Monday, March 27, 2023

Music Review: Zlatan’s ‘Resan’ Is A Good But Not A Great Album

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Talented and energetic singer, rapper, and songwriter Zlatan has finally released his much anticipated second studio album titled, Resan.

His sophomore album consists of 12 beautiful songs and it features Davido, Flavour, Phyno, Bella Shmurda, Buju, Ms Banks, Rayvanny, and South Africa’s Sho Madjozi. The first track on this body of work is That Guy and Zlatan sheds light on how he doesn’t want to be that guy who won’t make it at the end of the day. The singer reveals how he has the fear of people talking down at him, if he doesn’t succeed, which is why he works hard to make it in life and in his career. He knows that many people have tried, and failed but he prays every day to God so he doesn’t backslide.
Alubarika features one of the most wanted rising singers, Buju and they both created magic on this track. The combo of these two results in a slow and cheeky melody, that just makes you nod your head unconsciously. Zlatan speaks on relatable issues that the layman faces, but he won’t let them slow him down. Moving on to Level, this street king makes known his love interest, and how she indeed has level. Of course, we didn’t expect anything less from this unique star. If he is to date, we definitely expect him to have the best. This is Bolanle in another dimension.
READ ALSO: Music Review: Buju’s ‘Sorry I’m Late’ Highlights His Determination And Unique Talent
Shakur featuring Ms Banks, is a blend of lady spice, which makes the track before, Levels cute. Zlatan reveals that he won’t kiss and tell because he is dedicated to making his love interest his world. To the extent that he permits her to Shakur. Ms Banks on this piece was just a breath of fresh air.
The moment it was unveiled that Bella Shurmda was on the track, Polongo with Zlatan, we expected nothing short of street madness in an amazing way as usual. This track is like a remix from these two street kings of the original Polongo sang years back. The beat and instrumentation is surely groove worthy. On Egun, the Zanku Records head takes on the Yoruba language to pass across his intention. That spice that languages add to songs never dies, and it is present on this track. He sings a prayer on love and life in general and hopes to see its manifestation. One Life is the perfect extension of the Egun. After saying a prayer, one would rejoice because his prayer has been answered, and Zlatan goes to his root as he uses childhood rhymes to rejoice, saying that he doesn’t want to be money miss road, as he has just one life to live. This is another hit single material because of the level of relatability, and zeal it generates in the listener.
The moment you have a Davido on a track, always expect the best, because he says he is the best. Money has Davido featured on it, and it is once again pure magic. Here we see two young men who shed light on their desire to make, and have money. They both make it clear that they don’t just want to look like they have money, when they don’t have money, but they actually want to have the money, which is why they will work hard. This track is a depiction of what is currently happening in society today, as many are faking it in order to look like they have it.  Listening to Ale Yi, one doesn’t need to ask or wonder why it is a hot single material because it is just beautiful. His lyrics, depth, and unique charm are at their peak. Here he speaks about he won’t kill himself struggling because he wants to make it. He won’t let another man come and eat what he has worked hard for.
READ ALSO: See The Moment DJ Cuppy Put Aside Her Biff With Zlatan And Surprised Him At His Performance In London
This is a call to a lot of people working so hard without remembering that they are just human, at the end of the day. On Fada, we get two powerful features from the East, in persons of Phyno and Flavour; it will surely be explosive. Of course, where Flavour is present, there must always be an Adaobi in the room and that is the focus right here. The trio sing of how they want to meet her Fada because of how great she is. This is wedding song material.
Energy takes us out of the shores of Nigeria, all the way to South Africa with the features of Rayvanny and Sho Madjozi. Just like the title, it is all about power. See Me So rounds up this body of work as predictable as the title. Hearing the title, one would guess that he is about to say that he can’t come and kill himself and that is what he does.
Final Thoughts
Zlatan Resan is not a great album, actually more was expected, because everyone knows how great a singer and performer he is. Resan gets a 5/10 because this street king can and will surely do better. Listen to the album here;

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