Waves & the Both of Us

Waves & the Both of Us

by Charlotte Sometimes
     
 

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On Charlotte Sometimes' self-titled EP, the singer/songwriter gave listeners a tantalizing glimpse of her potential, but there was always the chance that it would take several albums for it to be truly realized. Thankfully, this is not the case. Waves & the Both of Us is a sparkling work that, despite some occasional missteps, truly represents the depth of her

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On Charlotte Sometimes' self-titled EP, the singer/songwriter gave listeners a tantalizing glimpse of her potential, but there was always the chance that it would take several albums for it to be truly realized. Thankfully, this is not the case. Waves & the Both of Us is a sparkling work that, despite some occasional missteps, truly represents the depth of her considerable talent. Like those on Charlotte Sometimes, the songs on Waves & the Both of Us tend toward the bittersweet, but never the broken. Despite her sweet and sometimes sad delivery, Sometimes presents herself both lyrically and musically as a strong, self-assured woman, a quality that makes her songs lively and passionate no matter what their tempo or subject matter. She especially excels when making the most of her keen sense of melody and penchant for powerful lyrics. Waves & the Both of Us is full of such pieces, but several stand out, including the album's title track (a poignant piece that is delicate and wistful without coming across as overly earnest), "Ex Girlfriend Syndrome" (a playful, sweet song about heartbreak and the need for closure), and "AEIOU" (a sassy diss of a potential suitor). Each of these songs, as well as a number of others, features descriptive lyrics, playful rhythms, and extremely catchy choruses -- in other words, the confident, undaunted spirit that informs all of Charlotte Sometimes' music. She does lose some of her effectiveness and charm on a few tracks, especially those that lack melodic hooks; when the melody goes flat on "Toy Soldier" and Sometimes resorts to half-singing, half-speaking the verses, it makes for a song that is disappointingly bland and generic. Though there aren't many songs like this on the album, the rest of Waves & the Both of Us contains so many memorable tunes that those with less lilt stick out by sounding uninspired. There are also some occasions when Sometimes' backing arrangements compete with her for the song's central role -- on opening track "Losing Sleep," producers S*A*M & Sluggo should have toned down the loops, keyboards, and drums that threaten to overwhelm the vocalist during the verses. (Fortunately, this is not a consistent trend, as the songs that follow are largely free of the problem.) While the album may not be flawless in its execution, its good points far outweigh the bad and make for a powerful debut that marks Charlotte Sometimes as an artist notable for her talent, unique style, and great promise. [A clean version of this album was released in July 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517774988
catalogNumber:
001156702

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Performance Credits

Charlotte Sometimes   Primary Artist,Vocals
Pete Levin   Piano,Keyboards
Josh Freese   Drums
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
James Mussen   Drums
Patrick D. Martin   Upright Bass
Robert Shelton   Cello
PJ Bond   Guitar
Josh Edmondson   Piano
Sean Gould   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Spencer Peterson   Drums
Kyle Paas   Acoustic Guitar
Alex Houton   Acoustic Guitar
Shaun Savage   Bass

Technical Credits

Jack Joseph Puig   Producer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer,Additional Music
Dean Nelson   Engineer
Bob McLynn   Executive Producer
Josh Edmondson   Engineer
Deb Fenstermacher   Marketing
Charlotte Sometimes   Composer
Alex Houton   Composer

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