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Review: Zlatan – Wake Up

by on December 11, 2019
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Length

3:31

Plot Synopsis

A solemn afro-pop song

Verses

2

 

Zlatan’s debut album, Zanku To The World came out in November and it didn’t pull so much traction as a Zlatan single would do. Wake Up is the first track of the album that serves as an intro to the album. The record was produced by Spellz.

Watch the video below:

Positives

The song started with African percussions playing different rhythms, with the most prominent being the bell sound playing the famous 'woro' rhythm. A saxophone melody was also added at the beginning and the scenery immediately took me to church. Spellz made a very solemn and blissful instrumental that resonates with your soul.
The lyrical composition was in line with the production style, as Zlatan reminded us of his struggles and how his parent's prayers kept him going.

Negatives

Zlatan's delivery was a little awkward, to be honest. It's like the instrumental wasn't meant for him. His vocal dexterity and delivery didn't match the solemness of the instrumental. Well, he rapped some nice verses, but his singing was shambolic. There's a certain level of smoothness and calmness that we expected on this song that we didn't seem to get. He should have probably employed a smooth vocalist to help with the chorus.

Editor Rating
 
Lyrics
7.6

 
Vocals
4.7

 
Melody
6.2

 
Originality
6.3

 
Instrmentals/Beats
6.8

Total Score
6.3

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Soundstroke recommends that you listen to the song for the story and not for the aesthetics.

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