Charli XCX - Charli
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2019 Ratings: #155 / 699
Year End Rank: #40
User Score
2019 Ratings: #33
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September 13, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
Alongside indulgently unadorned ruminations on fear and love, the record is boundlessly liberating, decadently indulgent, and irresistibly danceable. Aitchison has delivered her greatest work yet.
90
Clash

Whereas at times bordering on abrasive to unseasoned ears, Charli’s work can appeal to pop-lovers of all stripes.

90
The Needle Drop

Charli is a near-perfect balance of trusty pop formulas and PC Music experimentalism.

90
Highsnobiety

Charli carries certain face-melting properties; several of its songs blister, warp, and decompose over time, as a result of Cook and company’s habit of introducing new production elements as each track unfolds.

88
Paste

Charli rockets down the same hyperspeed lane as Pop 2, and like its predecessor, it’s home to a staggering number of unyielding future-pop anthems.

83
Consequence of Sound

Charli packs in plenty of wow and proves to be more than worth the wait.

80
The Telegraph

The sexy android cover and star-studded collaborations on her third album, Charli, suggest an all-guns-blazing pitch for blockbuster status. But the contents are far weirder than that implies.

80
The Independent

New album wears its raw, metallic beats and synths on the outside.

80
NME

The result of years of experimentation, this album enlists established stars and emerging talents to create a work that is quintessentially Charli XCX.

80
The Guardian

The embattled singer reveals her anxieties and coaxes brilliance from various guests in a candid, confident third album.

80
Slant Magazine

The result is a collection of sad bops masquerading as bangers, just as perfect for the club as for a solo bedroom dance party.

80
Gigwise

It’s clear that Charli XCX is a songwriter who is willing to take risks and make striking artistic decisions. She’s unafraid to go where pop hasn’t gone, and it’s an attitude sorely needed in an industry that remains conflicted between following trends and individuality.

80
Exclaim!

They've created an Event Pop Record with purpose, pointing the way forward while positioning Aitchison as a pop artist with something to say.

80
Rolling Stone
Her first official LP in five years gathers a fluid global dream team for a wild, joyously bummed-out set of avant-pop bangers.
80
The Observer

It is, hands down, the best iteration of XCX yet, the one where Aitchison’s pop capabilities line up most persuasively with her avant garde ear.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

Charli sets a standard, with room for input, for adjustment, for putting faith in the sum, in partnership, in yourself, in parties, in pop.

78
Pitchfork

With adventurous production and revealing writing, Charli XCX’s third studio album reflects an artist ready to commit to self-examination.

70
Under The Radar

Despite these brief lulls, Charli is another winning release from an artist who won't be stopped in pushing pop music into the 22nd century.

70
The Line of Best Fit
Although she could often benefit from an editor, her process and vision doesn’t adhere to the music industry’s prioritisation of the album format – which feels right for an artist whose music could be read as an attempt to dissolve time itself.
70
Loud and Quiet

Each collaboration allows her to explore different sides of her persona while still presenting something holistic.  It’s also just a bloody good pop album with lots of highlights.

70
musicOMH

Charli is not the perfect pop album, nor is it a fully developed manifesto for where pop could go, but it is a collection of enjoyable, interesting tracks that don’t sound completely alien, but also don’t sound like anyone involved is selling out.

70
DIY

Next-level Charli happens, it seems, to be largely a continuation of the same Charli.

70
AllMusic

In a way, its unevenness is only fitting for an artist as committed to blurring pop's artistic boundaries and connecting the dots between its past, present, and future as she is -- that she's this hard to pin down this far into her career is exactly what makes her a continually intriguing talent.

70
Crack Magazine

Her third studio album is more immersive and exudes more confidence than anything in her catalogue thus far.

70
Spectrum Culture

Charli shies away from extremes, its emotions sharply drawn but never devastating, its beats playfully abrasive but only occasionally mind-bending.

60
PopMatters

The uncertain atmosphere hinders the album's climb to the heights of Pop 2 and Vroom Vroom, projects with similar ideas yet much less restraint when enacting them.

Inglume
65
Charli XCX: "What's your favorite idea?! Mine is being creative!"
Me: "How do ya get the idea?"
Charli XCX: "I just try to think C R E A T I V E L Y."

So Charli XCX finally came together with another studio album (her first in 5 years), and re-invents her pop sound with the PC music influences she explored with her recent mixtapes and EPs. Needless to say, Charli is a good album! I really enjoyed some of the inventive pop styles on here, I liked Charli's creative ... read more
BradTasteMusic
98
Wow! What an unexpected effort from Charli XCX.

This album is everything I love about pop music. Such a fantastic effort. It is catchy, instantaneous, incredibly consistent, and creative.

This album travels through a large variety of pop music styles, adding a twist to all of them. Charli XCX, even hiding behind a robotic wall of autotune, is such a powerful voice who carries such powerful emotion through this album. The production is so visceral. I absolutely adored some of the melodies on ... read more
exception
85
Anyone who listened to Charli XCX's leaked project XCX World can see the ambition she had to create a cohesive album. I think Charli has been largely thought of as a singles artist for the past few years due to various label/leak/other issues, along with many of the singles she has put out (ex. Boys, 1999) being very popular on their own and did not need to be put on a project. But Charli isn't just gonna sit around and drop banger singles all the time, sometimes she's got to put a ton of ... read more
MothaOfMotha12
84
I'm scared that this is TOO good :( Every single has been good as fucking fuck

After Listening:
I have to wake up at 6:40 am, and here I am at 1 a.m. listening to this and writing this review.

If you already don't know, Charli XCX is a British singer/songwriter that has co-written hits such as Señorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello. She is one of my favorites artists of this generation, her imagination is so grand, I could die in it. It starts with one of my least favorite ... read more
WhatTheFunk
86
Dear Charli,

It is with deep respect for all your work that I take the liberty of writing this review.
If I had to qualify this album, the first word would be the album of maturity.
You've chosen to be the emblem of this whole generation of fresh pop that's bursting with raw talent. And you fight to highlight them by offering them a visibility thanks to all the feats present on your album.
On a more technical level, this album pushes back the perfection we expect from the production. There is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Next Level Charli
  2. Gone (feat. Christine and the Queens)
  3. Cross You Out (feat. Sky Ferreira)
  4. 1999 (feat. Troye Sivan)
  5. Click (feat. Kim Petras & Tommy Cash)
  6. Warm (feat. HAIM)
  7. Thoughts
  8. Blame It On Your Love (feat. Lizzo)
  9. White Mercedes
  10. Silver Cross
  11. I Don't Wanna Know
  12. Official
  13. Shake It (feat. Big Freddia, CupcakKe, Brooke Candy & Pabllo Vittar)
  14. February 2017 (feat. Clairo & Yaeji)
  15. 2099 (feat. Troye Sivan)
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Added on: June 13, 2019