If a musical project lasts long enough, the public can almost bet on some sort of sonic transformation. The masses watched Dylan as he shifted from acoustic to electric, and they witnessed Metallica’s departure from the world of speed metal. Some of the changes are well-met, and others are viewed as career-enders.
NOLA’s Josh Charles has made a great departure from his original sound. The last time he was in the neighborhood, Charles was working with Azalea City music legend Milton Brown and using Veet’s unique atmosphere to film the video for his modern country ballad “It Ain’t Over Till the Flat Lady Swings.” Now, Charles is preparing his audience for his latest album “1974,” and they will be amazed at the aural transformation through which this artist has gone.
For those unfamiliar with his past repertoire, Charles had gathered listeners with a radio-friendly country sound that caught the ears of many. For “1974,” Charles has crafted a sound that he fondly calls “Notown,” which is described as a mix of NoLa blues and Motown soul. Charles’ musical reinvention could not be more refreshing for this artist. Charles uses this album to get in touch with the muses that guided Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and the Neville Brothers through that gloriously funky musical epoch in NoLa’s rich music history.
“1974” packs some of the most iconic sounds of that era into six-songs. “Outta the Blue” pumps out a sultry groove filled with electric keys and attitude-filled backing vocals. “Winning Streak” will be considered a favorite by many. This bubbly track runs quickly through the body, which forces the listener to its feet. The old school inspired version of Big East blue-eyed soul cannot exist without at least one heartfelt love song, and “Lazy Love” serves up emotion with second-helpings. “1974” has just hit the streets, and those curious can pick it up on iTunes or preferably at one of Charles’ live performances.