Charli XCX – Pop 2 (Mixtape) // 2017


Standout Track(s): Backseat / Track 10

Album Scores: 4.73 x (1.1) = 5.20

  1. Production: 5.00
  2. Uniqueness: 4.70
  3. Lyricism: 4.60
  4. Listenability: 4.60

No, this isn’t a pophead’s wet dream. It’s reality. When it comes time to consider which of Charli’s work is deserving of the “magnum opus” title, you can bet that Pop 2 will be very near the top of the list. This mixtape truly has it all: deliciously repetitive choruses, gay icons Carly Rae Jepsen and Tove Lo, another perverse verse from CupcakKe, and the holy grail that is Track 10. It’s worth noting that Caroline Polachek (formerly of Chairlift, now a solo artist with her own album on the way !!) is on here as well, screaming her way through the electronic despaired-filled track Tears. Like I said before, this is the creme de la creme of Charli XCX’s oeuvre, and Track 10 plays a huge role in that distinction. It’s an ethereal bop that harkens back to Charli’s True Romance days: relationships cause angst and emotional turmoil, and the best way to express said turmoil is through what sounds like a glitched-out computer throwing pitched autotune every which way. This track alone solidifies Charli XCX’s place in the future of pop music, a daring challenge to her contemporaries to either follow suit or pack up.

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