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REVIEW: ‘Voicenotes’ – Charlie Puth

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!

For more about Charlie check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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