From pop to rhythm and blues, Charlie Puth explores a whole new world of music in his latest studio album, VoiceNotes. This musical letter of disenfranchisement with modern LA party life holds strong throughout all thirteen songs.
The record has a little something for everyone, in the best possible way. From disco-esque tones in the sultry Slow It Down to a pure gospel sound in Through It All, VoiceNotes gives us a full feel of what Puth has to offer through the different types of music he is capable of singing. LA Girls and Somebody Told Me can’t be overlooked either with their more modern pop sounds, while avoiding the classic elements that make songs “radio-friendly” these days.
In a lot of ways, this album reminds me of Neon Trees’ Pop Psychology. It’s got a lot to offer with amazing vocals and doesn’t seem to fit quietly in one genre.
My favorite track has to be BOY. It easily has some of the coolest vocals I have heard all year. The complicated falsetto of the chorus has become a staple of Charlie’s songs, but with BOY he reaches heights I never expected of him. It’s a dreamlike sensation that will have me reaching for those high notes every time I put this on in the car.
VoiceNotes feels like a great step in a good direction, not only for his music, but also his image. I’ve been waiting since I first heard silky falsetto at the end of Furious7 to have him create an album dedicated to where his belongs. It’s this R&B, 90s pop style that is the sweet spot. While VoiceNotes provides plenty of potential of chart topping pop songs that I really enjoy, the standouts of this second record are definitely the ones that allow him to flourish vocally.
From debuting in mainstream pop music with See You Again to a Meghan Trainor duet, now to VoiceNotes, this rising star has reached the mainstage and proven that he gets better every time he releases something new. I can’t wait to see where he goes next.