English singing sensation Charli XCX, released her second studio album “Sucker” on December 15, 2014. Born Charlotte Emma Aitchison, Charli XCX first gained international recognition in 2012 by writing and appearing on Swedish synthpop duo Icona Pop’s song “I Love It.”This became Charli’s first U.S. hit, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. She also contributed her writing and singing skills to australian rapper Iggy Azalea’s single “Fancy,” which became a phenomenon and held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks, as well as achieving chart success around the world. It was not until “Sucker”‘s lead single “Boom Clap” that was also featured on the soundtrack to “The Fault in Our Stars” that Charli XCX received her first top ten hit as a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100. “Sucker” offers up more of that rowdy punk-pop sound that got listeners hooked in the first place, and amplifies it to produce one of the freshest pop albums of the year.
“Sucker” rightly opens with the title track, which sees Charli shouting “F*** you sucker!”. This perfectly sets up the tone for the rest of the album that mixes rock n’ roll guitar riffs with modern digital production that nicely compliments Charli’s punk attitude and girl power lyrics. This makes for one of the most unique and addicting electropunk albums to be released in years. Her ferocity and unwillingness to conform is similar to that of industry veteran Gwen Stefani who’s also balanced the pop and rock n’ roll worlds on a thin rope, and continues to be a thriving force in pop culture.
Critics have universally praised Charli’s new offering, appreciating her effort to breathe fresh air into the genre and cut out her own lane in a music scene crowded with pop starlets. “Rolling Stone” and “Spin” both named “Sucker” the sixth best album of 2014.
Charli XCX succeeded in breaking into the American market and has become our lovable bratty “London Queen” (as she likes to put it). She already has several big name collaborations lined up, one being with Miss Stefani, and seems poised for continued success. The singer/songwriter who started recording music at the tender age of fourteen, has finally made her dream come true, chewing up the pop genre and spitting it out into our ears. If you are not on her team, move out of the way because she is coming full force.