• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2017
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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 183 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 183
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  1. Apr 4, 2017
    6
    More of the same I have to say. It has some catchy songs and that's cool, but after Vroom Vroom I was expecting something better. Also, collab with Cupcakke? Are you serious? Fav: 3AM (Pull Up).
  2. May 24, 2019
    6
    Embora, como um trabalho completo, a mixtape consiga manter certa coesão, boa parte das faixas de Number 1 Angel carecem de personalidade.
  3. Aug 25, 2019
    5
    With the return of denim on denim trends, light-up shoes and furry accessories, it is no surprise that 90’s style pop music has also made a comeback of its own in the late 2010s. While this may be her weakest collection to date, this is still very much rooted deep in the identity that Charli XCX has cultivated for herself. This is her take on R&B, taking all the hybrid trap tropes madeWith the return of denim on denim trends, light-up shoes and furry accessories, it is no surprise that 90’s style pop music has also made a comeback of its own in the late 2010s. While this may be her weakest collection to date, this is still very much rooted deep in the identity that Charli XCX has cultivated for herself. This is her take on R&B, taking all the hybrid trap tropes made popular and re-appropriating them for her pop purposes.

    The mixtape includes 10 songs which highlight her adventuresome spirit with vocality and sound. Number 1 Angel is reminiscent of artists like Kylie Minogue and Gwen Stefani with its strong feminine qualities, in addition to the heavy backbeat inclusion on each track. Let's start with the promising moments! The mixtape begins pretty well with Dreamer, the nice intro giving the album a dramatic start. It's followed by some pretty standard pop vibes that doesn't really reach an interesting level, but still serve as an okay pop song. 3AM (Pull Up) and Blame It On U are pretty much the same, not really reaching a high point but still maintaining a general standardness. Then, the album takes direction to a more dance-electronic approach with Roll With Me and ILY2, but unfortunately the rest of the mixtape doesn’t offer much and doesn’t have a replay value... besides Lipgloss where she hands the verses to CupcaKke and proves that pop/hip-hop crossovers don’t always have to be so cut and dried.

    Pop music today is all about one of two things: emotionally sparse or anthemically big. That's the recipe for an album - if at least one song on a record can meet those requirements and do it well, you've put out a good album. Unfortunately, despite the mixtape featuring plenty of tracks and experimenting different sounds, Charli XCX failed to reach the right level with Number 1 Angel. Maybe next time, Charli.

    - standout but not that much track/s: Roll With Me, Lipgloss, ILY2
    - me and Drizzy skipped dat track/s: Drugs, White Roses, Babygirl
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73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Apr 3, 2017
    80
    Number 1 Angel is a maybe mixtape, sorta free, but released by a voice that’s constantly solving life’s real problems with the imagined solutions of pop music.
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    80
    It may not hit the mark every time, but her adventurous, unapologetic approach to driving pop forwards to exciting new ground should be praised.
  3. Mar 28, 2017
    63
    Number 1 Angel is best at its most vulnerable. ... The other novelty of Number 1 Angel and Charli’s past work is that it showcases, and is largely stolen by, a lot of guests.