Charli XCX - CRASH
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2022 Ratings: #396 / 751
Year End Rank: #46
User Score
2022 Ratings: #341
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Gigwise

Crash finds Charli back at the earworm territory of 'Boom Clap' but with the production and songwriting experience of almost ten years of solid, mostly diamond experimentation.

100
Dork
A collection of giganto-bops flung with gleeful abandon, Charli is nothing if not a juxtaposition. This time, though, the results are nothing short of a triumph.
100
The Independent
Charli XCX sounds like a woman loving life at the wheel of these 12 luxury pop vehicles.
90
RIOT

Relentless both in energy and in feeling, Crash sees her unleashed and producing earworm pop bangers from start to finish.

90
DIY

She once again explores new ventures, crafting a pop album that celebrates the old classics as well as the new, and cements her status as a true pop trailblazer.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Charli XCX has carved a niche for herself in recent years as one of hyperpop’s most beloved flag-bearers, but with her new album Crash, she has opted for a record that is well and truly pop.

80
The Arts Desk
The subject matter throughout is love and sex, infidelity and longing.
80
Pitchfork

Charli’s best full-length project since Pop 2 is a canny embrace of modern and vintage pop styles by one of its most sincere students.

80
The Telegraph

Crash is clever and fun, as her admirers have come to expect from XCX, but until Charli scores a bona fide smash it is going to feel like an art project commenting on the state of pop rather than the real thing.

80
NME
The star marks the beginning of a more experimental chapter – but on the way out of major label life, she puts her own spin on mainstream pop.
80
musicOMH
If this is any indication of what’s to come in a post-Atlantic world, then we’re in for a real treat.
80
AllMusic

It may not be quite as striking as how i'm feeling now, but on Crash, Charli XCX once again finds endless freedom in pop's constraints.

75
Under The Radar

Crash, while certainly not for everyone (what is?), is Charli XCX’s own translation of wounds—ahead of its time yet delivered somehow at the appropriate moment.

75
Beats Per Minute

Despite its minor detours, Crash is one of Charli’s better albums even if it will likely garner a polarizing reaction. She’s fully dedicated though, and it’s a testament to her commitment to crafting the big ‘sellout’ pop album, which she mostly nails.

72
Paste

CRASH is Charli’s first explicit passion project, and as with many such efforts, quality is sometimes sacrificed in favor of fulfilling a vision. It’s not her discography’s lowest point, but it is her first misstep.

70
Crack Magazine

Strangely, for a so-called sellout album – is unlikely to draw in any newcomers to the XCX world. For fans who enjoy the whiplash uncertainty of the Charli experience, however, there’s a lot of face value fun to be had.

70
Exclaim!
It's a bit messy, but most crashes are.
70
Slant Magazine

Charli XCX’s Crash finds the pop singer workshopping the reckless abandon of her persona.

70
Rolling Stone
The ‘”anti-pop star”delivers mega-bops that don’t dilute her art-school eccentricities.
70
Clash
Even when she’s not at her best, she displays enough nous and melody to stand head and shoulders above practically all her rivals
64
Sputnikmusic

This is conventional, making a very sharp right turn from where she was to a place she has explored before. and that's just fine.

60
Spectrum Culture

On Crash, Charli embraces a festive dance-pop, with varied textures pulled from the ‘70s all the way to the explosion of electronic currents in the late 2000s.

60
The Young Folks

While there are enough highlights on Crash to keep it from being bad, it’s lacking that spark and frenzied energy that makes Charli XCX such an exciting, formidable talent.

60
Evening Standard
Veering away from the edge and towards convention, Charli XCX ends up sounding like everyone else.
60
The Guardian
Torn between chart success and the pop vanguard, the artist self-consciously set out to make a ‘major label album’ – but it’s full of mixed messaging.
60
The Sydney Morning Herald

For an artist who’s always brought such a unique perspective, Crash – despite small glimmers of brilliance – is clumsy and lacks direction.

58
A.V. Club

Overall, CRASH’s crystal clear production and iron-clad writing has all of the force behind it to propel the album into the stratosphere. But instead of putting the pedal to the metal in pursuit of a high camp sound, it stays in the slow lane.

50
The Needle Drop

Charli's mildest album since the pre-Vroom Vroom days.

BradTasteMusic
78

CRASH is another amazing crop of tracks from the queen of pop, Charli XCX. This album doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it sure as hell makes a good god damn wheel.

The flow of this album is amazing. The project feels very consistent. The songs are super catchy for the most part, and it is different enough from her other work to feel fresh and original

Vid coming soon

BaddieBaphomet
80

Who would had thought a pop album this straightforward would have such a opinion splitting rollout?

If you’ve been keeping up with the album rollout for Charli XCX’s latest album, “CRASH”, you’ll know that the fan reaction leading up to today has been “mixed” to say the least. The singer-songwriter and electropop enthusiast has always had some pushback with practically new project she’s released, but it usually dies down very quickly and reverts ... read more

Maqtheus
86

NINGUÉM FAZ MÚSICA POP COMO CHARLI XCX

Não importa quanto tempo passe, não importa quais os caminhos percorridos por ela e, principalmente, não importa a recepção dos seus álbuns. Ela sempre vai nos surpreender com um pop único e cheio de identidade.

Embora seu nome não seja tão conhecido como o de Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish ou até mesmo o da Dua Lipa, Charli ainda assim exerce sua ... read more

iluvgaga
80

it was a good pop album. miss charli definitely achieved the pop girl era vision. bit lacklustre at points and it felt like charli was missing from some of the songs but there were also very very high points. mmmmh... baby

73

Charli XCX shows how strong she can be in the pop field. Nevertheless, it's just not as good as it should be.

75

Fun. Best song: Beg for You

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Track List

1Crash
2:09
80
2New Shapes
3:20
78
3Good Ones
2:16
83
4Constant Repeat
3:09
79
5Beg For You
2:48
77
6Move Me
2:27
74
7Baby
2:39
77
8Lightning
3:57
80
9Every Rule
3:03
71
10Yuck
2:18
77
11Used To Know Me
2:25
73
12Twice
3:14
74
Total Length: 33 minutes

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Added on: November 1, 2021