Album Review

Charlie Worsham - Compadres

Though only five songs, Compadres feels like the gift that keeps on giving, as you find new charms with every listen.

Charlie Worsham - Compadres EP Cover
October 19, 2023 2:15 pm GMT
Last Edited October 25, 2023 3:49 pm GMT

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Charlie Worsham - Compadres

Label: Warner Music Nashville

Release Date: October 13, 2023

Producer: Jaren Johnston

Tracklisting:

1. Handful of Dust (Feat. Lainey Wilson)

2. Kiss Like You Dance (Feat. Kip Moore)

3. How I Learned To Pray (Feat. Luke Combs)

4. Creekwater Clear (Feat. Elle King)

5. Things I Can't Control (Feat. Dierks Bentley)

Charlie Worsham has spent the last decade wearing several different musical hats. He’s stepped forward as an artist in his own right, while also pursuing successful careers as a musician and songwriter, at the heart of it all simply doing what he loves. His new project, Compadres, encompasses this perfectly.

The five-pack of star-studded songs, featuring duets with heavy hitters Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Kip Moore, finds the musicianship at the forefront. Without a synth track or 808 beat in earshot, the organic instrumentation takes centerstage on Compadres, and it's one of the most undeniably, categorically country sounding projects to hit the mainstream this year.

With this authentic, traditional sound, Worsham's clean vocals weave beautifully with each collaborator’s take. From the perfectly blended, Wilson-assisted 'Handful of Dust' to the visually evocative ode to his home state of Mississippi on 'Creekwater Clear', it's a masterfully balanced and neatly packaged EP that’s not trying to either commercially reach for the stars or be overly entrancing.

Though only five songs, Compadres feels like the gift that keeps on giving, as you find new charms with every listen. It's understated, yet effective, and though he's joined by names that should effortlessly steal the show, Worsham remains the star throughout.

8.5/10

Charlie Worsham's 2023 Collaborative EP Compadres is out now via Warner Music Nashville.

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Written by Lydia Farthing
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