Simi – Simisola: A Review of the Nigerian Singer’s Debut Album
Simi is one of the most talented and versatile singers in Nigeria. She rose to fame with her hit singles like “Tiff”, “Jamb Question” and “Soldier” featuring Falz. In 2017, she released her debut album, Simisola, which showcases her unique blend of pop, soul, R&B and Afrobeat.
Simisola is a 12-track album that features only one guest appearance from Adekunle Gold, Simi’s husband and fellow singer. The album was produced by Oscar, Vtek, Seyikeyz and Sess. The album received critical acclaim and won several awards, including Album of the Year at the Headies and Best R&B/Pop Album at the Soundcity MVP Awards.
The album opens with “Remind Me”, a soulful ballad that expresses Simi’s desire to love and be loved unconditionally. She sings with sincerity and emotion over a piano-led instrumental. The next track, “Joromi”, is a catchy and upbeat song that tells the story of a girl who is crushing on a guy and wants him to make the first move. Simi delivers witty lyrics and playful vocals over a groovy Afrobeat beat.
The third track, “Aimasiko”, is a tribute to the legendary Nigerian musician Ebenezer Obey. Simi samples his classic song of the same name and adds her own twist to it. She sings about the importance of patience and perseverance in life over a highlife-inspired beat. The fourth track, “Complete Me”, is a romantic song that celebrates the joy of finding one’s soulmate. Simi sings with passion and conviction over a smooth R&B beat.
The fifth track, “Gone for Good”, is a breakup song that expresses Simi’s regret and pain over losing her lover. She sings with vulnerability and honesty over a guitar-driven instrumental. The sixth track, “Original Baby”, is a self-empowerment anthem that encourages listeners to embrace their individuality and uniqueness. Simi sings with confidence and sass over a funky pop beat.
The seventh track, “One Kain”, is a song that explores the complexity and confusion of love. Simi sings about falling for someone who is not on the same page as her over a mid-tempo pop beat. The eighth track, “Take Me Back”, features Adekunle Gold and is the only duet on the album. The song is a sweet and nostalgic song that reminisces about the good times of a past relationship. Simi and Adekunle Gold harmonize beautifully over a laid-back Afrobeat beat.
The ninth track, “O Wa N’be”, is a party song that celebrates life and happiness. Simi sings with joy and energy over a lively Afrobeat beat. The tenth track, “Smile for Me”, is a love song that asks for a simple gesture of affection from one’s partner. Simi sings with tenderness and warmth over a soft R&B beat.
The eleventh track, “Angelina”, is a song that warns about the dangers of cheating and lying in a relationship. Simi sings with sarcasm and anger over a catchy pop beat. The twelfth and final track, “Hiphop Hurray”, is a bonus track that showcases Simi’s rap skills. She raps with flair and charisma over a hip-hop beat.
Simisola is an impressive debut album that showcases Simi’s versatility, creativity and talent as a singer and songwriter. She delivers songs that are relatable, catchy and meaningful across different genres and moods. Simisola is a must-listen for fans of Nigerian music and anyone who appreciates good music.