Adedamola Adefolahan popularly known as Fireboy recently released his debut album on the 28th of November, 2019 after it was earlier announced by the singer to be released on the 25th of November, 2019 of which it was changed due to the observed alterations in events during that period.
is a conscious effort to critically analyse and criticise the album; laughter
tears and goosebumps by the Young talented singer Fireboy, 22. Fireboy is currently signed to olamide’s
floating label YBNL and even though it was highly unexpected by everyone, Fireboy
came into the scene suddenly with a bang; “jealous” which slowly
gained ground and became one of the trending songs in 2019.
The album flies on an unparalleled song writing
advantage as fireboy launched his audience into a land full of love, adulation,
tears and excitement. This ’40 minutes’ piece saw Fireboy fearlessly dish out amazing
tracks of which is noteworthy that he didn’t feature a single artiste in it; oh,
The nerve of him! Many artistes hate to be tied and described with a particular
style of music which is why this album is a harmless attempt by Fireboy to mesmerize
his listeners by giving them a mix of afro pop,afro soul, rnb and even lamba of
which in the opinion of some wasn’t well delivered thus making the album a not
so incredible and fantastic one. Fireboy’s album is dominantly centered on a
love theme of which they were also some songs that were out of place but we could
just accept and work with it due to its commercial potential. Then again Fireboy
gives his listeners a taste of his ‘fire’ as he displays his song writing
prowess and charm all through the album.
the album outlines the need for melody and an appropriate climax in afro beats
songs but there are some weaknesses in it as it seems Fireboy desperately wants
to make it to the radio and clubs with his attempts on lamba but it wasn’t a
bad attempt as he shows his versatility in song writing and delivery.
comprehensive approach to this album would be looking at the tracks in it
individually according to the tracklist arrangement and it goes as thus;
YOU is the first song on this album as the rhythm was more or less a mix of
both Jon Bellion and Adekunle Gold. The predominant rnb feeling in the song
with the seasoned infusion of the acoustic guitar later on blended with amazing
electric fusions exposes the rnb feel in the song. This song starts off the
album on a rather slow and cool pace giving the listeners a cool and
interesting start to the journey; Love Tears And Goosebumps also leaving the listeners
curious as to what lies ahead.
VIBRATION on the other hand is a more
pop-oriented beat blended with piano chords of late 2010s EDM with background guitar
chords and trumpet melodies. Fireboy does very well to deliver a
not-too-lyrical piece to this work of art where in for songs like this, the
lyrical content is the least of the concerns for the listeners.
comes next and I can say first of all that the beat of the song produced by
pheelz lacks the adequate melody that would have made it an exceptional track
as it is basically a dancehall upbeat kind of song which would perfectly suit a
feature like Niniola. The young singer did well in his attempt to affirm his
versatility in any genre. “Rhythm Makulayo”, the background voice was
a very interesting add in the song coupled with the electric vibes employed in
the song made the song very engaging. Constructively speaking, the song-make of
a whole defied the singer’s attempt to display his versatility.
JEALOUS which saw the talented singer, Fireboy
DML climb up the fame ladder is a love song with a rich afrobeat sound. The intro
of this one is quite engaging and inviting as it gives the listeners a cue in
their anticipation of the song. The song portrayed a unique afro sound as it is
fascinating to hear something that sounds quite different from most songs out
there. The song portrays an emotional guy who starts off a new relationship and
becomes so hooked and ” loving up” rather quickly. This track has an amazing
seemed to be the balance point of the whole album. With the lyrics; “I get
shy when I look at you but I no be bolo”,
this song renders a rather sensual atmosphere and appeals more to those in love
and encourages the “energy” transmitted between lovers. Only those in
love would understand, lol.
DO; When listening to this song, I couldn’t help but think about Adekunle Gold
as it sounds to me something Gold can do but in a more refined way. It is a dreamy
rnb song built on a pop beat with tungba percussion, I really appreciate
P-prime for this piece of work. The high tide of the song for me is after the
last bridge which saw the 22 year old display such vocal dexterity coupled with
his adlibs and falsetto as it was delivered on such multi-sonic ambient. My goodness!
Fireboy better be proud as it is one of my favourites of the album.
GBOS, the afrobeat arrangement which Fireboy succeeds to transform into a kind
of “afro n b” genre shows once again his ability to flow with
anything given to him. The phrase “gbas gbos” which is dominantly
understood among the younger population could be said to have originated from
this slow pop which shows great potentials to compete with club domineering
OMO OLOGO is a song which shows very weak
lyrical content but a kind of desperation to be described as one of the
“tingbamgbam” singers. If I didn’t know Fireboy, would have said he is
a Marlian having the flow with the likes of Zlatan, Naira Marley and what have
you. Left to me, I would say this song has nothing to do with this album as it
totally looses touch with the theme of the album and Fireboy would have to be
careful as some listeners get cynical towards copy-catism.
LIFE describes the perception of Fireboy towards life. This particular track
has a kind of juju feel also owing to the background vocals coupled with the
slow pop aura. Personally, there was no much need for this song as there was already
a “gbas gbos” and a “wait and see” and so the inclusion of
this song was unnecessary and it reduced the enjoyment of the album.
“I need you to feel my love in your soul” sounds like a line that
could easily resonate into the minds of the hearers. It depicts a love
enthusiast who got tired of the friend zone label by his crush as he wants much
more than that. Fireboy’s creative rendition of this song could be tagged as an
I SAY is already making massive airwaves on the trending charts. This song is
no doubt one of the best songs off the
Love Tears and Goosebumps album. If there is any song that can give a real
‘goosebump’, it’s this song.
originally released in 2018 of which a video was graciously released to the
fans, it showcases Fireboy’s vocal range and consistency as a good songwriter.
The 22 year shows a bit of humour in this piece with the phrase; ” fine
boy wey sabi sing again” stating that he is the complete package-a
spec,lol. Fireboy shows his creativity once again in this song.
AND SEE clearly depicts the dreams and aspirations of the talented singer, Adedamola
p.k.a Fireboy coupled with the discouragements and down talks of those around
him. To end the journey through this album, Fireboy releases this soul serenading
song, which exposes his hope for his musical career and journey.
the title of the album; Love Tears and Goosebumps is actually an overrated title
for this amazing layout of music, which happens to be the debut album of the talent,
Fireboy. Although, the album is a very good one as it is a mid-tempo between
88-117bpm with urban and traditional sounds of which most of the songs were
delivered on the same key but nothing really exceptional as such and it would
be very accepted and circulated by the majority as it shows great prospects for
this fast rising star and the sky would only be the starting point for this
phenomenal singer if he keeps the pace and even ups his game. This album saw
the likes of producers like pheelz, p-prime and the likes.
Fireboy better feel really satisfied with this album as it consists of potential hits of which a good number of them are already well known among the youth populace. The production and mastering was also topnotch and I rate this album a 7/10 as it’s a really good one from Fireboy.