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  • Summary: The debut studio release for the British pop singer includes some tracks from her two previous mixtapes "Heartbreaks and Earthquakes" and "Super Ultra."
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Apr 15, 2013
    90
    Minor quibbles aside (Set Me Free is a little over-wrought and clichéd), True Romance is a simply stunning record.
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    83
    Like 90s pop stars turned 10s pop sophisticates Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, Charli XCX stamps her personality across the entire project, and True Romance suggests she'll be worth following for a while.
  3. Apr 17, 2013
    80
    Charli XCX isn’t smashing any glass ceilings in pop; she’s perfectly roughing up the edges of a long-standing mold.
  4. Apr 16, 2013
    70
    True Romance is the pop-album equivalent of a wicked Tumblr.
  5. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    She’s the fun pop you don’t have to be embarrassed about listening to, and she’s definitely worth focusing your attention.
  6. 67
    True Romance may not match Aitchison’s high ambitions for her debut, but it’s a hell of a start.
  7. Apr 12, 2013
    50
    While a few slivers of genuine spontaneity can be found throughout True Romance, particularly in the watery K-pop-esque opus "Nuclear Seasons," the sum as a whole feels rather forced.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    10
    Okay. This is what I call an album. The songs are amazing, I love all of them, especially Take My Hand, Nuclear Seasons and Cloud Aura. I willOkay. This is what I call an album. The songs are amazing, I love all of them, especially Take My Hand, Nuclear Seasons and Cloud Aura. I will play Take My Hand on my wedding, for sure. Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2014
    10
    This is probably my favourite album of all time. It's just so fresh, original and good. Tracks like Grins, So Far Away, Take My Hand and manyThis is probably my favourite album of all time. It's just so fresh, original and good. Tracks like Grins, So Far Away, Take My Hand and many more are just masterpieces! Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2015
    10
    One of the better albums I've ever heard!

    Charli loving every day more Melhores músicas ''Set Me Free'' ''What I Like'' ''Cloud Aura
    One of the better albums I've ever heard!

    Charli loving every day more

    Melhores músicas ''Set Me Free'' ''What I Like'' ''Cloud Aura (feat. Brooke Candy)'' and ''Stay Away''
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  4. Apr 12, 2019
    9
    Probably one of the most underrated albums in pop history. True Romance is an album full of catchy and deep songs that feel super honest andProbably one of the most underrated albums in pop history. True Romance is an album full of catchy and deep songs that feel super honest and vulnerable. Expand
  5. Apr 23, 2013
    9
    This album is extremely personal, and I really appreciate her artistic direction. The beats are amazing, her voice is great, and even though aThis album is extremely personal, and I really appreciate her artistic direction. The beats are amazing, her voice is great, and even though a song or two falls short, it's hard to even notice them because this is one of the best albums I've heard this year. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2022
    8
    Siendo su debut oficial, es bastante fuerte, un buen álbum de pop con bastante originalidad, bastante atrayente y divertido de escuchar
  7. Apr 23, 2013
    5
    Didn't know quite what to expect from this album and was pleasantly surprised. There's quite a mixture of different types of electronica. FromDidn't know quite what to expect from this album and was pleasantly surprised. There's quite a mixture of different types of electronica. From the kooky Nuclear Seasons and Set Me Free to the laid back What I Like and the 80's influenced Lock You Up, there's something here for every type of electronic fan. Charli has a lot of talent and control over her work for one so young, she just needs to push it that bit further. Expand

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