Song review- rainy days by sound sultan
When I first heard the song ’rainy days’ by sound sultan I was like, ‘’hell yeah here we go again, another artist tryna commit suicide by singing rock’’. One of my firm rules in music is simple: stick to what you know and do it very well. Apparently it seems sound sultan has other ideas, and for good measure too.
Where do I start? Is it the lyric, the melody or the instrumentation? Everything was on point. The Naija ninja couldn’t have sung it any better. Even the message carrying content was top notch and reminiscent of the days of the popular ‘mathematics’ song to the soulful ‘area’ joint as well.
The first verse is to the imaginary bloke who has a job and who has been working for donkey years and hasn’t been saving enough to secure his future for the rainy days (which could only mean in the event that he lost his job or got retired. The next imaginary sets of individuals were surprisingly sound sultan’s colleagues in the music industry (bet none of them saw that coming!). He also admonished them to save for their future as well, cuz the rainy days would soon come. This could have only meant that they shouldn’t think they would be relevant in the industry forever, hence the need to look ahead towards securing a bright future, now that’s deep! The last imaginary person was the campus girl who loved to frolic with rich men. Sound sultan didn’t say anything further but I guess he deliberately left it that way for the listener’s imagination to ‘fill in the gaps’(and am very sure almost all of us knew what he didn’t have the space to say there).
He goes on to offer the same kinda advice to other groups-which included the ‘ajebo’ imitator-in the second verse before singing the chorus again as expected so he could head on to the bridge. The standout line for me was ‘’person wey dey drink garri get plan o, make you no dey underrate poor man o’’. This was at the bridge just before the chorus. Those lines need no explanation; I guess they speak loudly for themselves.
To say that this is just a good song would be an understatement, this joint for me is one of his very best and am really impressed by his ingenuity. Every line of the joint was written in pidgin English, except the chorus and a line referring to the ajebo imitator and ‘Mr I pass my neighbor.’ The drumming and the lead guitar sounds which were the most prominent of the sounds in the song were put together properly and none of them was louder than each other. This is really commendable because most rock songs are particular about this rule in their instrumentation and for a Nigerian sound engineer to get his right while mixing, deserves praise.
Conclusively, I think it was a properly written and well recorded joint and a pace setter in Naija rock music. What do you think? Leave your comments below please. Thanks
Original post submitted by "Tweezy tha Bohemian"