Album Review: "Curio City" by Charlie Winston

Hey guys!

And here we have the first album review of the year. We are also going to do our very best to showcase exciting (and upcoming) releases you surely don't want to miss in 2015.
So many great records are released every day and we can't wait to hear what twenty fifteen has to offer.

Let's start with "Curio City" by Charlie Winston!

Artist: Charlie Winston
Title: Curio City
Genre: Alternative, Folk
Label: Sony Music
Release: 13th February 2014
HITS rating: 7.5/10

Charlie Winston is a musician from Suffolk, England. It's quite tough to genrefy his music as his influences range from Tom Waits to Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder and a lot more.
You'll find alternative, folk, soul and bits of pop and rock in his sound.

Growing up in a family of musicians Charlie started making music at the age of eight years. He plays multiple instruments and has worked for film and theatre productions.
Most of his releases have received great reactions in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Winston's newest record "Curio City" was written and produced by himself. He played every instrument you can hear on it himself except for the drums.

1) Wilderness
2) Truth
3) Say Something
4) Fear And Love
5) Too Long
6) Another Trigger
7) Lately
8) Just Sayin
9) Evening Comes
10) Stories

Opener "Wilderness" already gives you a good idea of what to expect from the album: athmospheric tracks, smooth and souly vocals. The instrumentals are arranged to give the song more attitude - some wild piano parts meet soft synths and a supportive drum beat.

"Another Trigger" involves bits of beat boxing, a forward marching bass line and well working beats. This track is probably one of Charlie's best ones.
The album contains a lot of up tempo tunes, most of them are absolutely danceable. There are still enough ballads to keep the contrast alive.

The first single "Lately" mixes darker synth elements with acoustic guitars and light whistling in the intro. The multi layered vocal work in the chorus goes hand in hand with the catchy rhythm. This one could be a massive hit soon.

To sum it up: What's great about "Curio City" is the variety of genres. The way all elements work together so well is absolutely convincing. A very well written and well produced album.

You should listen to these tracks: Wilderness, Another Trigger, Lately

Charlie Winston online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

Thank you for reading!

Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: Charlie Winston Facebook


  1. So. I know I haven't really commented in a while, but I still read every single post of yours, Vanessa, and today I really feel the need to comment on this because I love Charlie Winston and I didn't even know he had a new album coming out, so thank you, thank you, thank you for this review. :) ♥

    1. Just the first sentence means SO much to me. Thank you, Jana! Really, thank you!
      I'm so glad I could point out this release! (Thanks to Sony for sending it, I guess. :)) Can't wait to hear what you think about it, please let me know. :) <3 x

    2. I will once I get to listen to it! And you're welcome! I really need to comment more often because you deserve all the possible support in the world :)


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