Charlie Puth is an artist that over time has had his impressive moments. From having massive radio and chart radio success with ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’, ‘Marvin Gaye’, ’Attention’ and ‘See You Again’ to releasing two Top 10 charting studio albums, the proof is there. But when you take away the certifications, some of the releases are average at best. The best way to describe him is that he’s a watered down version of Justin Timberlake with a few years left on his expiry. That may be harsh, but it could also be taken as a back handed compliment. All it means is that he really needs to prove himself as an artist with longevity because theres no denying that the talent is there, he’s proved that already. But he just hasn’t really done anything new or career changing with it.
After a brief hiatus, he’s serving up his first song of 2019 which also doubles as his first song from his forthcoming third studio album. With a lot of expectations surrounding what the impact of the lead single needs to do, ‘I Warned Myself’ is very disappointing. Sonically it just sounds like everything else he released from the ‘Voicenotes’ era and doesn’t stray away from that overused pulsating synth production he’s done time and time again.
Lyrically it’s a really interesting concept because it’s about falling for someone over and over again even though you know its not going to work out. It’s something we have all experience at one time or another, so it has that relatable essence. “I warned myself that I shouldn’t play with fire but I can tell that I’ll do it one more time. Don’t trust in myself, no good for my health. You messed with my heart, now you’re the reason why”. Sadly, it’s just the sonical execution that lets this one down from having a bigger impact.