I was excited to hear Carousel King’s latest album, Charm City, as having heard a few of their previous releases, I really digged their sound.
This release is the band’s debut album to be released since signing with Victory Records.
Charm City begins as it means to go on; a pop punk release that instantly has me nodding along, tapping my foot and singing along. The thirteen track album opens with Grey Goose, an upbeat track with a steady and nostalgic beat and catchy guitar riffs.
Only a few moments into my first listen of the album and I already know I’m a fan – Carousel Kings bring a new and more modern meaning to old school pop punk, but with all the elements we love from the genre.
Lead singer David has a voice that is made for punk rock, but the album also contains a few songs that really allow him to hit the high notes and explore his talent.
Each and every song has it’s own unique guitar riff, allowing the album to flow like your favourite punk-rock throwback playlist but each song standing out strong on it’s own and easily distinguishable.
Ballad Here, Now, Forever is particularly sweet and slows things down a bit, allowing me to relish in the vocal talent on offer and to really appreciate and resonate with the lyrics.
The much sadder Something Isn’t Right is a real standout gem on the album and a track that has gone on to become a personal favourite of mine. I absolutely love how it starts out almost acoustic, slowly picking up before the rest of the band kicks in.
There’s plenty of nods to older bands in this album, with parts sounding like Simple Plan, Yellowcard and Secondhand Serenade, but that’s not to say that Carousel King’s don’t bring their own to the genre.
Charm City stands out as a well rounded feel good album, with a few low-key relatable tracks thrown in. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear a track like Glory Daze or Fractals turning into an anthem on a rock music themed club night, as they both offer everything a punk rock song should have – a great beat, impressive guitar riffs, alluring vocals and the chance to sing (and maybe even dance) along to.
Overall, Charm City is an impressive album which doesn’t disappoint. Each song flows well but stands out on it’s own, and there’s even one or two ballads thrown in too.
Charm City has the right mix of pop-punk anthems and a few slowed down ballads which really show off the band's talent