After making an international name for herself through monster collaborations with Icona Pop
and Iggy Azalea
, Charli XCX
is finally releasing her solo album Sucker in its entirely. All things considered, its pretty cute. Following the arc of the singles that we've heard off the album so far, Sucker nails that balance that she's known for: the combo between sticky-sugary-sweet pop and smelly-spunky-punk attitude. Charli's good girl/bad girl routine is definitely a bit trite, but if the six-inch platform shoe fits...
The intro, and title track of the new record, Sucker
, starts off at an energy level that is so high and in your face, that at first it's a bit off-putting. Then again, that might be exactly what Charli is going for. she has a certain talent for assault your ears a bit, and then slowly but surely worming her way into your heart. "Break the Rules" has an 80's, leather jacket, big-hair, gum-smacking vibe, while "London Queen" perhaps best matches the high octane, careless, cutesy pop vocal stylings that she penned into the Icona Pop anthem "I Love It." "Die Tonight" is the next party ballad off the album, the New Years song for a champagne toast. It slows things down a bit, and plays off her common inclination towards what I call instantaneous nostalgia: the feeling you get when you find yourself already internally reminiscing about an experience, even as it is happening.
Each song clocks in at around 3:00 minutes in length, which is the perfect length for the type of music that Charli XCX likes to make. A lot of the short little ditties are empty throwaway tracks, but there's nothing outright shitty going on. The album is fun and easy, but nothing to call home about. Sucker
is like a dependable booty call. A surefire good time, but when its all said and done, it doesn't really move you in any significant way. But, to be fair, Charli doesn't really seem like she's looking for a major commitment, does she?
is available now
, and check out our session with Charli at The Hype Machine's Hype Hotel below: