Album review: Charli XCX – Sucker

The album petulant rock at its best and teenage angst at its worst, with a good measure of talent.
Sucker by Charli XCX.
Sucker by Charli XCX.

Charli XCX

Sucker

(Atlantic Records)

Three stars ⋆⋆⋆

Charli XCX, the British artist who will headline the Dubai New Year’s Eve concert at Meydan Racecourse, knows a thing or two about warfare. With her second major label album, Sucker, she throws a smoke grenade of rock-pop digestibles and runs for cover while the listeners stumble around intoxicated and confused. Having made a name for herself in the past 18 months on collaborations such as Icona Pop’s I Love It and Iggy Azalea’s Fancy, the 22-year-old is one more weird and wonderful song short of becoming the new “it” artist.

The first single Boom Clap — which featured on the soundtrack of the film The Fault in Our Stars – is an electrifying synth with a punchy hook. The dark sound of Break the Rules gives her an edge mitigated by the somewhat childish chant, “I don’t wanna go to school/ I just wanna break the rules”. The song, however, works as a potent instigator to party.

The title track is more cheeky rock invective thrown at all those boring adults who don’t know how to have fun. The sound throughout Sucker borrows riffs heavily from mid-90s alternative rock bands such as Elastica, ­especially on tracks such as Gold Coins, Hanging Around and Breaking Up.

This is ­petulant rock at its best and teenage angst at its worst, with a good measure of ­talent.

Published: December 15, 2014 04:00 AM

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