No Filler Tunes Here, All Hits, & A+ Production
I didn't think I'd like this album, but while looking for some new tunes, I came across it and decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I really like it. I think any song is radio-hit certain, and I would argue that the songs already released as singles (as of 6/6/18) aren't even the strongest songs on the album. Plus, the production is impeccable! I noticed that right away, especially when listening with headphones. There are so many neat details. And then I found out that he does a lot (if not all?) of it by himself! He has an incredible ear and knack for production! I get the R&B vibe, but I also hear a lot of 80s pop. Like, I love "Somebody Told Me," and the chorus reminds me of something Kenny Loggins or Rick Springfield would've come up with. Aside from that song in particular, I think the strongest tracks are "BOY," "Empty Cups," "The Way I Am," and "If You Leave Me Now" with Boyz II Men. In fact, if this was 1995 and that song was released, it'd be #1 for months, rivaling the Mariah Carey/Boyz II Men collaboration "One Sweet Day." The harmonies are crazy good! But I have listened to this whole album many times, and it's one that you can play start to finish and never have to skip a track. No filler. All great songs. I guess I'm showing up at the Charlie party a bit late, but I've gone back to listened to Nine Track Mind, which is really well put together too. But I would bet you'd be hard pressed to find an album this year that is better put together than Voicnotes. Charlie knows what he's doing, and the album prompted me to look up interviews with him to see what he's like. I have noticed that while he endures the standard interview questions very kindly and humbly, he loves talking about the intricacies of the songs and their production. You can tell that's where his passion is, and when you listen to the album it's all the more obvious. Great job.