For the past one year, Davido’s sound transcendent sophomore album, A Good Time has served as an anchor for his career. Fully equipped with more relatable stories, richer experiences and longer tentacles, the entertainer returns today, evolved in several ramifications on his third album, A Better Time, an ode to the feats he has recorded since he released the former, around this time last year.
Led by two previously released hit singles including Fem and the tepid, So Crazy, A Better Time can simply be described as a hurried but necessary comeback for an artist like Davido who’s prone to comebacks. This time however, his bite is projected as realistic experiences the entire world has lived through with him since 2019. Tracks like Jowo, the Nicki Minaj assisted Holy Ground and Very Special among others speak to the love he’s enjoyed as an engaged man. His ever present boastful spirit shines through on others like the Chris Brown and Young Thug assisted Shopping Spree while his heightened passion for entertainment is projected on Tanana featuring Tiwa Savage and his responsibilities as a Father and label leader are referenced on the likes of The Best.
A combination of a whooping seventeen tracks, nothing less than the number of tracks on A Good Time and in the communality that’s led him to share his success and charm with a myriad of artists over the years, Davido splits the seventeen tracks on A Better Time across a diverse range of themes powered by different musicians fit for these themes. Nicki Minaj dazzles even as she blends with the Afropop sound on Holy Ground, Mayorkun earns his Mayor of Lagos title on The Best, CKay sticks to his charmer script on La La, Tiwa Savage retains her sultriness on Tanana, Nas, Hit-Boy and Lil Baby bless their tracks with their world famous Hip-hop Midas touch while Davido who’s in charge of the features even blends with their sounds and cultures as he’s found speaking Twi on the Mugeez assisted Mebe.
A Better Time is not much of a deviation in sound, style or story for Davido but it’s inspiration and the vivacity with which he performs this time, adds to the album’s flavour, making it indeed a fine revamp of its predecessor.