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Waves and the Both of Us (Bonus Track Version)

Charlotte Sometimes

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Album Review

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.]

Customer Reviews

Brilliant!

It is awesome to have watched her grow over the years. She went from pop to folk to this amazing blend of sounds. This album is almost like Rilo Kiley with Timbaland's beats. I highly recommend "Waves and the Both of Us" the album title track. It is simply a beautiful song. "AEIOU" took a while to grow on me, but A+ for originality. I love the distant saxophone. "Losing Sleep" is probably her msot personal song on the record. The first single "How I Could Just Kill a Man" is a witty and very catchy. You can't forget to listen to her old standard "Build the Moon." It is a song that most people can relate to and the melody perfectly embodies the lyrics. Charlotte writes all of her own material, so Geffen really scored! It is a great album whether you're dancing in the car or trying to mellow out before bed. I highly recommend this album!

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Never have I heard an album quite like this! Charlotte Sometimes (who got her name from a childhood book, NOT The Cure song) finds a way in every song to reach out to the listener and actually relate to them. She does this not just through her lyrics - which are catchy and true - but also the unique technique she uses to sing them! So, for me, this is one of the most creative albums to be released for sometime, not to mention one of my favorites of the year so far.... 1) Losing Sleep - 9.5/10 - I enjoy the way she takes a common idea and makes a magnificant song from it... this song does start out the album well... 2) How I Could Just Kill a Man - 10/10 - This song is simply irresistable, simply put... this is definitely a standout song of the album with an amzing hook and unique lyrics... I strongly recommend the video, too... 3) Waves and the Both of Us - 10/10 - I love this song a lot... it has enjoyable and risque lyrics... it's no surprise that she chose to name the album after this song... 4) Sweet Valium High - 9.5/10 - This song and the previous song deal with similar topics in which she talks about having sex, or things close to that, it is the only explicit song on the album... I strongly enjoy this song... It has a killer hook, too... 5) Ex Girlfriend Syndrome - 9.5/10 - This song is an example of her unique way of singing and very enjoyable... 6) AEIOU - 9/10 - This song starts off the middle of the album which kind of dips down from my favorites... it's still a good song but i don't listen to it on my quick run through... 7) Toy Soldier - 9.5/10 - I do enjoy this song and the way she sings it, too... it seems to be the "oddball" on the album - but for the better... 8) This Is Only For Now - 9/10 - This probably my least favorite song on the album... it's by no means bad or a dissapointment, it's actually good, but when compared to the rest of the album, my least favorite... 9) In Your Apartment - 9/10 - It's a solid song... it has unique words... and she uses a hint of sarcasm which adds personality to the song... 10) Army Men - 10/10 - I really love the lyrics to this song... the music itself is unique, also... another example of her singing tactics... 11) Build the Moon - 10/10 - This is an amazing ballad with raw vocals... more unique lyrics... this really shows off her creative voice... 12) Pilot - 10/10 - By the time you get to the end of this song, you actually feel that the album is complete... the lyrics, again, are very neat... an amazing ending to an amazing album...! Acoustic: 13) How I Could Just Kill a Man - 9.5/10 - Not as good as the original but still very, very good... 14) Losing Sleep - 9/10 - Again, not as good as the original but really good... Not only is the album awesome, but the price is, too! Charlotte Sometimes obviously felt every word that she sang while recording the album. Her tremendous effort payed off, and now we lucky listeners have a masterpiece of an album, that, for once, doesn't lie and is down to, the real, Earth!

Ingrid Michaelson with an electric guitar

Is it just me or is that what she sounds like? I am loving this. And yes, I am aware that she isn't Ingrid Michaelson.

Biography

Born: March 15, 1988 in Wall Township, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

New Jersey native Charlotte Sometimes may not have started as a singer/songwriter, but she has always been a performer. Involved in both dance and musical theater throughout her childhood, Charlotte eventually picked up the guitar when she was 14 and began writing and performing her own compositions. Before graduating from high school and moving on to the New School in New York City's Greenwich Village, she had already released several homemade EPs and a live CD. It was during college that Charlotte...
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