Charli XCX

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No thread on her yet. Her two singles released this year ('stay away', 'nuclear seasons') got the 'best new track' feature on Pitchfork and TheSinglesJukebox rated the later with a 7.83 which is quite a high score by their standards. Also it seems she's been getting the love by british press for a few years now, but I can't confirm that firsthand.

Moka, Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:24 (eight years ago) link

Is she named after a Star Trek episode?

Miss Piggy and Frodo in Hull (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 13 November 2011 00:49 (eight years ago) link

From interview magazine :

FULL NAME: Charlotte Aitchison. “The XCX really stands for ‘kiss Charli kiss’ which is unbelievably crap.”

AGE: 17.

PROVENANCE: Hertfordshire.

SOUND: Pouty raps, fuzzy basslines.

INTERVIEW: How long have you been making music?
CHARLI XCX: I started writing my own things when I was about 8. I used to try to bully my friends into imitating the Spice Girls on the playground. Then I realized, Oh god, my career’s going nowhere, so I looked in the Yellow Pages and phoned up the first cheap studio that I found and started recording.
INTERVIEW: What’s your song “I Wanna Be Darth Vader” about?
CHARLI XCX: Well, last night on Britain’s Got Talent, there was this absolute twat dancing to
Michael Jackson in a Darth Vader suit, which put me off a bit, but I used to think Darth Vader was really sexy—the mask, the voice, the heavy breathing, and the way that his cape whooshes when he walks.
INTERVIEW: What’s your grand plan?
CHARLI XCX: Well, there are a huge amount of girls out at the minute and they’re all great, but I feel like I could take them all on. I like Lady Gaga’s music and I think her fashion is great, but I saw her on a chat show and I wanted to punch her in the face. I kind of like La Roux, but her voice sometimes really annoys me. That said, I recently noticed that I’ve been doing really high notes in my songs, and I’m like, Oh no, here it comes. I’m going to turn into La Roux. And I’ve just gotten a massively short haircut with a huge fringe. Next I’ll be going ginger.

Moka, Sunday, 13 November 2011 01:57 (eight years ago) link

God bless all these musicians before their PR agents get to them and they actually give fun interviews.
Great songs, by the way.

SirGreendown, Sunday, 13 November 2011 23:33 (eight years ago) link

Whoops, meant to say "God bless all these youngish musicians while they're still giving fun interviews, before their PR agents get to them."

SirGreendown, Sunday, 13 November 2011 23:35 (eight years ago) link

kinda confused by seeing people have their minds blown by her. she's ok i guess, need to hear way more though - i like what i've heard but i'm not fully convinced for some reason, seems a touch heavy-handed

all i see is angels in my eyes (lex pretend), Monday, 14 November 2011 07:59 (eight years ago) link

Stay Away is definitely one of my favorites this year. Nuclear Seasons, not really.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 17 November 2011 18:04 (eight years ago) link

three months pass...

Totally into "Nuclear Seasons" and I think I'm gonna go see her tomorrow at her first US show (!)

Joan Cusack clumsily running into a water fountain (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 8 March 2012 13:32 (seven years ago) link

i love stay away. and valentine. haven't heard anything else other than nuclear seasons which a lot of people seem to like but i don't really get

teledyldonix, Friday, 9 March 2012 01:53 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

the chorus in this is great

owenf, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:51 (seven years ago) link

Still waiting for something as good as Stay Away. Not even the Icona Pop song is close imo.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 11 June 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

okay so this "super ultra" mixtape is just ridiculously great

monotony, Saturday, 10 November 2012 09:57 (seven years ago) link

It is!

Tim F, Monday, 19 November 2012 17:25 (seven years ago) link

cosign! this is probably the closest an album has come to approximating the feel of maxinquaye for me, sounds amazing late at night. rapping over "moments in love" is p much a direct route to my heart. it's a little messy, but the songs are really there. also i didn't realize she was only 20--she'll probably go for leaner production choices in the future.

een, Monday, 26 November 2012 05:38 (seven years ago) link

Everything is consistently excellent. Also "Heatwave" is my jam.

Tim F, Monday, 26 November 2012 08:19 (seven years ago) link

It's almost as if... Someone made tumblr-pop that justified the adjectives and lurid colourscapes.

Tim F, Monday, 26 November 2012 08:21 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Lindstrøm gives this shit a proper workout.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 14 February 2013 06:23 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

i really have no idea what to make of this album, like even whether i'm enjoying it or not

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:53 (six years ago) link

i feel like i'm on the brink of being completely YESSSSS THIS IS RESONATING DEEPLY WITH ME but i can't...quite...get...there and it's the kind of thing where if you're NOT on board emotionally it's kind of functionally useless

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:54 (six years ago) link

"you're the one" is a bit of a monster though

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:55 (six years ago) link

albeit i think i might like "you're the one" better if it didn't plunge shamelessly into its cheesy chorus?

the brooke candy verse on this is disappointingly terrible

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 20:57 (six years ago) link

have't heard the album but from the singles can attest that if you're on board emotionally they are the best ever

katherine, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:41 (six years ago) link

there's a vagueness that keeps me from being emotionally on board "you're the one" but that curving bass

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:46 (six years ago) link

really love the lingering the verses do on "you (ha ha ha)" too

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 21:49 (six years ago) link

Does she have her own "I Love It" on this? I am still curious to hear what she would have done with it instead of Icona Pop.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 22:48 (six years ago) link

I'm into this newest single "what I like". she has a knack for cadence

monotony, Sunday, 31 March 2013 01:54 (six years ago) link

streaming over @ pitchfork advance

monotony, Tuesday, 9 April 2013 15:07 (six years ago) link

This has very big Alisha's Attic vibes writ large all over it. It's a modern pop album that seems designed for people who grew up in the 90s, which is probably either really cute and endearing, or naff and silly, depending on your taste for talky-sung verses in the style of Siobhan Fahey when in Shakespeare's Sister.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:50 (six years ago) link

Charli XCX herself seems very much a pop starlet for the twenty-something crowd, in the way she nonchalantly swears and sings about sexual encounters but it's all framed in this goth-pop cuteness with easy melodies and simple vivid imagery. I can see this album's relationship to 90's r&b being comparable to the way Anniemal took 80's disco and made it sound very pop but very chic, even though this is a lot more obviously dark and menacing.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 10 April 2013 22:58 (six years ago) link

aka the awful song with Brooke Candy made me nervous but I even don't mind that in the context of the album and You (Ha Ha Ha) is actually better than I remembered and the rest of it is great. The first three singles are still the best stuff here especially Nuclear Seasons but this is a pretty wonderful pop album.

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:20 (six years ago) link

as extravagant as charli's overload of stylistic reference points is, i don't think it's what's preventing this clicking for me - basically just don't think her songwriting is quite there yet. it's a bit overstuffed but the problem is less that and more her lack of a really distinct songwriting voice

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:38 (six years ago) link

or just, interesting words, or something

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:38 (six years ago) link

i think i'm the only person in the world that doesn't hate the brooke candy song. the second-to-last one "how can i" would be the dud if i had to pick one

monotony, Thursday, 11 April 2013 13:03 (six years ago) link

You're not alone. Cloud Aura is one of her best. That said, True Romance is a let-down for me largely due to the production. My favorite track is What I Like, but even it has it's problems. Like why start of with a great intro that gets you all hyped up, only to never reference it anywhere else in the song? Still love it, but that's just one example of the many opportunities missed by this album. I expected it to be much more in the vein of Dance 4 U and Velvet Dreaming but the album's first half is like a 90's rehash of what Little Boots was doing with 80's pop.

Cousin Slappy, Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:45 (six years ago) link

I've been cool on her other singles but "What I Like" is marvelous.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 April 2013 17:47 (six years ago) link

this is awesome; the two-year-old songs thread in pretty seamlessly

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 18:53 (six years ago) link

weird but so far i prefer the album tracks to most of the singles (except "what i like" which wow). "like roses" and "take my hand" especially

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:19 (six years ago) link

black roses*

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 April 2013 19:19 (six years ago) link

Really, really, really good record.

monotony, Wednesday, 17 April 2013 01:59 (six years ago) link

after seeing her live last week this album is finally seriously beginning to click for me

in a way i'm glad the singles never quite did it in isolation because i get to feel the rush of "YOU'RE JUST ELECTRIC BLUE" now instead

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 19:51 (six years ago) link


somewhere, shirley manson feels proud

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 19:59 (six years ago) link

brooke candy's rap on "cloud aura" is so so bad but the rest of it is so good

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:01 (six years ago) link


emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:02 (six years ago) link

hmmm i gave this album a couple spins last week but i only actually liked about half of it (mostly the front half, but some later too), the rest just became this amorphous blur of whatever

dyl, Monday, 22 April 2013 20:03 (six years ago) link

it's taken me about a month and about...8 or 9 plays, i guess, to click

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 22 April 2013 20:04 (six years ago) link

YOU'RE JUST ELECTRIC BLUUUUUUE is wonderful. all of this is wonderful.

except for brooke candy

twinkin' and drinkin' and ready to fly (Alex in Montreal), Monday, 22 April 2013 21:02 (six years ago) link

Is "cloud aura" the same as on last year's mixtape?

Tim F, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:33 (six years ago) link

yeah no changes as far as i can tell

monotony, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:42 (six years ago) link

"set me free" is ENORMOUS and shoulda been the lead-off single instead of "you"

monotony, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:43 (six years ago) link

I still don't get why "I Love It" didn't get the praise this is getting, I know it's noisy and brash but that's kinda the point?

This keeps getting better on repeated listens, it's not so much that it's a grower as

boxedjoy, Monday, 22 April 2013 22:50 (six years ago) link

Man, that “Spicy” track/video is an abomination

the last Berry La Croix in the work fridge (morrisp), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 04:53 (six months ago) link

When your label regards you as barely a notch above the writing-camp set you occasionally have to suck it up and do the job that a “Spicy” requires of you
Presumably she had a decent amount of fun making it, at least

what else are you all “over” (Champiness), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 05:30 (six months ago) link

she performed the song at pitchfork fest this past weekend which would indicate she is not a hostage in this situation

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 24 July 2019 06:02 (six months ago) link

Heh, seems like I am alone in enjoying Spicy then.

Chewshabadoo, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 09:15 (six months ago) link

I’m pretty interested to see what she does in terms of her set list for this upcoming headline tour. It’s been years since she’s toured properly - her shows for the last 3-4 years have either been opening for larger acts (T-Swift, Halsey), ravier “parties” (mostly in the wake of Pop 2) in a small number of cities and in small venues, or random club shows like the one with SOPHIE in LA at the end of 2016 where she played most of what would’ve constituted the now scrapped XCX World album. That’s meant a lot of inconsistency in an attempt to cater to different audiences - the Taylor show attendees got “Boom Clap” and “Fancy”, while at the club parties she’d bring out Caroline Polachek for “Tears” or whatever. I guess she’ll play a lot of songs from the new record on this new tour - hopefully a track or two from the first two albums makes the cut ahead of “Spicy”.

monotony, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 10:15 (six months ago) link

xp: Its certainly not her best, but I don't think it's particularly bad. I'm not too familiar with the source material.

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:44 (six months ago) link

I loorv it!


Cousin Slappy, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 22:30 (six months ago) link

I'm not too familiar with the source material.

it's the second-best pop single of the '90s!

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Wednesday, 24 July 2019 23:08 (six months ago) link

I was mostly listening to too much phish and sublime at the time unfortunately. I know the chorus to Wannabe but couldn't recognize the verses.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 25 July 2019 00:39 (six months ago) link

Sounds like a good homework assignment is to listen to Spice. :D

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 25 July 2019 08:45 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

New track (ft. HAIM):

daavid, Friday, 30 August 2019 16:40 (four months ago) link

this one is short but i really like it.

her cover of "tootimetootimetootime" was great too

ufo, Friday, 6 September 2019 05:10 (four months ago) link

groovypanda, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:49 (four months ago) link

New album makes me miss old Charli and also that I can only tolerate AG Cook/PC Music production for like 15 mins at a time max despite their/their aesthetic's growing ubiquity in pop music

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:22 (four months ago) link

The last 30 seconds of "Click" may be the most unlistenable, unpleasant thing I've ever heard in my life

winters (josh), Friday, 13 September 2019 06:04 (four months ago) link

I was surprised this wasn’t on the album, was on of my favourites of the recent tracks.

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:21 (four months ago) link

I don't know, I feel like there's a bit of the old Charli on this album! "Cross You Out" and its 80s prom sludge especially reminds me of True Romance. To me the album is kind of messy but also solidly reconciles two of her principal personas, being "brash pop singer" and "bonkers pop reformist" (for the latter, see "Shake It" and "Click")

monotony, Friday, 13 September 2019 07:29 (four months ago) link

this is generally fine but mostly feels like an attempt to recapture the magic of Pop 2 that doesn't quite get there (though gets decently close at times). it's less focused, not quite as jam-packed with hooks and the textures feel a little brighter and harsher too which ends up a bit grating by the end.

ufo, Friday, 13 September 2019 11:37 (four months ago) link

"gone" is kinda representative of the whole album because it's a pretty good song but then goes for a "backseat"-style breakdown but doesn't quite push things as far and the end result is a bit underwhelming in comparison?

ufo, Friday, 13 September 2019 11:40 (four months ago) link

i know the haim track came out weeks ago but that's my favorite, it kicks ass

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 September 2019 12:51 (four months ago) link

is there some label drama that kept "Pop 2" from being an "album"? I loved it. Given what they did with "Blame it on Your Love", this album comes off as trying to reshape that sound to something than can chart... then again "Click" gets pretty damn weird.

Anyway I've been looking forward to the album and didn't bother with the other singles much. Talk later,angels

maffew12, Friday, 13 September 2019 12:59 (four months ago) link

"white mercedes" is excellent, fully hybridized charli

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 September 2019 13:01 (four months ago) link

"blame it on your love" and "1999" are far and away the worst songs on this

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 September 2019 13:45 (four months ago) link

"Gone" sounded good at Pitchfork a couple months ago.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 September 2019 14:03 (four months ago) link


― emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, April 22, 2013 1:02 PM (six years ago) bookmarkflaglink

me otm

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 13 September 2019 14:11 (four months ago) link

"White Mercedes," "I Don't Wanna Know," and "Official" sound like future soft-rock radio staples to me

winters (josh), Friday, 13 September 2019 18:24 (four months ago) link

Very disappointed with the tame noisiness at the end of "Click" after the "most unlistenable, unpleasant thing I've ever heard in my life" setup!

I still want a whole album that sounds like "Nuclear Seasons", one day, but for now this sounds pretty intriguing. "Next Level Charli", "Gone", "Cross You Out", "Click", "Warm", "Thoughts", "White Mercedes" and "Silver Cross" is my initial abridged version, and I suspect my 12yo daughter will like most of the ones I didn't pick.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 13 September 2019 18:28 (four months ago) link

Oh, and "2099", I'll take that one, too.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 13 September 2019 18:29 (four months ago) link

"blame it on your love" is decent enough even when "track 10" already exists, except for the drop and the lizzo verse which is as perfunctory as guest-rap bridges get

ufo, Friday, 13 September 2019 23:00 (four months ago) link

I feel like this is a valid compromise of the music that Charli wants to make and what her label wants her to release.
*shrug* I kinda like it.

But I've also set my expections on worse and so I'm glad this record still has its Pop2'esque moments, even though like everyone and their mom I'd - of course - want a Pop 3 by Charli instead of another "regular" album.

fragglerock, Friday, 13 September 2019 23:17 (four months ago) link

Sad about this release. The relentless release of singles was an odd gesture that I couldn't figure out whether done in pride or worry --- but so very likely some other monetary gain behind it. It's just very mediocre. There are moments that never shine. And, me, I'm the kind of guy who worships AG and regularly listens to his Soundcloud mixes just because I find his style so addictive. There's so little here that I want to listen to again.

Still optimistic for Pop 3!

57mg/20floz, Saturday, 14 September 2019 13:46 (four months ago) link

Seeing as they did a remix of 'What I Like' years ago I'm shocked that 'Cross You Out' isn't a straight off the rail Com Truise joint. I guess the overlap between them and AG Cook is smaller than I appreciated.

nashwan, Friday, 27 September 2019 14:37 (three months ago) link

Surprised to see such a mixed reaction for the album on here. I'm pretty much obsessed with it as much as I have been with her best work. It does feel like a best of Charli as I can hear some of her previous eras throughout. Doesn't really sound like that much of a compromise at all. I've even come around to 1999 now.

Official is my current favourite. One of her best ballads.

kitchen person, Friday, 27 September 2019 15:45 (three months ago) link

i think it's too long and kind of a mess and not as good as pop 2 but yeah it's a good charli record

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 27 September 2019 15:48 (three months ago) link

"thoughts," "white mercedes," "silver cross," "official" all great

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 27 September 2019 15:49 (three months ago) link

lots of hooks buried exhausting sonics, somehow it's the same production sound as pop 2 just with the line between exciting and fatiguing very blurry. the opening retread of backseat chord progression and arrangement and then the fusillade of autotune vox feels bracing. also blame it on your love suxxxxxx so bad compared to the OG. that said i'll be listening again shortly!

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Friday, 27 September 2019 16:17 (three months ago) link

Yeah, including Blame It On Your Love seems like a weird choice. I'm sure I read Charli saying that the record company were obsessed with it and thought it was going to be the hit. The original is so much better as you say. It's probably the only song I'd lose from the album at this point.

kitchen person, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:22 (three months ago) link

Loving this. Still haven't come around on "1999" and "Track 10">>>>>"Blame It On Your Love" (but I mean I don't skip it anyways). Everything else is class. "Next Level Charli" is a perfect opener.

Weirdly couldn't find the CD at the mall (Canada) so I ordered it on eBay.

maffew12, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:39 (three months ago) link

We just got tickets to see her live in a couple of weeks. Even though I know there's zero chance of any Superlove, True Romance or Sucker I figured it will still be a fun night out.

kitchen person, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:42 (three months ago) link

i am next level jelly

maffew12, Friday, 27 September 2019 16:46 (three months ago) link

Oh no, is "Blame it on your love" a normcore remake of "Track 10?"

I'll have to give this record a listen today.

billstevejim, Friday, 27 September 2019 17:32 (three months ago) link

agree with bradnelson

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 27 September 2019 18:18 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This new one is really growing on me. It's maybe not as inventive as pop 2, but it's very, very catchy throughout, kind of a sweet spot for her.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 21 October 2019 02:44 (three months ago) link

I didn't like "1999" on release but in the album it really kicks it

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 21 October 2019 04:17 (three months ago) link

I've had a lot of album of the year contenders this year and honestly this is right up there.

kitchen person, Monday, 21 October 2019 04:19 (three months ago) link

i was sleeping on this but finally heard it last week, shit is turnt.

davey, Monday, 21 October 2019 10:50 (three months ago) link

Anyone wanna buy my 2 tickets for her London Halloween show?

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 08:18 (two months ago) link

I know someone who wants one ticket.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:44 (two months ago) link

Tell them to email me at samuelpooley @

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 29 October 2019 14:04 (two months ago) link

Really loved the gig, Christine coming on was a moment:

Chewshabadoo, Friday, 8 November 2019 16:01 (two months ago) link

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