Album Review: Mickael Guirand Vayb Game Over
Whenever someone used to be associated with a band and they form a group of their own, it’s always a thing to see. One only need to look at pop music history. Lionel Richie forming his own band after leaving The Commodores, Diana Ross going solo with her own backing band after parting ways with the Supremes if we’re going to go back in time for instances. Nicole Nicole Scherzinger with Eden Crush before the Pussycat Dolls and Justin Timberlake, formerly of a group called NSync, are some other examples that come to mind. So when former Carimi lead-singer Mickael Guirand who’s in an alternative market known as konpa, it’s hard not to be curious.
Stepping out with thirteen tracks (one is a briefly-spoken intro), Guirand proves that the voice is still there and the musical identity as the leader of Vayb is developing.
On the album’s cover art, Guirand is at a gaming table in an upscale casino, looks like. He’s dressed in a stylish suit, his head tilted to the side as if he is nonchalant as to the overall outcome of the game.
Why do people stay in bad relationships? The narrator in “Fo’m Alé” (Gots to Go) is so ready to go and is not about to become a research statistic. The relationship has run its course; countless changes were handed over to no avail? What’s a man to do? Ale! The drama continues in “Ou Pa Nan Plas Mwen (You Ain’t in My Place). “I used to be your umbrella,” the narrator states, and recounts the countless times in the relationship when he gave and gave, and gave of himself until he was practically drained. His partner was taking and taking, and never giving, just giving out more expectations and not appreciating what was already given. Resentment grew until he couldn’t take it anymore. And on top of everything, he’s being dragged by her; she’s spreading stories in their. Now that’s some serious mechanste, ain’t it ya’ll? But why the narrator got to get all critical, talking about she never brooms and her giving him salty food. Lawdy. Go out in style man…all the way. Dude just had to throw shade regarding the girl’s housekeeping skills. I’m starting to doubt the narrator’s integrity. He goes on and on about all his sacrifices, but apparently cooking for his girl was not among them. Dude, you should have cooked and bale, and make manje that wasn’t sale, then you can criticize the chick.
So Vayb has a second lead singer, known as Scooby. Interesting. And that’s him singing lead on the song “Je ferai” (I Will). I definitely dig this song. The lyrics of the song contend that we must be willing to give others second chances. Is that a metaphor for Vayb itself? The narrator promises to be a good man if he’s given a second chance. And with all that pleasurable begging and pleading, he should be given one last chance! Know one of the pleasures of life? Knowing that you have someone to come home to, or someone who you can wait on to come home to welcome you. But what happens when you’re promised a date and you’re ghosted? That’s the story line in “Poto” (Pole). He was given all the right signals. He was anticipating a hot date, sprayed and bathed in cologne, and poof! The girl is a no-show. Can I get a podyab?
Wait, ain’t that Wanito on this song? Can’t tell you great it was to hear the singer Wanito on a new track. He’s been playing hide-and-seek artistically from what I can see. The song in question is “Se wé ya wé nou” (Guess They’ll Be Seeing Us). The track is about opposites who attract. Everyone is convinced that they won’t last, but the couple proves the longevity of their love, and shut down all their naysayers. Well!
Thus far, Game Over is delivering, but it isn’t over!
Stay tuned for PART II of the album review of the Mickael Guirand Vayb Game Over album. Meanwhile…
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