Lesley Savage
May 09, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Waves & the Both of Us

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Charlotte Sometimes
genre
Pop

We gave it a B+

Her moniker may refer to a kids’-book character (Penelope Farmer’s Charlotte Sometimes; the singer’s real name is Jessica Charlotte Poland), but the themes explored on her first album Waves & the Both of Us are anything but childish. She fills her impressive debut with meditations on lost love (the pretty ballad ”Build the Moon”), self-discovery (catchy jazz-popper ”Losing Sleep”), and angst (impassioned rocker ”This Is Only for Now”). Evoking Fiona Apple at her best, Poland can become a bit broody, but for the most part you’ll find yourself getting swept away by Waves. B+
DOWNLOAD THIS: Listen to ”Losing Sleep” and the rest of the album on Amazon.com

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