Charlie Simpson: Long Road Home

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You’ll only snigger when we say this is really good; that’s right, ha ha, a good album by the bloke who was in Busted, and left to form a metal band you never heard of again.

But it is really good, and, moreover a pleasure to listen to. We’ll say right off that while it’s easy to listen to and instantly likeable, no-one’s ever going to say one of these songs is their favourite ever, and we’ve not woken up with any earworms, but it’s very enjoyable when it’s on.

Musically, it’s Charlie and his acoustic guitar, either accompanied by a band or not. They’re all strong pop tunes, with some of the inevitable Mumford clappy, cheery folky pop showing its influence in places, notably on early standout Comets.

Long Road Home, which opens with the title track, is also cheerful and upbeat. The music’s good, but Charlie has a nice voice, too; it’s very welcoming and easy on the ear.

Also good are Emily and Haunted.

The catchy stuff is at the start, with the more acoustic Still Young, Forty Thieves and Another Year bringing the album to a gentle close.

If you want a quality pop album, more than worth the investment.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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