Honestly by Tyler Ward on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tyler Ward first grabbed attention by covering tunes by the likes of Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, and Justin Bieber in a series of much-watched YouTube videos. The Colorado-born singer’s debut album, Honestly, finds him performing his own self-composed songs with the same guy-next-door charm that he’s brought to material by others. An unabashed romantic, Ward knows how to turn a phrase smoothly without losing the natural warmth that lies at the heart of his appeal. Honestly has a sonic blend that matches hip-hop beats with pop hooks and acoustic instrumentation, framing lyrics that parse the fine points of love and loneliness. Ward’s ache-tinged delivery and pleasing falsetto light up tracks like “The Way We Are” and “Beginning of a Bad Idea.” He’s equally comfortable with jittery groove tunes (“S.O.S.”), widescreen ballads (“Dashes”), summery R&B confections (“Hoopty Hoop”), and teasing rockers (“Keeping Secrets”). Singer Alex G lends her honeyed vocals to “Falling,” while violinist Lindsey Stirling adds tasty string accents to “Some Kind of Beautiful.” Throughout, Ward carries himself with confidence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Tyler Ward first grabbed attention by covering tunes by the likes of Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, and Justin Bieber in a series of much-watched YouTube videos. The Colorado-born singer’s debut album, Honestly, finds him performing his own self-composed songs with the same guy-next-door charm that he’s brought to material by others. An unabashed romantic, Ward knows how to turn a phrase smoothly without losing the natural warmth that lies at the heart of his appeal. Honestly has a sonic blend that matches hip-hop beats with pop hooks and acoustic instrumentation, framing lyrics that parse the fine points of love and loneliness. Ward’s ache-tinged delivery and pleasing falsetto light up tracks like “The Way We Are” and “Beginning of a Bad Idea.” He’s equally comfortable with jittery groove tunes (“S.O.S.”), widescreen ballads (“Dashes”), summery R&B confections (“Hoopty Hoop”), and teasing rockers (“Keeping Secrets”). Singer Alex G lends her honeyed vocals to “Falling,” while violinist Lindsey Stirling adds tasty string accents to “Some Kind of Beautiful.” Throughout, Ward carries himself with confidence.

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