“I think it’s time I let you go/ Gotta cut the rope, ‘cause you’re tied to someone new…” – Undone‘s opener Lovers to Strangers aches with regret, self-blame and feeling erased by the former love of your life.
Collins began writing the material for Undone in the wake of a marriage separation (“I know it’s my fault/ And I don’t deserve your last name”) and the title track is one of her most heart-wrenching yet: “I remember writing this song on my bed in the dark while tears streamed down my face,” she recalled.
Written in just an hour, Collins has said this record’s fourth single Backseat Valentine is “all about my wild, batsh-t crazy side which I haven’t exposed in my music before… yes, I’m not always a sad f-ck writing sad songs.” And her second album is certainly not devoid of hope: Just My Luck’s upbeat tempo and shiny, uplifting riffs evoke a spontaneous, luv’d-up road trip, while self-acceptance anthem F-ck It – a response to hurtful gossip – features punchy drums and instantly catchy hooks. During closer Couldn’t Have Loved You Anymore, Collins ponders, “What went wrong?/ Am I impossible to love?”
Collins described her award-winning debut album, 2019’s Snowpine, as being “about my journey from when I was a kid to now”. On follow-up Undone, more pop than alt-country, this Tamworth musician bravely shares her emotional truth and finds strength in vulnerability: “Do you still call me your wife or that girl who f-cked your life?/ Hope someday we can be friends.”
Undone by Charlie Collins is out now via Island Records.
Charlie is touring! Get ticket details here, and see dates below.
SAT 14 MAY – OXFORD ART FACTORY – SYDNEY
Melbourne and Brisbane shows to be rescheduled.