Album Review: David Ford - Charge

David Ford is leading the 'Charge' to notoriety on his 4th official studio album. It should deliver new fans and satisfy those already converted to the gravel vocals and meaningful lyrics of Mr. Ford.  

I've been a fan of David Ford ever since that video for the track 'I Don't Care What You Call Me' when a queue of ladies lined up to slap David in the face in an underground car park. So it's a pleasure to own David's new album 'Charge' and to be able to review it here now. Over the 10 tracks, 'Charge' once again confirms that David Ford is an outstanding songwriter with clever hooks, striking, meaningful lyrics and a wonderful voice.

There's a fine mix of genres within 'Charge' from the upbeat pop of the love song 'Proper Soul' to the bluesy 'Ballad of Miss Lilly' to charming strings accompanied 'Philadelphia Boy' to the energetic closing track 'Every Time'. The mix works relatively well without a poor track on the album.

Standout tracks for me are the one's with the energy. 'Pour a Little Poison' is a rousing opening track that demands finger clicking, foot tapping and head bopping. I adore the two fingers to the music industry that is the track 'Every Time' which you can hear above. The best song is 'Perfect Soul' which is so good it should be all over daytime radio.

'Every Time' sums up 'Charge' very well. After a decade trying to 'Make It', 'Charge' feels like the fun no frills album that an artist is likely to make free of the shackles of record companies and industry people. 'Charge' has some great tunes on there and is worthy of your attention if you like decent rock/pop music.

David Ford - Charge [11 out of 12]

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