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Charli XCX’s “BRAT”: Hyperpop’s New Masterpiece

Happy Brat Day!

Charli XCX has once again taken the pop music world by storm with the release of her latest album, “BRAT,” which dropped today, June 7, 2024. With this album, Charli firmly cements her status as a trailblazer in the hyperpop genre, delivering an electrifying collection that pushes the boundaries of contemporary music and showcases her unparalleled creative vision.

“BRAT” is a sonic tour de force that embraces the chaotic, maximalist ethos of hyperpop. Charli XCX collaborates with some of the genre’s most innovative producers, including A.G. Cook, Cirkut, and Hudson Mohawke, to create a soundscape that is both mesmerising and groundbreaking. The album’s production is a testament to Charli’s commitment to experimentation and her ability to seamlessly blend mainstream pop appeal with avant-garde elements.

The album opens with “360,” an explosive track that immediately sets the tone with its high-energy beats and intricate production. “Club Classics” pays homage to 90s rave culture, infusing nostalgic sounds with a futuristic twist. Lead single “Von Dutch” is an infectious anthem that captures the rebellious spirit of the album, combining punchy lyrics with dynamic production to create a hyperpop masterpiece​.

Tracks like “Sympathy Is a Knife” and “Everything Is Romantic” exemplify hyperpop’s deconstructed approach to pop music. These songs blend conventional pop hooks with glitchy, distorted sounds, creating an unpredictable and exhilarating listening experience. Charli’s ability to innovate within the genre is on full display, making “BRAT” a standout album in the hyperpop landscape​​.

Lyrically, “BRAT” delves into themes of self-empowerment, vulnerability, and the complexities of modern fame. Charli XCX navigates these themes with a raw, confessional style that adds depth to the album’s hyperpop surface. Tracks like “I Think About It All the Time” and “Mean Girls” offer introspective looks into Charli’s personal experiences, juxtaposed against the brash, confident tone of songs like “Talk Talk” and “Rewind”​​.

Charli XCX’s visual presentation for “BRAT” is as captivating as the music itself. The album’s aesthetics feature neon colors, futuristic fashion, and surreal imagery, reflecting the eclectic and rebellious nature of hyperpop. The cover art, designed by Samuel Burgess-Johnson, depicts Charli in a defiant pose against a backdrop of glitchy digital graphics, perfectly encapsulating the album’s themes. Music videos accompanying the album further enhance this visual style. The video for “Von Dutch” showcases a hyper-stylised world that merges early 2000s fashion with contemporary digital aesthetics, reinforcing the album’s thematic elements and offering fans a visually immersive experienc​.

“BRAT” has been met with enthusiastic acclaim from critics, who have praised Charli XCX for her boldness and innovation. Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine described the album as “bratty and brash” yet “frequently vulnerable,” highlighting its emotional depth and cutting-edge production​. Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone noted the album’s “hyperpop rollercoaster” quality, commending its exploration of early-thirties anxieties and It-girl bravado​. Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork awarded the album the “Best New Music” designation, lauding its boundary-pushing approach and lyrical honesty​​.

Here at G.URL, we think “BRAT” is Charli XCX’s most exhilarating work to date. The album is a masterclass in hyperpop, blending high-energy beats, experimental soundscapes, and raw, confessional lyrics. It’s a bold statement that not only pushes the boundaries of pop music but also showcases Charli’s unparalleled creative vision. “BRAT” is an essential listen for anyone looking to experience the future of pop today.

With “BRAT,” Charli XCX redefines what it means to be a pop artist in the 21st century. The album’s bold themes, innovative production, and striking visuals create a compelling package that is sure to resonate with both fans and critics. Charli’s fearless exploration of hyperpop sets a new standard in the genre, solidifying her reputation as one of the most forward-thinking artists in music today.

“BRAT” is not just an album; it’s a statement. As Charli herself puts it in Rolling Stone, “Every record I make is my ‘favorite record’ once I finish it, but I think this one might be my all-time favorite forever” and we have to agree. With its release, Charli XCX has once again proven that she is a force to be reckoned with, pushing the boundaries of pop music and leaving an indelible mark on the industry.

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Jenny O'Connor

Jenny O'Connor is the Editor in Chief of G.URL Magazine. She acts as the lead writer and sole designer of the magazine. She is a first class BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism graduate from the University for the Creative Arts. Her work has been featured in publications such as GameRant and SonnyDickson. Jenny's passion for gaming centers around the early 2000s era, and she holds a special affection for GameCube classics like Chibi Robo. Additionally, she has a keen appreciation for stylistic games, with a notable affinity for titles like Okami. Instagram / Twitter / LinkedIn