RECORD REVIEW: DOUBLE TROUBLE (ALBUM) BY P-SQUARE
As promised, the duo of Peter and Paul Okoye – P-Square, released their sixth album, titled ‘Double Trouble’ last week Friday, September 12, 2014.
In the history of P-Square’s music career, this is the first time they’re altering their album release interval. Their debut album, ‘Last Nite’ was released in 2003, followed by ‘Get Squared’ – 2005; ‘Game Over’ – 2007; ‘Danger’ – 2009 and ‘Invasion’ in 2011. So let’s say, ‘Double Trouble’ came a year after its supposed release date, but was it worth the wait?
Two weeks prior to the full album, the Okoye twins released three appetizing singles: the groovy and oldies inspired, “Ejaojo” ft. T.I, “Shekini” and the motivational “Bring It on” ft. Dave Scott.
If you are yet to listen to the ‘Double Trouble’ album by P-Square, then you might not be able to share your understanding of the title. However, I can tell you for free that it is not a double album release; it could pass as the coalition of two gifted brothers on one album. Perhaps, I missed the memo, and the twins have explained the reason for the album-title. Also worthy of note on this album, is the predominance of Highlife and its catalytic function in the fusion of genres.
I guess it’s safe to say, a P-Square album is incomplete without a couple of love songs. Matter of fact, most female fans adore the duo for their love songs. On ‘Double Trouble’, there’s “Missing You”, “Ifeoma”, “Ogadigide”, and the personally recommended favourite – “Collabo” featuring Don Jazzy.
In addition to the earlier released collaborations with T.I and Dave Scott, P-Square also featured Awilo on a Soukous flavoured song titled “Enemy Solo” and Jermaine Jackson on “Zombie”, an Afrobeat/Pop song.
‘Double Trouble’ is a 13-track album, with three bonus songs – “Testimony”, “Alingo” and “Personally”. It is a good album with a nice fusion of sounds, but some creative people are so good, we won’t compare them with others, rather we will criticize them, based on their previous works. Having said that, I don’t think ‘Double Trouble’ surpasses the feat of P-Square’s past albums.