Charlie Puth has always been a certified hitmaker. One of the music industry’s most constant chart-toppers and in-demand collaborators, he has eight multi-platinum singles and four Grammy nominations under his belt.
There has seldom been an instance that a track he has worked on has not charted in the last decade or so wrote, produce. But for his self-titled third album CHARLIE, he’s returning to the fundamentals. Utilizing his unsullied flair for production and exploiting the wide reach of TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts to have it previewed by put the fans first to help him make any helpful adjustments, Puth has come up with his most honest record.
Dispensing his heart, soul and pompous emotions into infectious pop music has always been Puth’s core competency, but with this record it truly manifests in every gist. Defining his album as “sonically his personality,” CHARLIE shifts between an array of real life feelings – from the buoyancy and perplexity that is characterized on the opening track “That’s Hilarious” to the understated susceptibility that permeates through cuts “There’s a First Time for Everything” and “Smells Like Me.” There are also some immensely honest emotions on showcase on “Loser,” with the cheeky lines “I’m such a loser / how did I lose her?”.
A record that turns a sound into a physically tangible being, CHARLIE is overflowing with character and heart. Depicting Puth’s personal relationship breakups, the album delivers an invigorated artist, unconstrained of the chains of prospects and no longer trying to be the cool guy. It’s just Charlie Puth, plain and simple.