Cody Simpson Shows Growth With “Acoustic Sessions”

November 25, 2013
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If you have been paying the slightest bit of attention to Cody Simpson’s career, you have probably noticed that he’s a remarkably chill dude for a 16-year-old. And if you’ve seen one of his acoustic performances (like I have), it is likely that you were “DYING” to hear his latest EP, The Acoustic Sessions which was released Monday night. The album includes four mellowed-out versions of his most popular songs, and a brand new rendition of the holiday favorite, “Please Come Home For Christmas”! The album, while short, is easy listening, and effectively expresses Cody’s laid back vibe, and confirms his deeper voice. 

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After weeks of consistent social media promo, I couldn’t help but join in on all the excitement when the album finally dropped. In case you were wondering, yes, I bought the album on iTunes…yes, I did toss-up a few promotional tweets of my own. And YES, I’m twenty-five years old! (I don’t appreciate all the judgement.) For your information, Cody Simpson’s fanbase is expanding to older audiences as we speak!  While Cody’s music may have started out sounding like your common teen pop sensation, he is taking his music in a direction that a wider audience can identify with. In listening to the album, many of you 20-somethings will notice that his style is heavily influenced by Jack Johnson, Justin Timberlake…and perhaps some Jason Mraz?

“Pretty Brown Eyes”

PBE is simply too good to leave out; Cody wouldn’t dare deprive his Angels of this. With a lowered key and simplified backtrack, the song accommodates Cody’s nicely matured vocals. In contrast to the original’s party beat, the acoustic version features a slowed tempo that allows the young singer to linger on lyrics and add vocal embellishes.

“All Day”

Already a crowd favorite, we didn’t think this song needed any stripping down. We were wrong; “All Day” (acoustic) is just as infectious as the original! In this drastically different version of the hit, both Cody’s voice and the guitar have an unexpected reggae feel. The only problem is that the song is too short. Your best bet is to hit that “repeat” button. Shortly after the release of The Acoustic Sessions, Cody revealed a music video for this fantastic version of “All Day”. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/itdNoGtPQ3I

“La Da Dee”

I must admit that I got tired of the original version of this song; it was just a bit over-played. That being said, it is very apparent on this track how much his vocal abilities have developed in terms of phrasing, tone, style, and dynamism. Bravo, Cody. Bravo!

“Wish U Were Here”

While I can’t honestly say I love this version better than the original, it’s still one of my favorite Cody Simpson recordings.  In the original version, the song is characterized by a euphoric and party-esque vibe that is great for upbeat situations like running on the treadmill. Thankfully, the acoustic version still includes a newly recorded rap in the middle. With his deepened voice, Cody skillfully demonstrates that he can still sing his earlier songs with ease.

 “Please Come Home For Christmas”

Can we talk about how adorable it is that Cody basically just “gifted” his fans this well-timed version of Charles Brown’s “Please Come Home For Christmas”?  My heart is sufficiently warm. I’m aware that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but this might just be my favorite song on the album. (It’s actually a tie between this song and “All Day.”) Cody’s voice is velvety, soulful, and rich — just like the Christmas treat that is this song. He definitely did this bluesy 1960s hit justice.

 


 

Following the album’s drop, Team Cody released tour dates for another leg of acoustic shows! The shows will be small venue events, which Cody has described as “intimate” numerous times on his Twitter account.

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I have but one complaint to express about the album: THERE ARE ONLY FIVE SONGS. I can’t repeat the same five tracks for too long, Mr. Simpson. Maybe do a full-length album in this precise style? Definitely.

If you can’t get enough of The Acoustic Sessions, click here to see if there is an Acoustic Sessions show in your city. Do you agree with our review of Cody Simpson’s new music? Let us know on Twitter at @weknowthedj.

 -Jenni M. @JenniferKayMo

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