nagging feeling of some sort of loss. This year and this album were supposed to be the crown on the Psquare music dynasty. Asides 2face Idibia, Nigeria needs another Pop legend(s). The space exists, fans are screaming for it, and Wizkid and Davido don’t seem ready yet. Psquare had their chance with ‘Double Trouble’; they took a good shot, and missed. They blew their one good chance at immortality.
Double Trouble won't make them legends. But it will make them greater billionaires. Perhaps that was all the plan all along.
Rating - 3/5
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