March 30, 2013

Song Review: Charli XCX's "What I Like"

Charli XCX is probably the best rising pop star on the planet right now, but the BUZZSound and breakthrough favorite has been baiting us for far too long with well-rounded innovation and an enjoyable stream of one-off singles and remixes since coming onto the scene in 2011. The intrigue ends on April 16th, as the UK chanteuse's highly anticipated debut full-length True Romance will be released on IAMSOUND Records. Luckily for anyone who slept on Ms. XCX's bubbly dark pop sounds over the past two years will have an easy way of catching up to speed, as singles such as "You're the One," "You (Ha Ha Ha)" and "Cloud Aura" are all included. There will be an equal amount of new pop confections as well, with the LP's first exclusive preview "What I Like" leading the way on a strong note. Fans of the 20-year-old music fashionista's previous material which had her entwining her heart woes around fluorescent-lit dark pop romance should prep themselves for a brighter side of the songstress, as the newest listen hinges itself onto the Brit's whip-smart rap-singing talents surrounding love gone optimistically right and carelessly reckless (with the word "gangsta" even being thrown in a few times around for good measure) amidst sprite trap beats, making for an altogether fun romp in the sheets with Charlotte Aitchinson. Whether she's heartbreak emoting or having the time of her live with her love life apparently is a non-issue at this stage, as "What I Like" adds a different yet promising dimension to Charli XCX's smart pop appeal heading into her make-it-or-break-it debut.

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