Album Review: Bring Back the Sun by Charles Parker

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Pop-Rock is a very good genre to get into. You have the harder elements of rock, while also having the peppy side of pop. A lot of your favorite bands could be classified as pop-rock, because it is such a wide reaching genre. Charles Parker definitely understands that. In his debut album, Bring Back the Sun released Jan 27th, 2017, he writes 15 very pop-rock songs.

The album was really fun to listen to. Each song makes you want to roll down your windows and drive, and not just because your AC is broken in your car! Bring Back the Sun has the peppy side of pop that I was talking about, but it also has rock elements. There were even a few songs with a guitar solo! Who doesn’t love a good guitar solo?

Parker has been playing guitar since he was a teenager. Some of his influences were The Bay City Rollers and the Partridge Family. As he got older, his tastes evolved. He started to like 80s hair bands, and also bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. You can hear the influences these bands had on him in his music. I felt a very 70s/80s rock vibe to a lot of his songs. One song in particular, One Way to Go, had a 70s feel to it.  

Even with the 70s and 80s influences, the overall aesthetic and feel to the album was very 90s rock. I can see some Hootie and the Blowfish and Third-Eye Blind influences in a few songs. Who doesn’t love 90s music? This album deserves a solid thumbs up.

Parker’s voice reminds me of a younger Dave Grohl. It reminds you of the Foo Fighters a little bit. As he produces more albums and matures in his musicianship, he will find his own personal sound, and we won’t hear so many other influences in his music. Very excited to see where his music goes, and how his voice (both out loud and in his writing) changes.

 

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