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A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Synord: 11:00am On Nov 16
Barely a Year after releasing his highly successful sophomore album " A Good Time " which amassed over a billion streams worldwide, Nigerian Music Star and DMW helmsman David Adeleke popularly known as Davido released his third studio album " A Better Time" on the 13th November , 2020.

In the following year after his " A Good Time" album which saw the birth of his first son , ifeanyi who is also the cover of the album , the recovery of his fiancee Chioma from the Covid- 19 virus amidst breakup rumours, constant criticism that his survival in the music industry is because of his wealth, a newly found beef with erstwhile friend and Grammy nominee , Burna Boy and continued rivalry with self acclaimed Starboy Wizkid , Davido announced his third studio album " A Better Time " would drop in October 2020.

A month after , Davido drops the highly anticipated Album and here's our review of the Afro beats, RnB and Hip hop themed Project .

Producers: NapjiDmw, Magicboi, Chillz, Eljack, Dante,Semzibeatz, FreshVDM, Isaac MasterDon, Kiddominant , Speroachbeatz, Ckay, Blaisebeatz, Papamitrou, Xander,Hit boy, Fresh, Lord Sky

Features: Lil baby, Sauti Sol, Bella Shmurda, Mayorkun, Sho Madjozi, Nas, Hit boy, Ckay, Mugeez, Tiwa Savage, Chris brown, Young thug, Nicki minaj

Song Writers - Deinde , Peruzzi, Wale Kwame, MayD, Toye, Kiddominant,

Engineers - STG, Dremo, Joshua Harbin,

Genre - Afrobeats, House Music , RnB, Hip hop, Pop

Runtime - 55 minutes

Tracks - 17

Label - Davido Music Worldwide/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment UK limited

1) FEM

The album opens on a high note with the napji produced " FEM" which means " Shut Up". The track housed subliminal shots at Burna boy with lines like " Tell Odogwu say we like to party" , Just Call Me" while also warning other haters to be careful and stop hating on his grind/success. The hook is very catchy with a sing along vibe and was propelled to greater heights by the EndSars protest when it became the unofficial protest song in the country at the time . Completed with a delightful surprise performance at the Big brother finale and a colorful music video from DammyTwitch, FEM became A Better Time 's First hit track.

2) JOWO

On Jowo, Davido returns to the Career Saving Pon Pon style which he employed on songs like " IF" and "FALL" . He pleads with his lover to please stay with him and marry him. Davido delivers good lyrics and an impressive vocal delivery on the track . A song for the romantic ones and also a potential hit .One of the album's strongest joints .

3) SOMETHING FISHY

Something Fishy reminds me of " Return " off Davido's " Son of Mercy" Ep and Adekunle Gold's Hit single " Jore" featuring Kizz daniel. The owambe vibe of the song is laudable and Davido once again brings his A game on . The producer Chillz also did a very impressive job on the track . Straight banger !! " Wait , something Fishy going down " ✨✨.

4) HOLY GROUND FEAT NICKI MINAJ

When I heard that there was a song with Nicki minaj on the album , I was like wow , massive . And then came " Holy Ground ". There's something just really off about the track especially for a Nicki minaj feature . Perhaps the chemistry, maybe the hook , or just the funny lyrics . Holy ground is a track one would not likely put on repeat .

5) HEAVEN

On the amapiano inspired "Heaven" produced by El jack , Davido promises to bring the heavenly feeling to his woman while also admonishing her beauty in comparison with an angel that came from heaven . The track is a feel good and sing along track with solid production .. one thing about the album so far is the quality music production and engineering . An effort Davido should be commended for.

6) VERY SPECIAL

On the May D written " Very Special", Davido scores a wedding classic and something for the owambes . The beats , the lyrics and the delivery are really onpoint. It's really a song for the old and the young . One of the best songs on the album .
" Mo kan ma sope " ✨

7)THE BEST

I think it's general consensus that having Mayorkun on a track translates almost certainly to having a hit. Mayorkun comes through with his witty lines and rhymes on the fresh produced beat . The Davido proteges clarifies who he learnt his craft from.and credits his boss " Davido" as the best while also affirming "nobody sing pass wandecoal" . The chemistry between the two on the track is really pleasant to the ears .
A potential hit for the clubs and parties as the DMW Artistes brag about their status and talent in the industry . Solid bop !!!

cool SHOPPING SPREE FT CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG

This hip-hop joint with Chris brown and young thug surprisingly proves to be the Most artistically crafted and successful Davido's hip hop collaboration yet after the ill fated " Pere" feat Young thug and rae sremmurd. The three artistes came through with dope verses and swag as they talk about taking pretty girls on shopping spree on this bouncy hip-hop beat.
Then Davido on the Hook , my jesus !!! Best Davido hook in a while .
Shopping spree is an instant hit with a repeat value of 98 percent .

9) SUNLIGHT

Another Romantic song on the album produced by DMW inhouse producer, Napji . Short and sweet . The chants are lovely
Davido calls his pretty lady the sunlight in his life and appreciates all her beautiful features while promising never to lie to her . Napji the producer continues to prove he is a valuable addition to the DMW family with his stellar productions and Davido once again delivers for the ladies .

10) TANANA FT TIWA SAVAGE

Davido decides to switch things up a bit and comes through with the galala/swo influenced " "Tanana". The Kiddominant produced track brings a refreshing feel to the album . Tiwa savage also delivers an excellent verse on the track . This one is for the reminiscing the good old galala days while also catching groove seriously at parties and gatherings . A retro styled video for the song would also be really nice .

11) MEBE FT MUGEEZ

Davido connects with his fans from Ghana as he sings that his lady's body physique will make him to study physics". Better lyrics could have been employed by Davido on this joint but Mugeez came through with his verse . Not bad at all .

12) LALA FT CKAY

This one is going to be a fan favourite . Right from the first listen . With a stellar production and excellent featured verse from Ckay , the amapiano/makossa joint will sure rock the Clubs and Anglophone countries. Davido is also at creative ease on the track and having maximum fun which made the track even more enjoyable .

13) SO CRAZY FT LIL BABY

It is important to note that all the featured Artistes came through with their verse on A Better Time . So crazy is another track the Featured artiste , Lil Baby came fully prepared. On the track davido talks about his lover that is not giving him attention and driving him crazy . Mixed feelings about this track. Not bad , Not good, just there .

14) BIRTHDAY CAKE FT NAS , HIT BOY

This was just a song that was not needed on the album . The style of the two Artistes do not fit. The lyrics from Davido are lazy and shows no attempt to accommodate and assist NAS . The track shouldn't have made the album . Skip.

15) I GOT A FRIEND FT MAYORKUN & SHO MADJOZI

House music ✨✨✨. The trio of Mayorkun , Davido and south african artiste , sho Madjozi deliver this amapiano track as a tribute to the Davido's DMW friends like Lati , Tycoone, Prince,Asa Asika among others . Good production , vibes and verses. An actual Bop.

16) FADE FT BELLA SCHMURDA

First, the beat by Speroachbeatz sounds so similar to a previous joint and really disjointed .The two Artistes struggled to achieve chemistry . What would have otherwise being a serious jam is harmed by the monotous and distorted beats . Davido did his best , Bella did his best and Speroachbeatz gave his worst .

17) ON MY WAY FT SAUTI SOL

Can there ever be a bad Sauti SOL song . I doubt . This Davido and Sauti SOL song is the perfect outro for A Better Time .The Lord Sky production is a delight to the ears . Sauti sol beautiful lingua infusion gives the track an heavenly feel . Beautiful songwriting too.

CONCLUSION

While I still believe the " A Good Time " is solidly underated, I believe " A Better Time " will not suffer the same fate. On this album , we see a Davido that is trying to strike a balance between the international market and the local music scene in Africa . We also see a Davido that is very deliberate with his creative act and ensures he makes the songs people want and consequently , Potential hits .

Excelling on tracks like " Jowo" , " Heaven", " The Best" , "On my way" Tanana", " Lala" and other songs obviously intended for African market , the bane of the album seems to be his resolve to break into the international market .

Save the track with Chris brown and Young thug , all other international collabos on the album seems like a forced attempt to do something to please the international community . The highly forgettable " Holy Ground " with Nicki Minaj , the Manageable " So Crazy" with Lil baby and the track that should never have happened with NAS and Hitboy .

For Someone who saw the effect of unnecessary international collabos and did a back to the basics campaign with songs like " IF " and "Fall" a few years back , it is suprising that Davido has still chosen to tow the path of unfavourable international collabos rather than stick to his beautiful creative process that is in conformity with his roots as an African.

Production is very commendable as all producers came in their top form except for Speroachbeatz distasteful production on Fade featuring Bella Shmurda . Special shout out also to Napji DMW for his outstanding work .

The Mixing , mastering and engineering on A Better Time is world class , Big kudos to Dremo and STG . The track arrangement could have been way better though to improve cohesion and flow.


The versatility of the tracks must also be praised as songs switch from Afro RnB to House music to galala, Pon Pon and then Hip-hop Rap. The genuine attempt by Davido to create a diversely appealing album evident in features from Ghana and Eastern Africa as well as features from the international scene is commendable.

The acknowledgment and use of songwriters on the project is also very important for the culture and Davido has done the right thing by employing the services of these people.


The delivery of lyrics on the album is above average and the beautiful in Davido's vocal power and delivery shows he must have done a proper research and truly worked on his voice for this project. Truth be told, Davido really worked hard on the project .

A Better time seems like an album made to prove a point and of course the point is well proven . One thing is sure , This album will birth hits in the country and also birth hits worldwide.

Rating - 7/10

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Synord: 11:11am On Nov 16
Written by iamsynord


Iamsynord is a freelance entertainment writer, programmer , entertainment lawyer and music lover. He is open to content writing jobs/anything Entertainment and can be contacted via twitter @iamsynord

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Brandonx(m): 2:57pm On Nov 16
I am not really a fan of pop music and all those scheisse Nigerian artist do.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by osamz007: 2:57pm On Nov 16
AMINA ZO MANNA NA THE ONLY THING WEY SWEET FOR THE WHOLE ALBUM

IF THIS ALBUM FIT SCORE 7/10 THEN BUHARI IS THE BEST PRESIDENT WE'VE EVER HAD

I GIVE IT 4/10 FOR ALL THE HARDWORK AND MONEY SPENT

ALEXA PLAY ME GINGER FT BURNA BOY.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by EdoFirstBorn: 2:57pm On Nov 16
Good album

Weldone

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Dididrumz(m): 2:58pm On Nov 16
I said it before and I'll still say it again


Davido's A Better Time ablum doesn't match up to His "A Good Time" Album.

Last time He featured Chris brown in Blow my mind and the song was dope.

He featured the same Chris Brown again but this time, no way oooo.

It is much expected that your next project should be better than your previous project.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by ATEAMS: 2:58pm On Nov 16
We must have one love, one great love in our life, since it gives us an alibi for all the moments when we are filled with despair.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by RomanianNinja: 2:58pm On Nov 16
Honestly speaking, I decided to play Davido's album on Apple music and it was so noisy to the point I thought the fault was from my earpod. Aside FEM, the album is just a well packaged noise tracks.

Dear op, judging from your review, I can deduce the fact that your playlist is full of thrash songs. You have no taste in good music. Wack review

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by blinking001(m): 2:59pm On Nov 16
Shitty music. Brymo remains the best

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Sterope(f): 2:59pm On Nov 16
Either a hit or a miss undecided

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by slawormiir: 2:59pm On Nov 16
damnnn niggarrrr
The album is dog shiit

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Openbusiness: 2:59pm On Nov 16

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by SavageBoy: 2:59pm On Nov 16
If you know you didn't read this epistle,let's gather here for fellowshipgrin

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Omezif(m): 2:59pm On Nov 16
some youths who made themselves lazy by hoping in government to assist them without working hard to get their own means like other successful men are foolishes. Take davido and rest as example they are working hard themselve without depending on their rich parents.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by superior1: 2:59pm On Nov 16
Atleast he publicly acknowledges his writers

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by AntiWailer: 3:00pm On Nov 16
Hmm
Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by tex73: 3:00pm On Nov 16
Wizkid's is definitely better......not on d same level! cool

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by LostMyZeal(m): 3:01pm On Nov 16
Who go read this plenty nonsense this hot afternoon

Summarize in one sentence abehg undecided

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by themes009(m): 3:01pm On Nov 16
pato is better than all

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by tayolove12(m): 3:01pm On Nov 16
One bottle of alomo for this guy
Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Punakapunaka: 3:02pm On Nov 16
angry... Papa Ifanyiiiiiiiiiii grin

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Xisnin(m): 3:02pm On Nov 16
The entire album is below par. Poorly planned and poorly done.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Muhammad2468(m): 3:02pm On Nov 16
see swalo
Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by popweezy(m): 3:02pm On Nov 16
Wizkid fc coming 4 you soongrin
Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by RomanianNinja: 3:02pm On Nov 16
LostMyZeal:
Who go read this plenty nonsense this hot afternoon

Summarize in one sentence abehg undecided
In summary, the op is simply saying he loves thrash songs and refusing to admit that Davido just packaged rubbish and called it an album.

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by donforeign: 3:03pm On Nov 16
Album weak abeg ...after the hype n all..
4/10..

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Re: A Review Of Davido's "A Better Time" Album By Iamsynord by Muyiwaipere(m): 3:03pm On Nov 16
Overhyped musician

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