Vroom Vroom

Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 510 ratings
2016 Ratings: #143
February 26, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

Pop music is often at its best when it seek to challenge its own established tradition, and imbued with a timeless feminine cultural residue, Vroom Vroom does just that. This is pop music reinventing itself, reasserting its autonomy.

80
Spin

The most exciting thing about Vroom Vroom is that it doesn’t actually feel like a bold new direction foreshadowing a major career left-turn for Charli. It just feels like her having a 12-minute laugh with a similarly brilliant collaborator, whizzing past you and burning rubber — before getting back to business on LP3.

80
The Line of Best Fit

She might have talked about breaking the rules on Sucker, but here you can feel her doing it, and it turns out to be a thrilling ride.

80
The Needle Drop

Charli XCX and PC Music's SOPHIE team up for an awesome EP.

70
Rolling Stone

With Sophie of naifish UK pop collective PC Music producing every track, this quick-hit release unleashes something more visceral than we’re used to from her.

62
Resident Advisor
At least when Aitchison stumbles, it's usually because she's trying something new.
50
Drowned in Sound

XCX boils down the urban styles she borrows into PG-rated, glittery sketches of excess bling and forbidden love, removed from the reality of class divisions or labor, or indeed the outside world in general.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s a shame ... that Charli blew this collaboration so completely. Vroom Vroom might have worked had Charli written some better hooks, or actually put some effort into her raps, or just not rapped at all.

50
Exclaim!

Stuffed with ideas that are never moulded into proper songs, Vroom Vroom sounds like a collection of incomplete demos, the beginnings of something bigger.

45
Pitchfork

No one is being done any favors reducing Charli XCX to a vapid cypher, particularly as it drains her vivid personality from the work.

hellodecatur
86
I like to imagine this is what a gay mechanic's shop sounds like.
Plats
93
What was that? What's happening?!

So, say you just listened to "Boom Clap" then you came to "Vroom Vroom" and was confused as fuck but kinda dug it anyway. SOPHIE's production has always been out of this world, but combine that with Charli XCX and you get one BANGER of an EP!

Vroom Vroom: 10
Paradise: 9
Trophy: 8.5
Secret (Shh): 9.5

Score:
9.3
Outstanding
exception
85
EDIT #2: THIS BANGS I REALLY LIKE IT A LOT NOW
VROOM VROOM MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE SONG OF THIS YEAR
EDIT: revisited this a few times, and it really isnt awful. but it is messy. charli could have a great record with this same style, just with some fine tuning and cleaning up. sophiee killed this on the production, absolutely stellar.
MothaOfMotha12
97
this is a pretty great EP, hope to get more songs like vroom vroom and secret (Shh) on her new album
BuffaloStaple
84
the production is actually really fucking dope, I just wish the vocals would shut the fuck up a little more often

EDIT: oh snap it's growing on me pretty heavy, new score: 80
EDIT: why can't I stop playing this?! new score: 84
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#8/Tiny Mix Tapes
#74/Noisey

MISC LISTS

/Stereogum (EPs)

Track List

  1. Vroom Vroom
  2. Paradise (feat. Hannah Diamond)
  3. Trophy
  4. Secret (Shh)
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