Today, I’ll be reviewing two new albums that came out in late April and early May of this year. I was on a hiatus at the time but that didn’t stop me from getting them though, it just delayed my listening time because I had to focus on school as you all know. So as the title shows you, I’ll be reviewing Voicenotes by Charlie Puth and Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe. Let’s jump right in.
Charlie Puth’s latest album, Voicenotes, was released on May 11 (I know I already mentioned that). It is his second studio album following Nine Track Mind. I knew of Charlie Puth from the song he did with Wiz Khalifa on one of the Fast and Furious movie soundtrack. That song’s name is See You Again, and it was a tribute to the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident. After that, his songs One Call Away and We Don’t Talk Anymore featuring Selena Gomez from his album Nine Track Mind, really resonated with me.
The album features 13 tracks with 5 singles that did exceptional from as early as April 21, 2017. The first single which was released was Attention on the date I just mentioned and then later that year on October 5, How Long was released. Done For Me featuring Kehlani was the third single from the album and was released on March 15 and then Change featuring James Taylor on March 26. Two promotional singles were released and they were If You Leave Me Now featuring Boyz II Men and The Way I Am on January 5 and May 3 respectively. Overall, 6 singles were released prior to the date of the full album.
I heard only 4 out of the 6 songs which were Attention, How Long, If You Leave Me Now and Done For Me – in that order as well to. At first, I wasn’t really feeling If You Leave Me Now but after hearing it on the album, it changed my entire perspective. This entire album sounds like Charlie is telling us about a rocky love story. I believe the main theme he’s trying to convey in this relationship story is infidelity, betrayal, regret, heartbreak, and acceptance.
The album ends with Through It All, which changes the pace of the album. In this song, he’s telling people that he’s been through all the pain and heartache of a relationship. It’s nothing new to him and he’s used to it so there’s no need for him to break down in tears over the situation. Change doesn’t really follow the theme of the album and is about how everyone should love one another and that in order to get along, everyone has to change.
The vocals are exceptional, like I’m blown away. Kehlani’s, Boyz II Men’s and James Taylor’s vocal really make the songs that they are featured on even more exceptional. I do try to mimic it but I’m no singer and I’m sure I don’t sound terrible (hopefully). At first, my favourite was How Long then it was Done For Me but now it’s Patient. I love Patient so much, and don’t get me wrong, I still love the others but Patient takes home the cake for me. The entire album is amazing and I’d have it playing on repeat everyday but that really depends on my mood. I love this album, it’s a hit (bop).
It took me a while to listen to this album because Voicenotes was in my head for a few hours. I had to wait until my mind settled before I could listen and assess the songs and their lyrics on Dirty Computer. This is Janelle Monáe’s fourth studio album and it was released on April 27. Three singles, along with their music videos, were released prior to the album. These singles are Make Me Feel, Django Jane and Pynk. I Like That came out as a promotional single for the album.
I knew of Janelle Monáe because when I used to watch award shows in the early 2010s, she was the woman wearing a tuxedo. I didn’t know any of her music and still don’t except for the singles from this album. I didn’t find it weird that she always wore a tuxedo because it had a meaning to her. I believe she said it had something to do with what her parents did as work to support their family. She’s also an actress and starred in films such as Hidden Figures, alongside Taraji P Henson and Octavia Spencer, and Moonlight and voice actor for Dr Monae in 2014’s Rio 2.
I knew all 3 singles before the album was released because the videos were what caught my attention. After listening to Make Me Feel, Django Jane and Pynk, I thought to myself that I had to get this album to get a feel of what she’s giving. Django Jane is more like a rap song which I believe she’s using the message in it to empower women of all races. Make Me Feel is about her expressing her sexuality and it is shown in the music video as well. Pynk is about femininity and based on the visuals, it’s about women too.
The album has a very unapologetic nature. She’s saying she’s proud to be a Black woman expressing sexuality. Following the release of her album, she came out as both pansexual and bisexual. Her vocals are amazing and the transitions between the first six songs are wonderful. I had to look to see that it was a completely different song. Overall it is a really good album with Make Me Feel, Crazy, Classic, Life and Don’t Judge Me as my favourites.
Voicenotes is my favourite out of the two I reviewed but I do recommend that you get both albums or any one of the two, your choice. If you’re not a fan of either artiste, that’s okay, I’m not either but their music is really enjoyable and engaging. I honestly think Charlie Puth is being slept on. His vocals are so amazing and I think amazing isn’t enough to describe them. People aren’t giving him enough credit if I’m being completely honest.
So that’s it for today. My reviews aren’t usually long but since I did two new albums in one, this is a long post. And yes I know this review is over a month late but I wrote it back in May and I had other posts that I wanted to publish before this one. Better late than never right. If you’ve listened to any of the two albums and loved it, let me know in the comments section below. If you haven’t, then I think you should give both albums a listen. If you’re not feeling them then that’s okay, remember this is just my opinion and honest review.
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