CD reviews: Charlie Puth

There are the various crimes committed against artistic originality on the much-heralded album from the much-hyped New Jersey singer Charlie Puth (pronounced Pooth), yet let's focus on one.

It's called Marvin Gaye (featuring Meghan Trainor) and it conjures all manner of retro stylings, some of which are so close to Gaye's catalogue that there might well be headlines involving lawyers.

But let's move on.

A Berkley School of Music graduate, a young man with a falsetto that'd make a construction worker sob, Puth has talent to burn.

On Nine Track Mind, that's exactly what he's done, casting his potential on a pyre of pathos (so many ballads ...).

The profit margins loom.

• Charlie Puth. Nine Track Mind. Atlantic.

Two stars (out of five)

Single download: My Gospel
For those who like: Bruno Mars

- Shane Gilchrist

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