Voicenotes is the second studio album by American singer Charlie Puth. Almost entirely produced by Puth himself, the album was released by Artist Partner Group and Atlantic Records on May 11, 2018. Five singles have been released in support of the album, including "Attention" and "How Long". "Attention" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and "How Long" peaked at number 21.
Puth delayed the album from an early 2018 release date to "perfect" it, including reshooting the album cover. He announced on social media that he would release the album cover and the song "The Way I Am" on May 3. Puth embarked on the Voicenotes Tour in support of the album in North America throughout July and August 2018.
Upon release, the album was a commercial success, peaking at number four on the Billboard 200. The album received positive reviews from critics, who felt that it was an improvement from Puth's debut album, Nine Track Mind.
Puth described the sound of the album as "like walking down a dirt road and listening to New Edition in 1989 - and being heartbroken, of course." He also remarked that he wanted a sound akin to the late 1980s "dark R&B" of Babyface, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Teddy Riley. Puth also stated the album will have no love ballads, and that he wished to distance himself from the sound of his first album, which was "people nudging [me] in a direction that I didn't want to go in."
"Attention" was released as the first single from the album on April 21, 2017. It was met with commercial success, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100. "How Long" was released as the album's second single on October 5, 2017. The song peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top 20 in several markets. "Done for Me", the third single, was released on March 15, 2018, and features Kehlani. "Change" featuring James Taylor was released as the fourth single on March 26, 2018. "The Way I Am" was released as the album's fifth single on July 24, 2018.
"If You Leave Me Now" was released as the album's first promotional single on January 5, 2018, after Puth delayed the album. The song features Boyz II Men. "The Way I Am" was released as the second promotional single on May 3, 2018, along with the new album cover.
Voicenotes received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 67 based on five reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". In a positive review of the album, Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic called Voicenotes a "guilty pleasure" and noted that Puth is not aiming for Ed Sheeran "everyguy relatability". Taylor Weatherby of Billboard named Voicenotes the album of the week, praising Puth's rawness, and the collaborations included on the album. Mark Kennedy of The Washington Post praised the album, calling it "perfect pop", and stating that Puth has a fantastic career in front of him. In another positive review of the album, Nicholas Hautman of Us Weekly called the album "perfect for the summer", and called it "perfectly crafted".
In a mixed review of the album, Brittany Spanos of the Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, calling Puth's efforts to transition from a more mature R&B valiant, but that he needed a little more work to be compared to the likes of Justin Timberlake and Nick Jonas.
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