REVIEW: Ayra Starr releases ‘The Year I Turned 21’ sophomore album

Ayra Starr is out with her studio album, The Year I Turned 21 (TYIT21).

Afropop sensation Ayra Starr released her second studio album, “The Year I Turned 21 (TYIT21),” on March 31, 2024. The album is a blended masterpiece featuring 15 tracks.

The groove and charm of the project grow on its listeners. It’s not a ‘cut to the chase’ project but is carefully put together to build gradually as you tune up.

“Birds Song of Money” introduces a strong, local tribute to the music prodigy, transitioning to a pop-like beat.  “Goodbye” with Asake brings that “home feeling” with the sound of the saxophone accompanied by heavy kicks.

“Woman Commando” resonates Rema’s 2019 hit “Commando” – a mix of subtle bragging and good vibes. In it, she features Anita and Coco Jones, who represent bold figures and pride of the female gender.

As a perfectionist, “Control” flows like a freestyle created in front of fans, featuring familiar hooks like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Go…go”.

The next track, “Lagos Love Story,” blends local pop elements with Afro melodies. As the name suggests, it tells a love story. “21” is very introspective and reflective. It reviews her journey from the beginning to now, showing her self-affirmation and strength developed over the years. She sees how much she has achieved.

Bad Vibez has the potential to produce a solid street credibility and announcement. The Amapiano smash accompanied by Seyi Vibez’ vocals is splendid

Jazzy’s Song is the height for me. It mirrors Wande Coal’s 2008 ‘You Bad‘. The bang, the feel, the groove, the sensation, and the memories it brings to life are perfect. It’s a 10 and the classic piece to kick-start a perfect TikTok challenge.

In all these, “The Year I Turned 21” celebrates Ayra Starr’s growth and hints at her bright future as a global superstar. Her talent is clear for all to see, and her dedication to her dreams shines through every song. With each achievement, Ayra Starr shows she’s a powerful presence in African music, and this album strengthens her role as a leading voice.

The Year I Turned 21” is a must-listen for anyone who loves good music. Ayra Starr has truly delivered, and it looks like this is just the beginning for her.

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