Album: The Lasso of Truth
Producers: Cobhams Asquo, Sizzle Pro, Don Jazzy, Oscar Herman Acker, Young D, Sarz & Soso Soberekon
Guest Appearances: Flavour, Tuface Idibia, Timaya, Wizkid & Afay
Label: Oma Records (2013)
Running Time: 46.5 minutes
The Lasso of Truth is an imaginary weapon employed by DC Comics Super heroine Wonder Woman, originally named The Magic Lasso of Aphrodite, it is usually referred to as the Magic Lasso or Golden Lasso and forces anyone it captures to obey and tell the truth. Omawumi sits her self in the place of a super woman who exudes power through her vocal strength employed in the classic sophomore album. ‘Wonder Woman’ was the debut album that introduced the star singer into the limelight. Lasso of Truth in Omawumi’s viewpoint depicts the clout behind her singing that can compel any listener to be spellbound by her enthralling voice.
Undeniably the curse of the sophomore album eluded the singer in the 12 extra ordinary tracks that boasts of seven successful hit tracks ‘If You Ask Me’, ‘I Go Go’, ‘You Must Love Me’, ‘Warn Yourself’, ‘Stay Alive’ and ‘Belle’.
‘If You Ask Me’ was a brainy idea for an intro to the album. The Jazz-like melody inspired by James Brown’s timeless piece ‘I Feel Good’ hits the right melodious note at the same time pointing out the tenacious issue of child molestation in the society.
The highlight of the LP was ‘Belle’ featuring highlife maestro, Flavour and Omawumi’s baby girl to add a certain emotional spice to every listeners hearing. The rhythm commands movement different from the original ‘Herbert Udemba’ version.
A few niggles and unnecessary additions in ‘When The Boss Is Coming’ the Nigerian movie-like themed track was so much noise everywhere. Omawumi’s intention may have been a show off of talent and versatility which may be termed a show off of talent and versatility gone wrong. The lyrics to the Sizzle pro beat were inspiring and definitely a first of its kind. Nevertheless, it could have been better.
‘Stay Alive’ was my favourite track of them all, the lyrics to the slow-paced song depicts the day-to-day glitches a middling Nigerian has to wrestle with to ensure comfort,
”No be today we don tey on top this matter
So everyone knows times are hard
You make plans and e scatter
Your dreams shatter…
The latter verse encourages any listener to live effortlessly. There was something about her high-pitched voice that compels any listener to stay alive.
‘Warn Yourself’ featuring Star Boy CEO, Wizkid was a major club anthem in 2013. The vocals, Instrumentals and lyrics are the perfect recipe to a major hit. ‘Warn Yourself’ has no age restriction and can be enjoyed by the young and old. No one does it better than Omawumi when it comes to humour fused with music.
No doubt, Omawunmi still remains the ‘Wonder Woman’