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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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. These songs are filled with tough girls in varying stages of love, most strikingly on the equally vindictive and catchy "You Ha Ha Ha," which punctuates its heartbreak with bitter laughter. While Charli's rapping won't threaten many MCs, her laid-back delivery is reminiscent of Uffie as well as late-'80s and early-'90s pop, particularly the charmingly awkward "flow" of the Spice Girls, whom she counts as a major influence. Elsewhere, she smooths some of the edges of her previous work -- not that True Romance's pop isn't engagingly strange, and strangely engaging. Inventive productions are as vital to her music as her bold persona; she's worked with Lindstrøm, Balam Acab, Jezus Million, and other innovative producers, and tracks like the dreamy, R&B-tinged "So Far Away" help her blur her influences into something she can call her own. Her songs could easily be all surface and attitude, but there's also a genuine emotional pull to them: the excellent ode to romantic familiarity "What I Like" is peppered with enough details to sound as cozy as a boyfriend's sweater feels. Previously released songs like "Nuclear Seasons" and "Stay Away" remain highlights, but new songs like "Black Roses" -- one of the best blends of really-real feelings and unashamedly artificial sounds here -- show that Charli didn't give away all of her tricks and treats on her EPs. Since quite a few of these songs were already road-tested, it's not surprising that this is a strong debut, but just how consistently catchy and personal True Romance is might raise a few eyebrows.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 825646462049
  • Catalog Number: 535226
  • Sales rank: 10,327

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nuclear Seasons (4:39)
  2. 2 You (Ha Ha Ha) (3:07)
  3. 3 Take My Hand (4:26)
  4. 4 Stay Away (3:47)
  5. 5 Set Me Free (3:53)
  6. 6 Grins (3:52)
  7. 7 So Far Away (3:21)
  8. 8 Cloud Aura (2:44)
  9. 9 What I Like (3:01)
  10. 10 Black Roses (3:28)
  11. 11 You're the One (3:15)
  12. 12 How Can I (3:55)
  13. 13 Lock You Up (3:33)
  14. 14 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charli XCX Primary Artist
Miriam Stockley Background Vocals
Richard Adlam Keyboards
Hal Ritson Keyboards
Louise Burns Vocals
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Composer
Mark "Spike" Stent Vocal Producer
Michael Tucker Composer
Patrick Berger Composer, Producer
David Bianchi Management
Stuart Hawkes Mastering
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer, Producer, Additional Production
Andrew Wilkinson Programming
Richard Adlam Programming
Dimitri Tikovoi Composer, Programming, Producer
Paul White Producer
Tom Boddy Programming, Remixing
Hal Ritson Programming
Justin Raisen Composer
Chris Kasych Pro-Tools
Blood Diamonds Producer
Gold Panda Composer
Dan Aslet Vocal Producer
Marty Diamond Booking
Jocke Åhlund Composer, Producer
Charli XCX Composer
James Whitting Booking
Paul William White Composer
Joseph Zucco Composer
Jezus Million Composer, Producer
Jesse Saint John Composer
Brooke Candy Composer
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