Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the past year, you will surely have come across Charli XCX, the Brit pop bombshell is responsible for various chart hits including Icona Pop’s I Love It and Iggy Azalea’s colossal chart-topping Fancy. Following her collaborative success, her following solo single Boom Clap- which was actually offered to Hillary Duff, showed that Charli XCX was much more than a one, or at least two, hit wonder.
Sucker is the first example of pop-punk since, god knows when. The UK is the birthplace of punk and over the years we’ve kept the flag flying through a different vein of punk in what I like to call ‘rebellious pop’. Charli XCX slots into this category with effortless compatibility. At what first seems a pretty face transforms into a fiery rocker that simply won’t accept the pop star aesthetic, she’s more than that. So here we have a fresh faced new girl on the block who dresses up as a schoolgirl, wanting to ‘break the rules’, yet still retains that beautiful innocence that lands her lead single on the soundtrack to a box office teen romance? Remind you of anybody? A young Britney Spears.
Yet it’s not just her persona and image that’s destined Charli XCX for stardom, her music and commitment to her sound really has to be admired. Having seen her perform at Glastonbury earlier in the year, around the time Boom Clap began to saunter into the charts, there was no getting around the fact that we had a star on our hands. Rocking a gold sequin dress, shades, and an all-female band, there was no denying whose show this was. But down the line to the release of Sucker, her album still oozes this rebellion-meets-darling aura she encapsulates.
Sucker is the much-needed kick up the arse pop music needs. While Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran strum along chirruping to the same instrumentals, Charli XCX refuses to conform to the norm of pop, nodding at The Jam for London Queen, and citing HAIM with Doing It, coupled with the constant reminder that she simply doesn’t care, it really is a breath of fresh air to have someone bring a bit of character, fire and integrity, to a frankly bleak genre.
Verdict – WWWV