Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Omah Lay – Godly

But not as godly a score…


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Thomas Inskeep: The track for “Godly,” by young Nigerian Afrobeats singer Omah Lay, is alright, but his voice is Auto-Tuned to hell, which makes the listening experience not altogether pleasant.
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Alfred Soto: Not often a hindrance, Auto-Tune smothers the modest charms of this burbling number. 
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Jacob Sujin Kuppermann: The beat, in all of its clanging percussion and ominous keyboard presets, does not nearly do Omah Lay justice. I’d almost prefer this in some hyper-stripped down serpentwithfeet a cappella style– he does enough interesting stuff here with layered call-and-response vocals to make everything else seem extraneous. For now, he’s content to weave in between the clutter of the beat, making his melody heard regardless.
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Nortey Dowuona: Omah Lay’s voice stumbles and occasionally pierces the thin, porous synths that buoy it, but he’s still able to make it across.
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Samson Savill de Jong: “Godly” is a vibe song: mellow and calm, but interesting enough if you listen to it closely. But I think you’re meant to just flow along with the song, rather than think about it too much. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it — in fact, it’s technically very well put together — but it doesn’t leave me with much of an impression.
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Katherine St Asaph: A track with the nocturnal, vaguely seedy atmospherics of early-’10s electro-R&B, over which Omah Lay does just enough.
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