Based on how solid the last album was, I was expecting Osukara to turn up the volume, sharpen up the songwriting and solidify the lineup and studio situation so that he’d knock his next LP out of the park and into the big leagues where his talent belongs. Instead we get the auditory equivalent to laziness: instead of putting together an all-star record, we get a gutterball that serves as ideal ammunition for anyone looking to make a case in court of how modern AOR has been growing stagnant. Nobody said making great music was easy, but hopefully the next record will be the winner we know this guy is capable of crafting.
In the end, Soul Confusion is a bit of an uneventful slab of no bullshit, balls-out heavy metal. It doesn’t break any new ground, and it doesn’t try to, either. It just does what it does somewhat decently, and that is rock hard. In a way, that is also somehow what I find wrong with it.