When you’re the co-writer of Icona Pop’s smash hit I Love It there are going to be high expectations placed on your solo album. A 20 year old, English artist Charlotte Aitchison a.k.a Charli XCX has exceed even the highest hopes with True Romance. Charli XCX cut her first album at age 14 and since then has released 4 free mixtapes via soundcloud all of which displace her diverse talent. True Romance eloquently showcases a blend a of musical influences from electronica to hip hop and in doing so gives it a sound all it’s own. For example, Cloud Aura featuring rapper Brooke Candy is a danceable hip hop breakup anthem while You’re the One is a love song with techno roots.
Each song it’s strong enough to stand on it’s own and could easily be marketed as a single but what truly impressive is how they complement each other like chapters in a highly personal novel. This is refreshing in an industry that doesn’t seem to value a body of work anymore. Make no mistake this is a up tempo dancepop album that is sure to be in heavy rotation on the radio and on the club scene but what’s truly impressive is the quality of the lyrics. So many other dance pop/ pop artist have no substance in their work and rely on a strong baseline to cover their lack of talent. Thankfully when it come to True Romance this could not be further from the truth. Charli XCX is clearly an artist to watch in 2013 and well beyond.
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