Review Summary: Charlie’s style is a fresh new take on pop-rock that is so current it might as well be wearing a retro 80’s jacket and some skinny jeans.This EP is certainly the beginning of a huge career for London based singer-songwriter and musician.
For a debut album, it’s easy not to expect much from a young artist. Don’t be fooled. This EP is certainly the beginning of a huge career for London based singer-songwriter and musician Charlie Yang. Having previously been compared to the likes of hugely successful pop rock artists Muse, Keane, Maroon 5, and The Killers, Charlie’s got big shoes to fill. But he needn’t fear – the EP doesn’t disappoint. Charlie’s style is a fresh new take on pop-rock that is so current it might as well be wearing a retro 80’s jacket and some skinny jeans.
Falling easily into the pop-rock genre, the album also utilises elements of blues, soul and funk to create a fresh new sound. Citing Billy Joel, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles as his biggest musical influences; it’s clear that growing up listening to huge pop legends has molded Charlie into the superb pop-rock artist that he is today.
The EP’s lead track, ‘Jaded’ is a great opener. Full of the anguish and teen angst that can be really annoying in Pop/rock tracks, the upbeat tempo of this track and great guitar solos give it a real edge. Showcased are Charlie’s amazing, mature vocals and great range; also particularly impressive is the great tone and strength in his falsetto. Reminiscent of big hits from The Script and One Republic, it’s easy to see this track being a huge success.
Another highlight from the EP is ‘Heartbroken’. More down-tempo than ‘Jaded’, the track could be classed as a classic rock ballad. Stripped back, ‘Heartbroken’ is a great showcase of Charlie’s superb vocal talent.
The closing track, ‘Easier to love’, is definitely the strongest of the bunch. Starting quite gently, the track has the most progression of all the songs. The melodic hook comes in really quickly, and develops throughout the track, building to a crescendo in the final chorus; where Charlie really lets loose with excellent, heartfelt vocals.