• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: May 15, 2020
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. May 15, 2020
    100
    It is no surprise that the sound is full of all the kind of clanking noises and sci-fi effects that have long steered Charli just left of the mainstream. Yet somehow this set of 11 short songs has a directness, immediacy and intimacy that has eluded her before. ... This album showcases the least mannered performances of her career. She makes you feel these songs.
  2. May 15, 2020
    91
    “How I’m Feeling Now” is very much a continuation of the innovative futurist-pop her discography has followed over the past five years. ... It also shows this deeply talented and creatively restless artist pushing the boundaries of her music practically in real time (which one can do almost literally via her Instagram and Zoom sessions), and giving tantalizing hints of what might come next.
  3. May 15, 2020
    90
    Charli starts and ends with hard disorienting club bangers, leaving the middle of the album space to expose her tenderness and vulnerability while still retaining her futuristic, unpredictable sound and penchant for an irresistible pop hook.
  4. 83
    Present and post-lockdown, how i’m feeling now will be a definitive album of its time. Aitchison has captured this space we now all exist in and all its facets.
  5. May 19, 2020
    80
    Though she recorded the album in a home studio, Charli didn’t limit her ambition and, as a result, manages to surprise both musically and lyrically throughout.
  6. May 18, 2020
    80
    The result is immersive, experimental, bubble-gum, intense and deep with stunning layers – and echoes the lockdown zeitgeist.
  7. 80
    Wholly a spontaneous offering, entirely DIY in production, and made from the creative confines of whatever was available to the singer in self-isolation; Charli XCX has proved that music really can be made anywhere, with anything, during a period where the world is on pause, and still sounds like the future is hers to play with.
  8. May 15, 2020
    80
    A stirring and immediate listen, as Charli takes us with her on her lockdown emotional rollercoaster in real time.
  9. May 15, 2020
    80
    Though it lacks the alien opalescence of Charli's best record, how i'm feeling now contains a different sort of thrilling delirium. It's fun and sometimes silly, made on the fly and under a tight deadline. But it's desperate too — a frenzied call for release, an ode to the love that keeps us going, and further proof that no other pop artist today can make the digital sound so disarmingly human.
  10. 80
    Brimming with the prickling anxiety and stress that’s become commonplace during the pandemic, as well as the comfort Charli XCX has found in a strengthened relationship, it’s a glorious, experimental collection.
  11. 80
    Listening to it feels like fleeing from a warehouse rave. Just like lockdown itself, How I’m Feeling Now can be overwhelming – panic-inducing, even – when taken as a whole. But there are snatches of brilliance here, and as perhaps the very first album to be produced under lockdown, it is really quite an achievement.
  12. May 19, 2020
    77
    More than just an autobiographical document or a manifestation of Charli’s impressive work ethic, How I’m Feeling Now is her answer to questions about the viability of music in a crisis. It works better than anyone could have anticipated.
  13. May 20, 2020
    70
    There's a generous informality to the 11 tracks that reveal the affection and impact of her fans, who helped her generate what shows up here.
  14. May 15, 2020
    70
    While it may not be the proper sequel to the ambitious Charli, how i'm feeling now's rawness and immediacy give it an appeal all its own. More than just an interesting social media experiment or a way to fend off quarantine boredom, it's an artistic challenge that's true to the very best parts of XCX's music.
  15. May 18, 2020
    60
    It’s another intriguing entry into the Charli XCX canon, even if it does feel like more of a stopgap than anything. But hey, right now, that’s okay too.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 16 out of 258
  1. May 15, 2020
    10
    On Charli's fourth album, the songs are marked by existential issues, verses consumed by longing and troubled relationships, as a naturalOn Charli's fourth album, the songs are marked by existential issues, verses consumed by longing and troubled relationships, as a natural extension of everything that defines the artist's work. Showing exactly the moment we live in the COVID-19 pandemic and how inventiveness is needed. Charli used everything she had to produce the album in six weeks, composing and recording at home. Charli invited fans to send feedback on all aspects of the album, from video contributions, to song lyrics and singles selection. Full Review »
  2. May 15, 2020
    10
    Charli having made this album in just 1 month and at such a difficult time, just shows how talented and hardworking she is. I am very proud ofCharli having made this album in just 1 month and at such a difficult time, just shows how talented and hardworking she is. I am very proud of her and this work. Whether you like it or not, XCX is one of the most original and avant-garde artists of recent times Full Review »
  3. May 15, 2020
    10
    The fact that she made this in only 5 weeks shows how much of a pop powerhouse Charli truly is.