Charli XCX - Pop 2
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
User Score
Based on 210 ratings
2017 Ratings: #164
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Charli XCX’s latest mixtape is a vision of what pop music could be, the sound of an eclectic, hyperreal future where romantic love is fun but fucked and partying is an emotional refuge.
Consequence of Sound
By inflating pop music to its cartoonish extremes, Charli and her cohorts find something most artists don’t dare to look for: They find space between the boring and the uncomfortable, the pristine and the filthy, the sterile corporate origins of much radio pop, and the vibrant human spaces in which it’s consumed.
Charli’s second mixtape of the year isn’t just about proving she’s more than your average pop star, but about her settling into her role as innovator, celebrator, and curator supreme.
Crack Magazine

Led by Charli XCX on Pop 2, we catch a glimpse of electropop reaching adulthood.

Tiny Mix Tapes

For better or for worse, Charli XCX is embracing maturity on her fourth mixtape ... And though she may not find what she’s looking for anytime soon, Charli XCX, on Pop 2, is at least looking down a new path.

The Guardian

With adventurous ideas, noisy thrills and eclectic guests, Charli XCX shows that cheesy pop can be truly creative.

The 405

POP 2 is perplexing throughout. Cuts to silence and haphazard switching of rhythm make it constantly disorientating. With the exception of the chart beckoning 'Out of My head' with Tove Lo, every track here has the structure of subverted pop destined for the decades beyond.

This mixtape has no higher purpose than to let its creators run wild, showcasing their prodigious talents with frequent moments of pop brilliance.
The Needle Drop

Pop 2 is another welcome collaboration between Charli XCX and the PC Music camp.

Dec 15, 2017*
edit: after further reconsideration, i think I've come to appreciate what this album has to offer. while i still don't love many of the songs, as i did with N1A, it's still a better body of work upon more listens. that needs to be taken into consideration. my initial review is still up though

it's chaotic and all over the place, mostly saved when charli xcx can get her own space. tracks like "Delicious" and "Femmebot" feel disrupted by their guests, who seem to have no ... read more
Dec 13, 2017*
Messy, autotuned, robotic, and crazy, but who cares?

I love it!

Favs: Backseat (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen), Tears (feat. Caroline Polachek), I Got It (feat. Brooke Candy, CupcakKe and Pabllo Vittar), Femmebot (feat. Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco), Delirious (feat. Tommy Cash) and Track 10.
Dec 19, 2017
The best Charli XCX project since Sucker, Pop 2 synthesizes all of her PC Music collaborations with her mainstream pop peers to form one of the best bubblegum bass projects the young genre has seen. This is off-kilter pop for those looking for a classic rush of dopamine without the predictability that usually comes with it.
Jan 28, 2018
I can’t explain how much this album has grown on me. I love almost every song here, it’s a truly new step not just for Charli, but for the future pop music in general.
Jan 10, 2018
Once again Charli XCX teams up with PC Music producers and delivers a sweet,accessible and futuristic version of pop music. There are some songs that kinda didn't hit the mark for me, but overall it's a pretty solid project and personally my favorite from Charli XCX. Hoping that she continues to deliver futures projects with this similar sound/aesthetic.
Fave Tracks: Backseat, Lucky, I Got It, Femmebot, Unlock it, Track10.
Least fave: Porsche
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Track List
  1. Backseat (feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)
  2. Out of My Head (feat. Tove Lo and ALMA)
  3. Lucky
  4. Tears (feat. Caroline Polachek)
  5. I Got It (feat. Brooke Candy, CupcakKe and Pabllo Vittar)
  6. Femmebot (feat. Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco)
  7. Delicious (feat. Tommy Cash)
  8. Unlock It (feat. Kim Petras and Jay Park)
  9. Porsche (feat. MØ)
  10. Track 10

Added on: December 6, 2017