P-square: A Familiar Invasion
How do you improve a working formula? According to Peter and Paul you don’t.
The twin brothers are back for the fifth time in 10 years and if you missed any of the previous instalments, relax, nothing has changed. Just slot in the cd and you are transported back into their history, one replete with weak lyrics, weak singing, weak imitation of popular songs, average beats, and strong packaging. Yes the brothers might not be wildly imaginative but they do know a lot of packaging- more thought was put into the cd cover and costume than the entire album lyrics.
That is not to say some things have not been added. They are still not hitting anything near high notes but, perhaps to show they are song writers they have decided to add the lyric sheet to the package. But not to worry, your favourite group has not turned into overnight intellectuals, the group who once sang, “I’m standing all alone, on my own” has not changed. This from the published lyrics of Asa Mkpokoto: “You pretending you love me de hurt me, while you de job me? Suddenly you’re using my head.”
See? Yours forever, P-square.
At least they have solved the conundrum about who writes their lyrics. Over to you, Tuface…
There is also some diversity on who to imitate. In the past the Craig David, Keith Sweat. Almost distinctly, Savage Garden is here on the hook on the first song, Beautiful Onyinye, a song that is a follow up to the success of Ifunanya and No One Be like You both that are used in weddings. If the matrimonial use of the earlier versions was inadvertent, trust the boys, there would be no ambiguity this time- they let this one goes all out, ”Nne meh na the girl I wan marry/the girl I wan carry” later the song implores the in laws to wombolo wombolo eh– whatever that means. The boys just don’t stop.
The album is not only a throwback to where music has been, it is also a face of what is. The present techno beat craze finds a spot too, actually several spots: Jeje and Anything.
There are no musical or lyrical achievements here, if you like a song here it is because you have liked an earlier T-Pain or Plantashun Boiz or Faze or even P-Square song. The real achievement is how they have survived this long on the same formula.
But really, what do they care? They pretty much summarised their ‘mission statement’ on the title track from their last album: “Them say, who say? Na dem go tire eh. We still dey hammer eh…”