Charli XCX has finally released her highly anticipated third album, Charli.
The roll-out for the record has been immense: Charli shared seven tracks ahead of its release, along with ambitious, high-octane videos for “1999” (featuring Troye Sivan), “Gone” (featuring Christine and the Queens) and “Blame it On Your Love” (featuring Lizzo).
The 27-year old English singer-songwriter has been building on her stylistic evolution for a while now. It began with her 2016 EP Vroom Vroom, and was further refined on 2017 mixtapes Number 1 Angel and Pop 2. Charli is in some ways the culmination of her vision.
On “Silver Cross,” Charli executive producer AG Cook employs spiralling synths and Charli’s chopped Auto-Tuned vocals to create a suffocating and intense atmosphere. “I’ll pull you close, so close, so close / I’ll never let you go, you know / Head on my chest, a silver cross / You can cry all night, I’ll never let you go,” she sings.
The ballad “I Don’t Wanna Know” supplies a much needed breather in the crowded tracklist, while “Official” is a reflection on a blossoming romance that isn’t quite “official” yet. “Look at us, isn’t it obvious? / Is it so dangerous? Is it so complicated? / You know the shapes my body makes / Under the sheets at 4AM with you,” Charli sings.
The record also includes “Warm” featuring Haim and the Sky Ferreira-assisted “Cross You Out.” She also found the time to contribute non-album track “Miss U” to the soundtrack of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why.
Stream Charli in full here: