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ALBUM REVIEW: Charlotte Sands' Debut Album 'CAN WE START OVER?'

Charlotte Sands posing for album artwork
Photo by Dillon Jordan

Breakout pop/rock star Charlotte Sands has independently released her long-awaited debut album can we start over?, available to stream on all DSPs worldwide. The album is the culmination of years of unprecedented independent success, and showcases a dynamic and eclectic work of songwriting art. The record effortlessly weaves its way in and out of rock and pop, highlighted by a subtle homage to beloved 90s + 2000s alternative. It includes singles “blindspot,” “use me,” “pity,” and “get over it,” along with six new songs. The release comes ahead of Sands’ worldwide headlining tour covering the US, UK, Australia, and Europe, and kicks off March 7th. Tickets are currently available for purchase HERE.

can we start over? begins with the self-love anthem "use me" and showcases Charlotte's powerhouse vocals as a sweet invitation into the album journey. Traveling into the bisexual anthem we all needed, "pity" features heavy-hitting guitars, bombastic drumbeats and feelings of jealousy. On the track Charlotte states, "It's about the feeling of jealousy and comparing yourself but also the experience of being captivated by someone else's existence." The next track "get over it" is a 90s-tinged track which pays homage to alt radio queens like Alanis Morrisette and Avril Lavigne. "spite" is a big "screw you" to someone who hurt you, as she consistently sings about she'll get famous out of spite and show up for herself.

Up next, you'll be sinking your teeth into "teeth", that welcomes you with soft melodies and encapsulates romantic feelings and features Charlotte's falsetto tones in the chorus, which will have you screaming at the top of your lungs. Continuing with love songs, previously released single "blindspot" is an alt ballad that's about having feelings for someone you're friends with. "It’s about the experience of watching their life from the sidelines and having to witness them have feelings for other people.", Charlotte states on the song. "on the outside" features pop-punk rockers Point North and picks things back up through fuzzy guitars, melodic harmonies and relatable lyrics.

“The inspiration behind the title can we start over? came while writing a song for the album about the idea of restarting a relationship, and the idea of beginning again or reintroducing yourself to someone. I’ve changed so much over the last few years personally and in my career and I love the concept of starting over as who I am now with the information and knowledge I've gained. It’s not about forgetting the past or regretting our choices but more so letting go of the previous version of ourselves and meeting each other where we are at this moment in the phases that we’re currently in. I think this album for me represents exactly that, standing firmly where I am as the person I am today.” - Charlotte Sands

Slowing things back down is "die in this room" in which Charlotte takes a different yet powerful approach to a ballad, showing off her vulnerable side through ethereal vocals and illuminating lyrics, and even has a surprise at the very end. Closing out the album is title track "can we start over?" which is a super sensitive way to end the journey as Charlotte proves her debut album is her best work yet.


Charlotte Sands posing for music video
Photo by Dillon Jordan

As she stands on the precipice of her debut album's release, Charlotte is filled with anticipation. “I hope this album conveys strength, confidence, and power within vulnerability,” she says. “It feels like holding a mirror to myself and reflects exactly how I feel right now in this phase of my life. I feel more secure in who I am as a person and as an artist than I’ve ever been.”


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