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"Charli" Charli XCX

by Daniel Curry - 89.1 the point
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 08:00 pm

Charli XCX’s new self-titled album “Charli” is one of the most intense pop albums of 2019. 

“Charli” is Charli XCX’s third studio album with multiple features from a wide range of artists like Troye Sivan and Lizzo. Charli’s songwriting and production gives the album the strength to be played at parties while also being able to sit with the listener, and give them something to think about.

 “Charli” has a fair balance of light poppy songs and heavy tracks that plays with your emotions. As mentioned before, you can have a lot of fun with this album, but it can also accompany those late-night thoughts that keep you awake. 

The album opens with the track “Next Level Charli.” With a fairly obvious title, this track is the introduction to the new sound she wants for this album: futuristic, free and fun. 

“I go hard, I go fast/And I never look back” Charli sings in the chorus. This lyric sets the tone for the rest of the album, and the sounds it carries. Songs such as “Cross You Out” and “Click” are some of the fun and fast paced songs, with strong instrumentals and fun lyrics. 

On the softer side of the album, songs such as “Warm” and “Official” feature Charli’s simpler, softer instrumentals. One of the biggest themes of the album is the futuristic and techy vibe it gives off. On the album, the songs “1999” and “2099” have an obvious connection. Both have features from Troye Sivan, but there is also a deeper, lyrical relation that can be made between the tracks. 

In “1999” Charli sings about how she wants to go back to the good old days and offers a happy tone throughout the song. The song itself is rhythmic and one of the songs on the album that you can see yourself having fun to. Comparably, “2099” opens with the futuristic and intense instrumentals that have been seen throughout some other songs on the album. These two songs can symbolize the change in Charli’s style of songwriting and production in general. Compared to her earlier works, which can be compared to traditional pop and pop rock, “Charli” was a huge shift in sound and style. “1999” dives into her earlier styles, while “2099” represents the direction that Charli wants to move toward. 

Overall ”Charli” is a great listen, with a wide variety in sound, but still follows the new style Charli is trying to capture. Some of the best songs off the album include: “Gone,” “1999,” and “Blame It on Your Love.” 

All in all, the concepts and ideas, along with the experimentation of new sounds give the album it’s strength and body; but the repetition of those same sounds is something that can make the album feel like it is dragging and make it hard to differentiate between songs. Besides that, ”Charli” is a great listen and is highly recommended to any heavy pop or pop rock fans. 

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