Who loves Charli XCX? I DO. Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system we can get this started. Today I’ll be reviewing Charli XCXs new album “Charli” Now if you know me you know I listen to everything from Taylor Swift all the way to Blueface and if there’s one person I can’t deny has been making hits it’s gotta be Charli.
A couple months ago I tried listening to one of Charli’s albums but I didn’t like it and ended up not finishing the album. I actually forgot which album it was which only shows how much I didn’t like it. I put this one off because I was scared the album would be garbage and she would only be putting out hot singles. That definitely wasn’t the case.
Most people in Charli’s genre don’t usually have a lot of features so I definitely noticed that ten of her fifteen track album had features. However, the features are carefully picked and you can tell this isn’t just random people hopping on songs that don’t need them.
Charli has features from people such as Big Freedia (aka the queen of bounce) Lizzo, and even Pablo Vittar, etc. Most of the songs would still be great without a feature but they were made even better with the features added to them. Gone, Cross You Out, and 1999 are the first songs with features on the album and they’re perfectly made hits.
Each person on this album has chemistry with Charli and fits their song perfectly. I haven’t found one feature that didn’t do their thing on the songs they were on. Even the unknown features such as Kim Petras came in and made me go “Who is this?”
Production can make or break an album. You can have all the bars in the world but if you’re music makes my ears bleed, I’m not going to listen to it and neither is anybody else. The production on Charli is great to say the least. She puts her futuristic style on each of her songs in a way that makes you want to replay each one of them.
The effects are well thought out and aren’t just used for the sake of using sound effects. The sound quality was decent, not too loud and not too quiet plus it wasn’t scratchy which is good. Listening to the whole album I can tell she took the time to carefully pick the sound effects and make each song sound good. This album isn’t an album that you could just make in a week or two unless you were a music wiz.
Banger, banger, and even more bangers. Each song is fire from the start of the album to the end. The only thing wrong with the track list is that the songs sometimes flip flop between emotions. One moment I’m sitting here listening to a low love song and the next one is an upbeat pop song. Despite the album making you question your emotions, it all follows the theme “love”.
Each song talks about Charli being in love with an unknown person which makes the album complete seeing as it follows it’s theme perfectly. The album itself seems like a type of album another artist would make to try new things but this is Charli at her best. She definitely brings her whole self and puts her love and pain into the songs she makes.
If I had to recommend some songs, I’d say Warm, Thoughts, Silver Cross, White Mercedes, and Blame It On Your Love were definitely my top five.
The album was better than I expected and to be honest it looks like I expect almost everything I try out to be bad these days. Charli had good production, good features, great songs, and just a great album in general. All of that put together earns this album a 9/10 and would definitely get recommended.