Charli XCX - True Romance (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 371 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 121 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Synthpop, Indietronica, Pop | Label: Atlantic, Asylum Records | # 825646462049 | Time: 00:47:05
In the couple of years leading up to her debut album, True Romance, Charli XCX issued a slew of singles, EPs, and mixtapes that mixed moody synth pop with rap and R&B into a sound billed as "neon goth." Despite that somewhat awkward description of her style, Charli does have a flair for chiaroscuro, switching easily from brooding ("Set Me Free") to sparkly ("Take My Hand"), sometimes within the course of one song ("You're the One," one of five previously released tracks here). In some ways, she's the opposite of Grimes, who sprinkles just enough sugar over her quirky musical ideas to make them accessible. Instead, Charli XCX's songs are pop with a capital P – she's unabashed in her love for Britney and Mariah – but just odd enough to be unique. Like Quentin Tarantino, to whom True Romance's title pays homage, she has a flair for combining a wide array of pop culture sources into something fresh and familiar, as well as a fondness for strong female characters.