This year’s first great pop record bowls in with a rapturous celebration of the genre’s rebellious, trashy potential (and a bottle of champagne and a pocketful of pills to boot). From the “fuck you”-heavy title track onwards, 22-year-old Charli XCX’s main mode is rejection – flipping off authority on ‘Break The Rules’, flicking off oneself in the face of a shit lover on the electrifying ‘Body Of My Own’ – which she executes with total aplomb. But ‘Sucker’ finds depth when Charli drops her guard. There’s ‘Need Ur Luv’, a shoo-wop collaboration with Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, then, after fantasising about living inside a castle made of money on ‘Gold Coins’, the awed devotional ‘Boom Clap’, where she confesses to her crush, “No silver or no gold could dress me up so good”.
Charli XCX – ‘Sucker’
Rejection, rebellion and romance make the singer's third record a colourful pop splurge