REVIEW: Cody Simpson’s new album gives fans a taste of ‘Paradise’

October 3, 2012

Cody Simpson has come a long way from his days of posting covers on YouTube. On September 28th, the 15-year-old native of Gold Coast, Australia released his debut album, Paradise, which gives fans everything they could hope for and more. The 10-track album is a blend of dance-worthy techno and tender acoustic rhythms, perfect for transporting the listener to an island oasis of pop pleasure.

The album starts off with soothing, laid-back tunes Paradise and Got Me Good. Together, they establish a laid-back tone that’s carried out for the remainder of the record. With soft vocals and fun guitar backing, Simpson succeeds in writing the first pages of what will become an enticing lyrical romance. Later on in the album, Summer Shade evokes the same mood, perhaps acting as a nod to the album’s introduction. Simpson’s breezy vocals and flirty lyrics make this track the listener’s go-to when they want to escape to a summery getaway.

For a taste of club-friendly beats, Be the One, Hello, and I Love Girls are the perfect picks. They’re high energy tracks that are at once refreshing and enchanting. In Be the One, Simpson expresses his desire to prove himself as his love interest’s perfect guy. Similarly, Hello incorporates a techno-meets-acoustic-pop vibe, with an ounce of fun puppy love on full display. To take a slightly different lyrical route, I Love Girls is a feel-good number that seems to be a nod to Simpson’s fans, as evident in the lyrics ‘Thank you heaven / For making all these beautiful angels / I’m in heaven / Every time I look out in the crowd’. Overall, the three tracks are ideal for blasting in the car or rocking out at the club – and they make the perfect middle chapters in Simpson’s musical book.

Back to You and Gentleman are great compliments to the album, slowing things down a bit in terms of both tempo and message. Back to You focuses on keeping a relationship going strong despite interior and exterior forces that may be attempting to do otherwise. Delving into a deeper side of Simpson, the song works a dual purpose – to add an emotional component to the album as well as showcase the artist’s vocal talents in a more intimate manner. This manner is achieved in Gentleman as well, which acts as the closing chapter on Simpson’s record; the melodic notes and sugar-coated lyrics combine to bring the album to a satisfying end.

The album cover of Paradise, which showcases Simpson standing in front of blue-green waves with a guitar propped up on his back, is the perfect representation of the record. Every track evokes a carefree feel synonymous with the islands, which guarantees the listener a refreshing and laid-back musical experience. In more ways than one, Simpson’s album is reminiscent of 18-year-old Canadian pop star Justin Bieber – which is fitting, seeing as Simpson is currently on the road with Justin as an opening act for the Believe tour. Fans can escape to Paradise with Cody on tour until October 8th.

Will you be getting a copy of Cody’s debut album? Let us know in the comments below.

-Shelley DeHekker



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