AOTY 2018

Vroom Vroom

Charli XCX - Vroom Vroom
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
User Score
Based on 321 ratings
2016 Ratings: #247
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.
EMR
77
The pseudo-punk pop personality Charli XCX is back with an exciting new project, in partnership with the PC Music filiate Sophie, one of the most awkwardly interesting producers nowadays. The result is a short collection of hyper-reality-driven tracks that showcase an odd case of perfect artistic match between two apparently discrepant worlds in music. Vroom Vroom is a colourful and fun EP that will most likely leave PC Music fans craving for more.
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.
smallpeeble
60
WTH this EP issa banger hahahahahaha or maybe this is just my mood rn. #gayness

Fave Tracks:

1. Vroom Vroom
2. Trophy
siberianbreaks
60
Charli XCX teams up with PC Music producer Sophie to create an incredibly bold and sexually dark, pop experiment. Even though I think Vroom Vroom is an incredibly flawed piece of work for its rather lackluster songwriting, I really do have to admire the sheer ballsiness of the whole thing. If this is an indicator for what the future of pop music will be, then I am pretty damn excited.

Favourite tracks: Trophy
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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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Added on: February 24, 2016