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Charli

Charli XCX

Charli

Third studio album from the English electro popstar produced by A.G. Cook

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Atlantic
UK Release date
13/09/2019
US Release date
13/09/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Returning to the studio with PC Music’s A.G. Cook, Charli XCX's new album is boundlessly liberating, decadently indulgent, and irresistibly danceable
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  2. 9.0 |   Clash

    Whereas at times bordering on abrasive to unseasoned ears, Charli’s work can appeal to pop-lovers of all stripes. As we look to the future, it seems we always can count on her to bring something unafraid to the table, and while that’s not too rare anymore, it’s still quite refreshing
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  3. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    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
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The English pop star finally finds the right time and place for her unique talents to shine
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Welcome to next-level Charli
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  6. 8.0 |   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
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Deep and sweet, and her best yet
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  8. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    If, like me, your faith in Charli itself wavered, you are forgiven and I hope relieved
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  9. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    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
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  10. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Her first official LP in five years gathers a fluid global dream team for a wild, joyously bummed-out set of avant-pop bangers
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Fast cars, futuristic sounds, weird beats and high-profile guest slots can’t cover up raw emotion
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  12. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Despite the disparate styles and messages, there's a seamlessness to the record that can only be credited to Aitchison and frequent collaborator and executive producer A.G. Cook's deft songwriting and production
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  13. 8.0 |   NME

    The result of years of experimentation, this album enlists established stars and emerging talents to create a work that is quintessentially Charli XCX
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  14. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album is full of contradictions, and they’re very much a part of the ride
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  15. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A collection of 15 pop songs that – at their most thrilling – wear their raw, metallic beats and synths on the outside, like scaffolding
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    A raw, rousing step towards superstardom
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  17. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    With adventurous production and revealing writing, Charli XCX’s third studio album reflects an artist ready to commit to self-examination
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  18. 7.0 |   All Music

    That she's this hard to pin down this far into her career is exactly what makes her a continually intriguing talent
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  19. 7.0 |   DIY

    Next-level Charli happens, it seems, to be largely a continuation of the same Charli
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  20. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    An album that is no less jam-packed than its predecessor but overstays its welcome a bit too long
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  21. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Her boldest statement yet
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  22. 7.0 |   music OMH

    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
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  23. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There’s a sense we’ve been here before with Pop 2, but that’s hardly a bad thing when escaping back to the future is the aim
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  24. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Charli shies away from extremes
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  25. 7.0 |   Crack

    Charli’s most personal album functions best when it zeroes in on what drew us to her in the first place: her utterly captivating, wholly unique sense of self
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  26. 6.0 |   Q

    Pop powerhouse gets lost on her third album. Print edition only

  27. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The long-awaited third LP from Charli XCX is here at last, and nearly half-a-decade of anticipation weighs heavily on the artist and everyone else's expectations
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  28. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Much of Charli lacks the singular sparkle of Shura or Billie Eilish, but she is still one of the better and more proficient modern pop stars on the planet, and is getting ever closer to nailing her pop masterpiece
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