Some Nights I Dream of Doors

Obongjayar - Some Nights I Dream of Doors
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2022 Ratings: #233 / 330
User Score
Based on 85 ratings
2022 Ratings: #86
Liked by 4 people
May 13, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
September / Label
Barney Lister / Producer
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Loud and Quiet
Obongjayar shares immensely personal experiences and anxieties with such skill that the listener is able to recognise themself in his words. With this assured debut, Obongjayar declares himself as an important artist; you don’t want to sleep on this guy.
80
DIY
His distinctive voice, ranging from guttural lows to a glittering falsetto, is the tool he uses to sculpt out his vast sonic vision.
80
Clash

‘Some Nights I Dream of Doors’ may shed the crudity that helped build intrigue around Obongjayar, but there’s enough here to excite the faithfuls and attract new members to ‘OB Dream Corp’.

70
Slant Magazine
The U.K.-based rapper-singer’s debut album homes in on his Nigerian roots, combining American R&B with African rhythms.
70
Crack Magazine

Rather than rush out what we might have expected on his debut, Umoh displays the mark of an artist growing in confidence: the capacity to try something exposing and uncertain. Thankfully, he succeeds.

60
The Skinny

Obongjayar's distinctive voice and incredible energy guide his debut album, Some Nights I Dream of Doors, but at times it feels restrained.

SusAmog
92

obongjayar's long-awaited debut takes the sounds of his homeland in nigeria, western soul sounds, and his unique, gravelly voice, and gives us this ice cream swirl of an album.

and god, it is delicious.

i will say im relatively biased; its always nice to root for a fellow nigerian

but this is still very good

TheCarioca
75

Try - 5/5 ❤
Message in a Hammer - 3/5
Parasite - 4/5
Some Nights I Dream of Doors - 3/5
Wrong for It - 3/5
Sugar - 5/5 ❤
My Life Can Change Today (Interlude) - 3/5
New Man - 3/5
All the Difference - 3/5
Tinko Tinko (Don't Play Me for a Fool) - 3/5
I Wish It Was Me - 5/5 ❤
Wind Sailor - 5/5 ❤

thesauceseattle
67

A true mixed bag. "Tinko Tinko (Don't Play Me for a Fool)" is a masterful falsetto bop. His guttural way of singing on some of the opening tracks? Not my thing. In my mind, this album didn't shift Obongjayar away from a singles-artist for me. I'm sorry to say I didn't appreciate the whole album.

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Added on: February 3, 2022