You might not like Brymo’s Twitter persona but there’s really no gainsaying his talent. He shot into limelight after singing that all too famous chorus on “Oleku” with Ice Prince.
It hasn’t been a straight path for him since then and his career was put on hold during a bitter battle with his former record label, Chocolate.
Perhaps the real proof of Brymo’s genius was his third studio album, ‘Merchants, dealers and slaves‘ a beautiful composition that had the title song and ‘Eko‘ as standout songs. It was simply put- a masterpiece.
Its usually a hard ask to follow up a great album with something even decent, ask 9ice! The follow up album to MDS was doubly important because it was the album released following his split with the Choc boys.
Tabular Rasa was a good follow up with ‘Je le o si mi’ as his standout single.
Brymo’s fifth studio album had drawn attention long before its release because of its sexual title, Klitoris- surely this needs no explaining.
The album naturally begins with a song with another sexual reference.
As far as opening tracks go, its one of the best you’ll find. Brymo’s soothing voice begs entreats you to “Love me, leave me naked”.
Naked is surprisingly lyrically strong and sets the tone for high expectations.
Definitely a 9/10 for me
Dem Dey Go
This song is so beautiful it almost made me cry. It totally works and it is my favorite song on the album. It’s sort of difficult to tell exactly what makes this song special, its like a perfect meat pie (look away now Mr Biggs meat pie), every thing just comes together.
We are born
And then we’re gone
Nobody lives forever
It’s alright and then it’s not
Freedom is a kind of prison
Dem dey go, Dem dey go
Dem dey go
Dem de fight, Dem de quarrel
Dem dey go
I like how the lyrics touch on the transient nature of life and existence, Brymo definitely has the lyrics pat down throughout the album.
I like how he also goes Martin Luther halfway through the song
I can see the future
Oh I can see
Where the people see
What the people need
I have a dream Oh
I have a dream
To see the people free
From the pain within
Like Naeto C, this one na 10/10
I played this song repeatedly in the hopes of liking it but the truth is, it sort of feels like just one of them album fillers. I couldn’t quite figure what was wrong with the song, but it just felt off, sort of like paying 103 million for Pogba or playing Daley Blind as a Central Defender.
Decent jam all around though.
Ko S’aya Mi
This ballad shows Brymo’s mastery of Yoruba language. You just want to open your trunk, wear your aso oke and bust a move or two.
My Yoruba isn’t the best around so I can’t help with a translation.
This Afrobeat feel song is upbeat and even had me shaking my usually stiff waist. Again, if you’re big on knowing what songs mean, you’d need an understanding of Yoruba for that chorus.
It doesn’t take anything away from the song though and it sort of reminds you of Fela.
Let’s Make Love
The sexual references continue here and there’s something eerily familiar, it almost sounds like a song you’ve heard before.
“take me away from this place
lets me be brave and to stay
i wanna be free, free, free
help me to see what’s free to feel”
It also feels a little bit too short if you ask me. A soft 7/10
Something Good Is Happening
Finally! Something a lot more upbeat! The beat on this song works wonders and Lord knows this is totally my jam. Its perfect for that ‘oyinbo’ kind of dance that requires you just moving like a headless chicken- not the Terry G type.
“wo bata se se, wo fila sori ko se bi olowo”
Its similar to the message of Falz’s workaholic, “as you dey hustle, you dey work, make you no forget to dey ball. Life is sweeter when we learn to dey cherish the things we get”
A solid 8/10
Billion Naira Dream
Although this song is good, it is unremarkable and is perfect for when you probably want to fall asleep. Again, it sounds like some other song I can’t quite place a finger on!
Almost like eating Nigerian short bread, you might enjoy it, but you know the real thing is somewhere out there (and way more expensive).
“The future you speak of is here, the hour of harvest is near. I’m telling stories in the song I sing, searching for glory in the life I live”
The keyboard on this song is just beautiful, no I’m not crying, just chopping onions while I’m writing this review. Stoners will like this one for how it just exhorts you to get high (don’t do drugs kids)
Let us get high
We still have to night
Yesterday is for the memories
And everything is al-right
Take a break from reality
And take a fly to mas
So let us get high
Before fall from the sky
Another perfect song here folks. 10/10
The Way the Cookie Crumbles
I love, love, love this song. It forever has me bopping my head as Brymo says “its the way the cookie crumbles…the cookie crumbles”. Not your typical Nigerian jam but a solid jam nonetheless.
Even though it touches on the serious, its still very enjoyable, “We’re living on the edge of darkness We’re looking for a place called happiness We’re living in the capsule of time And no smile can clear this sadness”
The Girl From New York
Really short outro with really arresting dark sound. It seems more like an interlude than an outro and there’s honestly not much to judge here because it ends just as you’re really beginning to enjoy it.
I totally enjoyed this album. In an era where most Nigerian albums are just lazy compilations of pangolo-esque and cliche party songs, Brymo’s sound is unique and his lyrics are actually amazing.
If you’re worried that the Yoruba elements might throw you off, don’t be! Brymo sort of just makes it work.
Overall, Klitoris is a solid 8/10.