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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. Sep 18, 2019
    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: 35 out of 251
  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 piece of work is not as euphoric and hard-hitting bubblegum pop as we were used to see from charli, but maybe it's just what we've beenthis piece of work is not as euphoric and hard-hitting bubblegum pop as we were used to see from charli, but maybe it's just what we've been needing of her without really recognizing it.

    the production 100% matches her mind as charli pours her emotions at her rawest and deepest, and even when it slows down a little, it still slashes everything in its way with experimental synths and an interpretation you weren't expecting at all, even if you're a long-time fan.

    on this record, she's dealing with pressure, anxiety and the feeling of being stuck by a label or by a formula, but not for a second she's afraid of sounding weird: at this point of her career, she doesn't **** cares about what the music industry has to say about her or the boxes where the industry wants to place her in, because she's too busy using her personality and her sound as a unique weapon. and with this weapon, honestly, she doesn't got to prove her worth anymore. she can place herself anywhere.

    highlights: gone, click, thoughts
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  4. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    An masterpeice!! An album contains the influence of true romence, sucker , number 1 angel pop2.
  5. Sep 13, 2019
    10
    Another great, futuristic album by Charlotte. Great melodies, lyrics, productions!
  6. Sep 19, 2019
    9
    Charli is gloriously futuristic, gloriously 80’s, gloriously indie-pop, with an exceptionally strong opening (anchored by the exceptionalCharli is gloriously futuristic, gloriously 80’s, gloriously indie-pop, with an exceptionally strong opening (anchored by the exceptional “Gone”, “Cross You Out,” and “1999”). The record does lose steam and feels stretched at the end, and some of the sonic choices can feel jarring or misplaced; overall, however, this is an epic, bold, well-executed effort that builds off of Charli’s previous endeavors and proves she’s one of today’s most interesting pop stars. Whereas the general public tired of the maximalist-pop of the early 2010s (dominated by the Britney’s, Perry’s, Gaga’s, and Rihanna’s), Charli (and her indie pop cohorts) have taken this sound, repackaged it, given it an underground-pop restoration, and have made it cool again (a parallel pop restoration has been underway by Carly Rae Jepsen and Korean boyband BTS). Expand
  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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