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CD Review: More Stately Mansions by Charlie Barnes


More Stately Mansions, the latest release from Charlie Barnes which came out in May, is a heartfelt piece of work playing with numerous different genres and sounds.
Many of the tracks feature a loud boldness, which is best exemplified in the chorus of title track ‘More Stately Mansions’. It’s this boldness that makes some tracks seem almost grandiose compared to other’s on the album like ‘Film’ with it’s gentle piano and soft, thoughtful sound.
Overall I was impressed with the amount of control shown on the album as a whole, both vocally, and instrumentally. It’s a difficult task to capture and retain a listener’s attention from beginning to end, especially when a track is presented as one thing at the start, and ends off being something completely different at the end. However Charlie Barnes manages to master this flow, which I think is what makes the music so unique.
One of the more memorable tracks for me off the album was ‘Dresden’, which showcases the control I talked about earlier, starting off with desolate and wistful layers, it then builds into an angry, loud apocalyptic climax before quickly falling back into it’s dejected state.
If you’re looking to discover a sound a little out of the pop/rock comfort zone that offers something new and distinctive then ‘More Stately Mansions’ is definitely worth a listen.

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Kat Harlton
Kat Harlton is the founder of The Harlton Empire and a Canadian media liaison with expertise in music promotion,social media and public relations. In the past 5 years, she has worked with some of the most talented artists in the Toronto music scene, and booked and/or co-promoted shows at some of Toronto’s best venues. Kat holds a diploma in Theatre Arts from Fanshawe College and is an active volunteer for numerous local Toronto causes and organizations. Kat’s been a guest contributor for BlogTO, blogs on social media & radio for SoCast SRM and reviews live shows and albums for Lithium Magazine. She’s passionate about supporting the indie art & entertainment scene and you can find out more about her here: www.harltonempire.com