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Album Recommendation: Charli XCX - 'Charli'

The artist's self-titled album is out now.

We’re gonna level with you here: We know you don’t come to this site for pop coverage. But make an exception for Charli XCX.

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On her new album, Charli, XCX elaborates on the experimental cyber-pop of her previous release, Pop2, pushing it further in nearly every direction. A collaborative work with producer A.G. Cook, the album not only showcases an increased versatility in XCX’s songwriting, it’s also where you’re bound to hear some of the most forward-thinking (*gasp*) electronic music of the year.

Charli jumps between extremes, and the intense moments—like the massive collisions of digital noise and metallic drum drops on “Click” and the robotic, siren-laced bounce on “Shake It”—are juxtaposed with relatively stripped-back, intimate tracks. The neo-ballad “Gone” and dancehall-referencing “Warm” showcase a strikingly grown-up-sound—only to be upended by candy-coated, autotune-abusing earworm tracks like “1999”, which is so over-the-top it could soundtrack that Jeep scene from Zoolander (see below).


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So regardless of how often you let pop slip into your dense schedule of dark techno and esoteric experimental listening, we think Charli is worth a spin. You might just like it.

Stream the album on Spotify above.