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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the British pop artist was produced by A.G. Cook and features guest appearances from Big Freedia, Brooke Candy, Christine and the Queen, Clairo, CupcakKe, Haim, Lizzo, Kim PetrasTroye Sivan, Sky Ferreira, Tommy Cash, Pabllo Vittar, and Yaeji.
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White Mercedes
Don't say you love me 'Cause I can't say it back Don't say you're sorry 'Cause you've done nothing bad Swallow my feelings But won't swallow my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 11, 2019
    100
    Alongside indulgently unadorned ruminations on fear and love, the record is boundlessly liberating, decadently indulgent, and irresistibly danceable. Aitchison has delivered her greatest work yet.
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    90
    Charli is no doubt an album of too many features and too many parts, but it somehow all fits together in a way that allows her penchant for unconventional songwriting and her ear for an exciting melody to work in concert, creating a project better than most anything she’s done in the past.
  3. 83
    The good news is that her songwriting is stronger than ever. Along with co-executive producer A.G. Cook, Charli XCX has put together a delightful album of high-end pop confections. Charli packs in plenty of wow and proves to be more than worth the wait.
  4. Sep 11, 2019
    80
    The sexy android cover and star-studded collaborations (including alternative icons Lizzo, Haim and Christine and the Queens) on her third album, Charli, suggest an all-guns-blazing pitch for blockbuster status. But the contents are far weirder than that implies. ... Come the century's end, you can almost imagine future critics scratching their AI-augmented brains and still touting Charli XCX as the next big thing.
  5. 80
    Bold, brash and brilliant, this is Charli XCX at her most genuine, and it’s dazzling.
  6. Sep 13, 2019
    70
    With Charli, she attempts to capture the spontaneity of those releases [Number 1 Angel and Pop 2] in a more polished format; more often than not, she succeeds.
  7. Sep 17, 2019
    60
    Compared to the previous compilations' sense of liberation, Charli sounds at odds with its some of its invested players and parts: the label, the fans, and Charli the artist. ... When its gears click, Charli glides.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 236
  1. Sep 15, 2019
    10
    i love it. it was everything i was expecting from
    charli ❤️ her music always made me feel super great and goofy lmao i just love her
  2. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. it’s so good i can’t Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A perfectly crafted album, that makes seamless the connection between her electropop sensibilites and her avant-garde artistry. The 15-track record positions her as one of the most interesting female artists of our time in the leagues of art-pop queen Lorde, avant-garde/electronic pioneer fka twigs and experimental synth pop icon Grimes. The album shows and extensive array of influences but she manages to make it all work together and delivers a more diverse and fresh sensation than her previous records. The album opener seems like the perfect intro to the album, it's bold and agressive, featuring dreamy synths and a harsh electronic-experimental beat over Charli's autotuned vocals belting in a hip hop inspired flow. Gone ft christine and the queens is probably the best song on the album, showcasing both her hitmaker pop chops and her more progressive take on music, the production feautres characteristics from 80s synthpop sounds mixed with futuristic quasi robotic sounds and vocal production. Cross you out ft sky is a vulnerable song, featuring industrial synths, slow beats and Sky's dreamy vocals which sort of feels like a sedated version of The Cure gone electro. Click ft kim and tommy is a daring collaboration blending hip hop structure with noisy and experimental beats. Warm ft haim founds Charli as her sofest self, featuring dream pop synths, underwater quasi-worldbeat and lucsious harmonies with unique avant garde vocal production. Thoughts (probably my fave song from the album) finds Charli in her most vulnerable persona, the production of the song recalls Bowie's low with the drone inflected synth and minimal electronic beat. White Mercedes is probably one of the most commercial appealing songs, her lyrics are intimate and the production is a synthpop majesty. Silver Cross is an icy produced song, with lush synths and fueled brassy electronic beats. I don't wanna know echoes and 80s prom, with and arena-rock infused metallic slow beat. Official showcases Charli's most romantic side, featuring production that at times reminds me of Kate bush with the fairy, childlike soundscapes and the electronic harp. Shake ft big freedia, cupcakke, brooke candy and pablo vittar is the ultimate strip-club anthem, it's probably the most avant-pop song from the record, containing bold and hyper experimental production. The closing tracks, february 2017 ft clairo and yaeji and 2099 ft troye are similar in production, keeping the experimental vibe of the album but with a more sedated feel to it. Surprisingly, the first singles 1999 ft troye, a nostalgic 90s inspired eurodance-pop track and blame it on your love ft lizzo, a rework from the acclaimed track 10, consisting of production that feels as M.I.A going pop, with a fusion on wordleabt and r&b are the most noncohesive and weakest tracks of the record but still they are fun, danceable tracks that are meant to have a good time rather than appreacting their craftmanship. Overall, and exciting and innovative album. Expand
  4. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    Charli XCX proves once again that she is SAVING POP MUSIC & is desperately needed as pop is in a crisis. With tracks like Gone, Shake It, orCharli XCX proves once again that she is SAVING POP MUSIC & is desperately needed as pop is in a crisis. With tracks like Gone, Shake It, or Click, Charli reinstates herself as the QUEEN OF FUTURE POP MUSIC. Expand
  5. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    Another great, futuristic album by Charlotte. Great melodies, lyrics, productions!
  6. Sep 16, 2019
    9
    bright and unique. striking beats, powerful voices and extraordinary melodies. Charli truly shows her talent in this album.
  7. Sep 14, 2019
    0
    Come on guys, we all understand that this album is as bad as it can possibly be. Overestimated

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