After taking 3 years to express herself, Simi finally drops To Be Honest (TBH), “My ultimate goal is not just for the album to be loved, It’s to create a project that makes me happy and that I want people to hear. I’m happy to be able to express myself exactly the way that I want.”
Nigerian singer-songwriter Simi’s evolution in the half-decade since she first captured mainstream imagination with “Jamb Question” has been impressive. Simisola, from 2017, combined pop bombast with technical virtuosity.
Her sophomore LP, hit No. 5 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. 2019’s Omo Charlie Champagne, Vol. 1 was a stirring reflection on the shifting landscape of her life and experimental releases like 2020’s RESTLESS II buffed her artistic credentials.
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On TBH (To Be Honest), a project three years in the making-SIMI contemplates love, gratitude and betrayal with a set of edgy songs that run the gamut of emotions. She gives in to vivid expressionism here, gleefully calling out haters (“No Joy”), revisiting her origins (“Story Story”) and pondering the essence of life in tandem with husband Adekunle Gold (“Balance”).
Listen and Enjoy!