Charlie Simpson
Young Pilgrim


3.0
good

Review

by TBliss2 USER (24 Reviews)
March 7th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A hit and miss debut full length.

From the wildly successful bubblegum pop of Busted to the more credible (and vastly darker) melancholic rock of Fightstar, it is certainly fair to say that the career of Charlie Simpson so far has been diverse. So it is not surprising that 'Young Pilgrim' takes yet another musical bearing as Simpson shows us an additional facet to his talents with some folky acoustic numbers.

For the most part, it is a solid first solo effort. Simpsons knack of writing memorable and hooky melodies is in rude health here, especially in the soothing and heartfelt first single 'Down, Down, Down', which progresses from driftingly morose into a joyous, furiously strummed outro. His husky vocals are also continually pleasant, with some impressive harmonious interplay working well with the twinkling guitars in 'Thorns' and the empassioned delivery of the smouldering 'Riverbanks' being particularly rousing.

Yet, although the album is a consistantly obliging listen, it does tend to become a rather dreary affair. Tracks such as 'Sundown' and 'Skin And Bones', seem to just amble blandly towards their conclusion without ever taking off, and it is these songs that unfortunatley take away from the more engaging material here. The pastoral, rustic ambience also, hugely reminisent of recent artists such as Mumford and Sons, tends to come across as rather cliche.

'Young Pilgrim' undeniably isn't going to set the world alight, and it is leagues away from competing with the glut of acoustic heavyweights currently in the market. But the songwriting aptitude and range of ideas on display do more than enough to kickstart a promising venture for Simpson, and re-enforce his standing as a versatile and accomplished young musician.



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NorwichScene
March 7th 2012


1457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good stuff, think my rating is slightly high but I do like Charlie, he is a very talented musician.

TBliss2
March 7th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I'd be interested to see what he does next.

thumbcrusher
March 7th 2012


3596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really liked the album but i hope his next release is with fightstar

schoonda
May 21st 2012


106 Comments


there is a few songs on this album i really like!

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SebastianJunior
June 12th 2012


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoy it, Cemetery & Farmer & His Gun in particular. I may have overrated it slightly, thanks to the critical drubbing he endures thanks his teenybopper past.

Drummerboy123
December 5th 2012


2367 Comments


My version of Ed Sheeran. Would rather have more Fightstar though.

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NorwichScene
December 6th 2012


1457 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Charlie doing 2nd solo album next.

Seen him do this album twice live and tbh it got boring the 2nd time. Fightstar need to come back

TBliss2
December 6th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Agreed

thumbcrusher
December 6th 2012


3596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omar said it'll probably be another year before that... sighhhh

DurzoBlint
December 27th 2012


1182 Comments


really? I want moar fightstar naow D:



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