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With his debut, Young Pilgrim, Charlie Simpson proved he could thrive outside the shadow of his former bands: the punk-pop trio Busted and the alt-rock group Fightstar. On Long Road Home, he continues to refine his earthy brand of affecting indie folk. Simpson's guitar work is more assured here, as evidenced by the tidy plucked chords of songs like "Winter Hymns" and "Forty Thieves." Yet his knack for switching between introspective acoustic ballads and barnstorming anthems remains the singer's main appeal. "Comets" and "Haunted" both pack the ebullient punch of Mumford & Sons, with Simpson's plaintive vocals and gutbucket instrumentation causing quite the stir. 

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Gravel-voiced vocalist Charlie Simpson is perhaps the only pop star to make the convincing transition from fresh-faced boy bander to authentic hard rock frontman. Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1985, he grew up in a musical family, with older brothers Edd and Will, members of indie bands Brigade and Union Sound Set, respectively, and his mother a direct descendant of 19th century composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett. In 2001, he answered an advertisement James Bourne and Matt Willis had placed...
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Long Road Home, Charlie Simpson
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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jul 14, 2014

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