Saturday 24 February 2018

Album review: Charli XCX - Sucker

Charli XCX - Sucker
Charli XCX - Sucker
John Meagher

John Meagher

Charlotte Aitchison was tipped for a breakthrough two years ago but her heavily promoted album bombed. In the vicious modern pop industry the 22-year-old can count her blessings that she’s getting a second chance.

3*

Sucker is certainly a better album than its wishy-washy predecessor and in one key area it stands tall: cast iron pop songs. The album has plenty of them with ‘Doing It’ – a duet featuring Rita Ora, another English pop siren in need of career resuscitation – likely to earworm its way up the charts.

While some of the synth-pop tracks are clearly by-numbers and the work of committee, others are more idiosyncratic. Closer ‘So Over You’ is an attitude-heavy breakup song that allows Charli to stand out from the pack while ‘Break the Rules’ is a party anthem par excellence.

The album is let down by a handful of ho-hum tracks, but there’s enough evidence here to suggest that Aitchison has the goods to be a significant player.

Key tracks:  ‘So Over You’; ‘Doing It’

Charli XCX - Sucker (Atlantic)

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