I have been a Charlie Puth fan since 2011 when I first stumbled across his duet cover on YouTube of Adele’s “Someone Like You” with Emily Luther. After this cover I was hooked. He also did a cover of Pink’s “Give Me A Reason” with Daphne Khoo which is one of my favorites. His voice has a unique high quality and range giving him the ability to cover female artist with a twist.
Puth is currently blowing up on the air waves because of his vocals, writing contribution, and production skills on Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again”. His soulful voice and piano playing on the chorus as he sings, “It’s been a long day without you, my friend and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again (I see you again).” Digging deeper into understanding the song, I found in an interview with MTV that Puth’s inspirations behind the song was that he also lost a friend to a tragic car accident and that the song came from a very real place. Puth has a soulful emotion and R&B sound that connects with an audience, and this song in particular I think hits close to home with anyone who has lost someone who was important in their life, which is why it has soared on the charts. When music connects on a personal level it becomes a piece of your life in a way. You connect a person, a memory, or a relationship to that song which can be a powerful thing when you hear it out of the blue.
Last week on May 1, 2015, Puth released his first official EP Some Type of Love. The EP has an R&B and soul type feel. The first single from the EP was a duet with Meghan Trainer titled “Marvin Gaye.” Personally I thought the song was lacking. It had a nice 50s doo-wop feel that Meghan Trainer does so well, but the lyrics didn’t really connect with me. I feel like the lyrical concept had been done in other songs before and the fact that Marvin Gaye has a song “Let’s Get It On” which understand is the basis but really?! The last song on the EP “Suffer” reminds me of Alicia Key’s “Fallin.” The musical styling these two songs seem similar to me, from the start of the piano to the singing of desperation, to the soul and blues inspiration that are engulfed within the music. Next single off the album is “I Won’t Tell A Soul.” I love the simplicity of this song. It begins with a high sultry voice, low snap like sound, and soft electric guitar, and as the next verse comes in drums are added with background vocals in harmony to draw you in.
Charlie Puth is just taking off as an artist, and it has been amazing to see him grow from a young Berklee College student at The Red Room (Cafe 939) in Boston, to reading about him in Billboard magazine. My favorite original song so far has to be “Break Again” with Emily Luther. Granted there are no bells and whistles, but you and Luther had some magic when you sang together and it is what brought me to you from the beginning.
Check out Charlie Puth’s new EP on Spotify here as well as my favorite song “Break Again” below.