Charlie Puth released his second studio album “Voicenotes” recently and here’s what to expect.
by Mark Keen
I must admit I have developed a bit of a (middle aged) crush on Charlie Puth, but don’t tell him if you bump into him. After a highly successful debut album “Nine Track Mind” in 2016 including the massive “See You Again” and other hits such as “Marvin Gaye”, “One Call Away” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore”, Charlie moved onto his sophomore album. I’m not usually a fan of male singer songwriters, but Charlie has changed that.
His “Voicenotes” album was an attempt to capture the sound of the late 1980s and akin to the music of Babyface and Jam & Lewis, which is perhaps why I particular like the album, which hit the top ten in the UK and US earlier in the year. The first single “Attention” was huge hitting the top ten in the UK and US as well as across the world.
“How Long” would be the follow up single, also hitting the top ten in the UK, although not making the same impact in the US. The video shows Charlie’s ability to float in mid air and he does it with much more grace and style than that squirt from One Direction. The third single which has gone under the radar was “Done For Me”, which missed the top 40 in the UK.
However, my main goal of writing this little review is to encourage you to catch the most recent single “The Way I Am” which has again been criminally ignored. The charts frustrate me these days, but that is me probably showing my age. With a great video where Charlie looks rather hot combined with introspective and autobiographical lyrics it really is worth checking out.
Other interesting songs include a duet with James Taylor on “Change” and “If You Leave Me Now” which features a performance from Boyz II Men. The album has been described as ‘perfect pop’ so go find it. Check out “Nine Track Mind” as well whilst you’re at it. That must be the best name for an album in quite some time. By the way Charlie’s middle name is Otto which adds to the cute factor!