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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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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  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: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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. Sep 15, 2015
    9
    God! This is amazing. I like all the songs in this album and sounds here are VERY different to Sucker, here she doesn't look mainstream.God! This is amazing. I like all the songs in this album and sounds here are VERY different to Sucker, here she doesn't look mainstream. Nuclear Season, Take My Hand, Stay Away are heaven :D Expand
  5. Apr 17, 2013
    9
    A lot of hype, for me, going into this...

    I've been waiting well over a year now for this album, and I was sure that there was no way it
    A lot of hype, for me, going into this...

    I've been waiting well over a year now for this album, and I was sure that there was no way it was going to live up to the hype that I had built up for it in myself.

    Am I disappointed that I already knew 5 songs on it? Maybe a little bit, but it would have only mattered if the other 8 songs weren't worthwhile, but they WERE.

    She's a wonderful mixture of the persona of Ke$ha, the lyrics of Lily Allen and the music of Purity Ring. I really couldn't ask for more.

    Of the songs we already had, "Nuclear Seasons" is certainly her best song. It may still be the best thing she's ever done, but wow, "Lock You Up" is a killer little 80s number. I can't say no to that. Other tracks worth note: "You (Ha Ha Ha), "Stay Away", What I Like, and "You're the One"

    In short, it's going to take a lot for her to ever do anything wrong in my eyes, every single thing she's released (officially...the mix tapes are another story) has been at least a 7 or higher for me (on a 10 point scale). In total, the album is certainly an easy 4.5

    Proud of her, it's great to see others enjoying her music as well. You follow an artist who hasn't released anything yet, and you have to get a little nervous, wondering how other people are going to feel as well, with little to see reactions in the meanwhile (certainly not saying I'm the only one who was aware of her before now, not at all). So, this is a great day in music for me!
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  6. Mar 16, 2015
    8
    Track by track review:
    1. Nuclear Seasons 10/10
    2. You (Ha Ha Ha) 10/10 3. Take My Hand 9/10 4. Stay Away 6/10 5. Set Me Free 9/10 6.
    Track by track review:
    1. Nuclear Seasons 10/10
    2. You (Ha Ha Ha) 10/10
    3. Take My Hand 9/10
    4. Stay Away 6/10
    5. Set Me Free 9/10
    6. Grins 8/10
    7. So Far Away 7/10
    8. Cloud Aura 10/10
    9. What I Like 10/10
    10. Black Roses 7.5/10
    11. You're the One 8/10
    12. How Can I 9.5/10
    13. Lock You Up 7.5/10

    Highlights: You (Ha Ha Ha), What I Like, Cloud Aura, Nuclear Seasons, How Can I.
    Potential singles: You're the One, Cloud Aura, Nuclear Seasons, You (Ha Ha Ha), What I Like.
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  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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