Experiencing a double delay before its final release date was set for the UK market, Sucker has left many pleading for its imminent appearance. Releasing debut True Romance in 2013 to a complimentary audience, Sucker expressly showcases Charli XCX straying away from its more contemporary approach and gloriously strolling into the shimmering world of pop, creating a composition full of mammoth tracks and assertive mannerisms.

With songs such as ‘Break the Rules’ and most currently ‘Doing It’ presenting the enormity which Sucker might encompass, Charli XCX’s second creation victoriously replicates the strength and effervescence that the singles exposed.

Revealing the sheer force that Sucker contains with a booming, vibrant kick drum-directed track of the same name, the album makes clear from the earliest set of bars its outlook and drive that would be upheld right through to the end of final track ‘Red Balloon’.

Whilst evidently more pop in its means, Charli XCX is still able to showcase her individualism throughout her second album and cleverly let it come into play. Not only using her distinguishing vocal to symbolise her music, the singer’s tracks also feel more skilfully crafted and developed, contributing to the album’s overall rounded and vast sound.

Sucker also does something which many other albums fall short of delivering: each track stand on their own merit. Whilst the scheme of high-powered focused songs is maintained, allowing every track to come together as a collective, each song is so vigorous and puissant, nothing feels thin or weak. Tracks such as ‘Body Of My Own’, ‘Famous’ and ‘Hanging Around’ particularly put this into context, punching away the stereotype of boring album tracks.

Sucker demonstrates the conquering progression that Charli XCX has acquired and come to classify herself with. Presenting herself further embarking into the gigantic genre of pop at a considerable amount, Charli XCX has come to find the correct position for her music, sparking entertaining and upbeat pop in a disparate way than the typical pop artist.

Aaron Jolliff


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