Album Review: Cody Simpson – Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast born singer and songwriter Cody Simpson has had a quick rise to fame. His family relocated to Los Angeles in 2010 to focus on his career and it couldn’t have been a better decision. Since moving his Career has sky-rocketed with the release of his debut album ‘Paradise’, touring the states supporting Justin Bieber and recently conducting his own headline tour. And let’s just all be reminded that this is all at the age of 16.
Cody has just released his second studio album appropriately titled ‘Surfers Paradise’ after his hometown to who he dedicates this album to. This record is a coming of age album for Cody who has matured so much over the past couple of years. Listening to his debut EP ‘Coast To Coast’ and comparing it to ‘Surfers Paradise’ you can see he has had a lot of mentoring and has grown up as this is evident in his song writing. The sound of the album is mix between pop/dance music but is leaning further towards chilled out beach style music. There is a heavy acoustic guitar presence and that really influences the chilled out and romantic vibe. The songs are about love, heartbreak and just girls in general. The lyrics in “Summertime Of Our Lives’ standout as the hook constantly gets stuck in your head and you find yourself humming along to this laidback tune.
Cody has two collaborations on this record, one coming from Asher Roth who is also managed by Scooter Braun but the second is a bit unexpected. Ziggy Marley features on the song ‘Love’ and brings a cool Reggae sound to this track. Cody’s fan base will most likely have no idea who Ziggy Marley is but this is a damn cool collaboration and pretty impressive.
The album is only eight tracks long but every track has been written and produced so well that it doesn’t matter as you have eight solid tracks and not another four album fillers just filling length. The highlights include ‘La Da Dee’, ‘Sinkin In’, ‘Summertime Of Our Lives’ and ‘If You Left Him For Me’. Cody has matured so much as an artist and I’m really interested to see what we will see from him in the future because he is constantly evolving and growing as a musician.
You can catch Cody Simpson live this November/December when her supports international superstar Justin Bieber on his massive ‘Believe Australian Tour’.
Justin Bieber featuring Cody Simpson ‘Believe Australian Tour’ Dates
23 November – Auckland – Vector Arena
24 November – Auckland- Vector Arena
27 November – Brisbane – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
29 November – Sydney – Allphones Arena
30 November – Sydney – Allphones Arena
2 December – Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
3 December – Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
5 December – Adelaide – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
8 December – Perth – Perth Arena
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