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Released: 11th May 2018.

Charlie Puth - VoicenotesCharlie Puth's second studio album is here and it is a step in the right direction after his debut, 'Nine Track Mind', became one of the worst reviewed albums on Metacritic. This one will definitely be an improvement.

The lead single, "Attention", is a powerful pop-rock, bass-driven song, which became one of his career-best chart performers. It's also the best song from this project. Other highlights include the singles "How Long", which seems like a carbon copy of "Attention", but with a more funky style, and the pop- and R&B-influenced "Done for Me". In addition, Puth saved something for later, a potential single, "Slow It Down", which samples Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" and includes some robotic voices á la Daft Punk.

Nevertheless, the track "Somebody Told Me", quite addictive after a couple of spins, is a song that you should be dancing at a teenage party along with "Empty Cups". Other cuts include "LA Girls", "If You Leave Me Now" with Boyz II Men and "Change" featuring James Taylor which sounds better when skipped, while the closing piano ballad "Through It All" is just out of place with the rest of the album. The record can be dubbed as pop and R&B set in the 80s, but it has some funk, folk, and soul in the melting pot.

All in all, will Puth evolve or regress to the sound, and quality of, his debut record? Only time will tell since he doesn't seem always dedicated to putting the same effort into every track on his records.

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