The Hated Opinionated One

Charlotte Sometimes…

Posted by Scotio on May 10, 2008

Let me start off by saying that I know that I usually have catchy titles for my posts/reviews. The only thing is, I couldn’t come up with something catchy for this album. So, I just let the name say it all. Now, on to the review, shall we? Named after a 1981 song by The Cure, which was in turn named after a Penelope Farmer novel from 1969, Charlotte Sometimes(which I guess could also mean that she goes by her middle name on occasions) releases her debut album via the Geffen record label after much coverage and anticipation thanks to the wonderland we call Myspace. This young 20-something is here to bring her take on pop music. Hoping to showcase that Pop music from America isn’t all about make-up, lollipops, booty gyrations and airheaded ideas, Ms. Poland showcases, to my surprise, much promise on her Waves & The Both Of Us album offering. Possessing a voice clearly ahead of her measured time on Earth, she has very good control over her range and has a good concept of her limitations. That is possibly due to the first 13/14 years of her life being spent in various dancing/vocal classes. “Losing Sleep,” her album opener, has a soft sound that fits between Sarah Bareilles and Vanessa Carlton, but with intelligent implementation of electronics in the song. She speaks for the current generation of listeners who loves pop and doesn’t feel that they’ve been properly satisfied with what’s offered(or their relationships in love/at home) with lyrics such as: “I’m awake/And I’ve been/Losing sleep/I’ve been fighting all my demons/I’ve been/Getting reamed/Cuz I’ve been/Trying/Trying/Trying/To be/Anything other than me.” It’s almost like she’s a Fiona Apple for a newer, less serious audience. The title track of the album is a more romantic song. Here, she talks about her longing for the man that drives her dreams into a moist loving place. Possibly a song written after spending the night with her beau on the beach, it’s going to be heavily used by females under the age of 22 for the rest of the year if this album catches on. On the track “In Your Apartment,” Charlotte dives deeper into her Fiona influence. A slow jazzy track of a love gone sour, possessing some smokey room styled instrumentation and piano lounge-themed singing. It’s a piece that displays confidence and insecurity intermingled beautifully together as a representation of how virtually every woman truly is. Stand out tracks are “How I Could Just Kill A Man,”(no, not a Cypress Hill cover) “Ex-Girlfriend Syndrome,” “Army Men,” and the breathtaking “This Is Only For Now.” The latter track features digital distortion and disruption of an acoustic guitar melody. It starts off with just Charlotte and the robotic guitar, then comes the club dance floor-ready bass drums. This song would tear airwaves apart if her A&R person is genius enough to have them release this as a single. Charlotte sings with passion, sassy, and determination. Even though the lyrics house some uncertainty from the narrator, the way that it’s delivered makes you think that she’s possibly just playing possum with you. It’s not a long track, though. Clocking in at a little over 2 mins and 50 seconds. This debut is one of a young woman with a true passion for pop music, and her determination to not be regarded as merely another piece of eye candy with cookie cutter musical offerings. She’s a bright little star. And, if she continues to develop properly in her future, then she better wear shades.




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