Charlie Wilson | Forever Charlie (RCA)

From start to finish, every track is flawless—from the beat to the melody to the lyrics.

 

I’ve always been a Charlie Wilson fan, and this album does not disappoint! From start to finish, every track is flawless—from the beat to the melody to the lyrics.

Forever Charlie makes me want to get up and dance. There are super upbeat hits for modern clubs such as “Somebody Loves You,” “Sugar. Honey. Ice. Tea,” and “Infectious”. Intertwined with these, Charlie includes some slower dance tracks with more of a late 80s early 90s vibe, such as “Touched by an Angel,” “Goodnight Kisses,” and “Just Like Summertime.”

When it comes to love songs, Forever Charlie is a breath of fresh air amidst the Usher, Chris Brown, and Trey Songz albums that invite you to take it all off and twerk for them. Charlie keeps it classy, crooning “Girl don’t it feel good to know that somebody loves you” and “Baby, you’re flawless, girl from your head to your feet, you outshine the diamond that’s on your ring.”

The entire album is a love letter but not the sappy kind. On my favorite track, “Birthday Dress,” Charlie sings, “I don’t want to give you flowers, candy, something that is typical. I want to give you a gift that you will never forget,” and then goes on to say he’s going to take her out dancing for her birthday. This is the kind of message young men today should be hearing through music. Even though “Birthday Dress” is the title of the song, it’s not about the dress, it’s about dancing. It’s not about getting naked at the end of the night—it’s about enjoying the night together, relaxing and enjoying one another’s company.

The lyrics on this album offer everything I look for in a husband: someone caring, respectful, and going out of their way to make me feel special.

Older generations will love this album because of the nods to the 80s and 90s, but I think younger generations will love it to. With the dance vibe, it doesn’t deviate far from the rest of today’s music, and kids today definitely need some positive messages in their music.

I am more than impressed—this entire album is a hit. It’s worth more than a listen; I’ll have it on repeat for a while. A| Samantha LaBat

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