Charlie Puth, If You Leave Me Now | Track Review
Charlie Puth ‘steps his game up’ on “If You Leave Me Now,” the third single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album, ‘Voicenotes.’ He’s assisted by Boyz II Men.
“I’m only one call away way / I’ll be there to save the day / Superman got nothing on me-e / I’m only one call away.” Yeah, that was totally Charlie Puth in 2016 on his debut album, Nine Track Mind. Let’s not even get started on a candidate for the ‘whitest’ single ever, “Marvin Gaye.” Thankfully, the 26-year old pop musician has seriously stepped his game up, building buzz for his sophomore album, Voicenotes (January 19, 2018 May 11, 2018). Following two enjoyable singles with “Attention” and “How Long”, Puth may shine his brightest yet on “If You Leave Me Now,” featuring Boyz II Men.
The pros seem to be endless for “If You Never Leave Me Now.” The sound of the record is throwback ‘contemporary’ R&B – think 1990s when Boyz II Men were in their prime. Perhaps this should be anachronistic, but it’s more refreshing because of its reminiscent sound. The vocals from Puth as well as his soulful supporting cast are exceptional (Boyz II Men get some ‘prime time’ as well). As the predominate lead, Puth is much more commanding and soulful than he’s been in the past. Considering that past consists of the likes of the aforementioned “One Call Away” or “Marvin Gaye,” that’s big.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that Charlie Puth is thinking ‘next level’ with “If You Leave Me Now.” In a tweet, he cites this as “probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written”. He should be proud – it’s top-rate. The a cappella vocals, the production, and simple, but thoughtful lyrics, and the modulation (key change). Great way to kick off 2018.