Album Review: This Is Me by Charlie McDonnell

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Album Review
Title – This Is Me
Artist – Charlie McDonnell
Released – December 1st, 2010
Genre – Rock, Pop

Charlie McDonnell is a pretty famous YouTube vlogger, known as charlieissocoollike. He’s so “pretty famous” that he’s the most subscribed YouTuber in the UK, with 680,000 subscribers (thanks, Wikipedia!). He’s a big fan of writing music, and he’s pretty good at it too. He’s posted a few songs on his channel, and he’s in two bands – ‘Sons of Admirals’ and, my preference, ‘Chameleon Circuit’, a Doctor Who rock band! ‘This Is Me‘ is his first ever solo album, and I have to say, it’s a really good one at that.

To be brutally honest, the opening track, ‘Rhymezone.com‘, didn’t fulfill my expectations as much as I’d hoped. It’s literally a song about trying to find words that rhyme with each other for songs. It has a pretty good tune to it and it is catchy, but there’s something about it that doesn’t quite agree with me. It seems like a song that he just wrote to fill up his album (which, ironically, he actually does with A Song About A Song, but does so with a very tongue-in-cheek feel to it, which I love). The quality from then on just gets better and better. 

The following is a quintet of old favourites that we’ve seen before on his channel like A Song About Acne and Duet With Myself (the latter has had more than 3,000,000 views on YouTube), re-recorded for a better quality sound to them, almost re-mastered, and they do sound brilliant. There’s always something great about hearing something broken down and raw, but when you hear a well recorded song, it’s very satisfactory.

The rest of the album is a mix of old and new, with two standouts from the new selection – Bread and the title track, This Is Me. Bread is actually quite a beautifully told story about a young girls aspirations about becoming a baker (very cleverly called Flora Spread), this is the first single, or rather the first video from the album, which you can see with this review, but I really do like the song. 

This Is Me is a completely different song, it’s literally a description of Charlie’s anatomy, but the way it’s written is brilliant. Each body part is like a reflection of Charlie himself (These are my hands/on my arms/on my conscience/with fingers that shake/while they strum). I loved it.

As a whole, this is actually an excellent first outing from Charlie, I’ve been listening to it all day today, and I don’t plan on stopping.

Out of 5, this is a very well deserved 4.

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