I have heard many songs that tried fusing several genres into one, but none as catchy as S. Sponji Living’s I Love You, at least not in a long while. I Love You is the promotional track for His Imperial Majesty, the album that marks the man’s re-entry into the music industry.
I Love You opens up with a tantalizing blend of the guitar and intriguing beats. That is what caught my attention the first time. The way each note flows into the next to form a smooth Dancehall tune makes the song a joy to listen to. I think I could listen to the tunes on their own all day. But S. Sponji Living does not disappoint with his vocals either. In a mix of exotic lyrics sung in English, French and Spanish, the man from Cote d’Ivoire declares his love for the woman he wants to marry. His soulful yet powerful voice is persuading as he tells his love to forget her jealousy because he loves her. The words of the singer are entrancing. However, it is the clever fusion of Latin Dancehall, hip-hop and reggae that held me from the first note to the last.
By any standards, any song that crosses over the 4-minute threshold is long. I Love You is long but the surprising bit is that you don’t even notice the song is coming to an end until the last note dies out and you are left asking for more. Everything about this multilingual ballad is inviting; the delicious and volatile vocals, guitar solos that catch you unaware, beats that make you want to do to the cha-cha, and the perfect complement of the vocals and instrumentals.
If you have an eclectic taste in music, then you would love this track. I can’t wait to hear what other instant classics S. Sponji Living has hidden in the rest of his album!