April 04, 2005

Charlie Lang (Demo)

See, it's things like this that make mediocre records worth sitting through. Charlie Lang can best be described as a male Tori Amos; for his songs, it's mainly him and his piano, singing his lonely ballads. His voice has a quality that's like a smooth liquor--its warming, lush tone plays well with the simple arrangements, and it's hard not to like what he's doing, especially on songs like "Wild Soul" and the gorgeous "Last Embrace." It's not to say that he's obtained perfection yet; his voice isn't quite as strong as he'd like to believe and when he substitutes synths for real piano, the songs take on a cheesy quality that betrays his obvious talent. There's definite potential here; Lang's voice is good and he's got some interesting ideas, and that comes through regardless of the fact that this record ultimately sounds like nothing more than a demo. My suggestion: get a real band, get a residency and let your skills mature on stage. It's the only way you're going to improve--and the results of maturity could prove interesting.

--Joseph Kyle

Label Website: http://www.nobullproductions.com/

No comments: