Charlotte Day Wilson - Alpha
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #180 / 585
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Based on 143 ratings
2021 Ratings: #221
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July 9, 2021 / Release Date
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On Charlotte Day Wilson’s captivating debut, Alpha, the Toronto songwriter radiates this impressive luminosity with her expansive vocals and sheer songwriting brilliance, but the album’s intimate vulnerability is anything but light years away.

No Ripcord

If you’ve followed her career thus far, it sounds largely as you’d expect. There are lush soundscapes, backing vocals in abundance that create a spiritual feel to many of the songs, and lyrics about relationships and what it means to be a queer woman in the 21st Century.


A woman strong in her practise, with little room for improvement. 'ALPHA' is Charlotte Day Wilson in 360.

On her debut album, the Toronto singer-songwriter and producer draws variously from gospel, folk, and adult-contemporary influences; no matter the style, every song is a showcase for her powerful voice.
The Line of Best Fit

There’s not much on Alpha that does surprise or show us a new side of Charlotte Day Wilson, but the side she shows us is now so masterfully presented and emotionally rich its not hard to be taken by it.

Very good album.

"Alpha" is the first thing I hear from Charlotte Day Wilson, and wow... what a pleasant and enjoyable album. I love, I love Charlotte's vocal performance, accompanied by a Neo-Soul, which really suits her perfectly. I'm very interested to know what's coming up for Charlotte in the future, because I really loved her debut album.

Favorite tracks: Strangers, I Can Only Whisper, If I Could, Lovesick Utopia, Mountains, Changes, Keep Moving, Wish It Was Easy, Adam ... read more
I like the attempt Charlotte was going for, but it fell really flat and made for a monotonous, boring 36 minutes. For background noise, this record is great for that and relaxing but, I do not think this record was made for that. A decent attempt for a debut, but leaves little to return to.
After having worked with artists like BadBadNotGood and Daniel Caesar, Canadian singer, songwriter and producer Charlotte Day Wilson comes through with a very promising debut in ALPHA. Throughout these r&b and soulful tracks, Wilson talks about her experiences navigating through love being a queer woman. She has an enchanting voice that is utilizes throughout to build layers around her main vocal with stunning effect (check out the entirety of “Mountains” and the tail ends of ... read more
I’ve been curious about Charlotte Day Wilson’s career since her excellent breakout single “Work” first emerged a full five years ago. But she’s never quite lived up to this promise over a series of subsequent EPs, and her long-awaited debut LP “Alpha” is unfortunately a letdown. Wilson’s smooth contralto is soothing and highly compelling, a perfect vehicle for her sophisticated palette of downtempo neo-soul. “Alpha” certainly showcases ... read more
Alpha's a powerful debut album where everything connects

Strangers - 7/10
I Can Only Whisper (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) - 7/10
If I Could - 9/10
Lovesick Utopia - 7/10
Mountains - 9/10
Danny's Interlude (feat. Daniel Caesar)
Changes - 8/10
Take Care of You (feat. Syd) - 8.2/10
Keep Moving - 9/10
Wish It Was Easy - 8/10
Adam Complex - 7/10
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Track List

  1. Strangers
  2. I Can Only Whisper (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD)
  3. If I Could
  4. Lovesick Utopia
  5. Mountains
  6. Danny's Interlude (feat. Daniel Caesar)
  7. Changes
  8. Take Care of You (feat. Syd)
  9. Keep Moving
  10. Wish It Was Easy
  11. Adam Complex
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Added on: July 4, 2021