Charli XCX Speaks to the Future on her New Album

In the 5 years since Charli XCX’s previous album, Sucker, Charli started a pop music revolution. After joining forces with boundary-pushing label PC Music and releasing wild experimental singles, EPs, and mixtapes, her new album, Charli, released on September 13th, 2019, takes her new, unique style of pop music to new heights.

Charli is genre-defying, featuring everything from bubblegum bangers to futuristic noise art. The opener, “Next Level Charli”, offers an upbeat anthem that perfectly introduces the album to follow. On “Blame It On Your Love”, Charli XCX cleans up “Track 10” from her 2017 mixtape Pop 2, turning it into mainstream electropop featuring American rapper Lizzo. “White Mercedes” is a ballad about a relationship that’s doomed to fail. “Cross You Out”, featuring American singer Sky Ferreira, is a loud, synth-infused breakup song. “Gone”, featuring Christine and the Queens, is among the best, most emotional songs on the album. “2099”, one of two tracks on the album featuring Troye Sivan, closes the album out on a dystopian note with futuristic, cyborg-like synths.

But in order to see where the album truly stands out, look no further than “Click” and “Shake It”. “Click” is a maelstrom of out-of-this-world futuristic noise, culminating in a mind-numbing final 30 seconds that’s louder than the rest of the album combined. On “Shake It”, a quartet of femme collaborators—Big Freedia, CupcakKe, Pabllo Vittar, and Brooke Candy—come together for a dirty, insanely bizarre journey through water-like sound effects, robotic sounds and vocals, and whole verses whispered.

Over the last few years, Charli XCX has begun to been considered “the future of pop”—and after listening to Charli, it becomes abundantly clear why. Filled with distortions, synths, jagged sounds, and verses in English, French, Portuguese, and Korean, this album clearly distinguishes Charli XCX from every other pop artist. Charli successfully brings weird and experimental sounds to the world of mainstream pop, continuing to prove what we already know: the world is lucky to have Charlotte Aitchison.

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