The Journey is the debut offering from Sean Tizzle (Tiz), whose massive 2013 summer jam, Sho’le, set him up as one of the bankable up and coming artists on the notoriously fickle Naija music scene.
There wasn’t much perceptible anticipation for the album’s release and that has worked out well for the artist. He stayed under the radar to deliver what is the album of the year thus far.
A 17 track album that does much to demonstrate what the ‘Afro Beats’ genre is about; a collection of top notch beats that hint at the producer’s interest in posterity. I’d stack D’Tunes’ production on this album against any of those old school joints the older generation rave about. The work laid by dude cannot be underrated, his hunger is evident, there’s no stand out track, every song appears to be crafted with the same attention as the last; live instrumentation is finally given its well deserved place on an album and if Tiz hones the live performance aspect of his art, he won’t disappoint any audience.
There are too many good songs to choose from but the album reaches stellar heights with Loke Loke, featuring the increasingly husky 9ice, Perfect Gentleman, Kilogbe Remix, Arewa, Mama Eh, I Got It, Igi Orombo (feat. Tiwa Savage)
It’s at first glance, overlong. This is seems to be the standard practice for Nigerian albums, 15 track plus releases that’ll work better if pared down. I don’t have any complaints here though, sans the unnecessary Kilogbe (because the remix is a more interesting delivery of the track and it differs only from the original in that it features appearances by Reminisce and Olamide) I’ll gladly take the album as is. Oh, KCee, Ice Prince and Naeto C did not do their guest spots justice but never mind that, the beats and Tiz himself carry the songs, so you won’t notice.
In sum, I’ll refer to the song ‘Duro’, he ask tentatively if an object of his affection will keep him or leave, though he’s talking about or to a nameless fleet footed chick, I’d posit that the question is aimed at an easily distracted audience. And we should keep him, The Journey has shown that the boy is no fly by night artist, he’s got his eye firmly on the prize.
Tiz and D’Tunes have made such good music here, I’ll be playing the album for a long time and I suspect the same goes for most people who buy it and you should buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
IV/V. (I would have given it a V but there’s room for improvement, he must resist the temptation to give into gibberish lyrics, he’d be doing himself a disservice because he’s much better, so much more)