Charli XCX rides to zeitgeist on 'Break The Rules'

Charli XCX rides to zeitgeist on 'Break The Rules'

Charli XCX rides to zeitgeist on 'Break The Rules'

The reference points are there to be poked and prodded at, but make no mistake: Charli XCX is riding a wave, fast-becoming the Massive Deal she’s always hinted at being. ‘Break The Rules’ places ‘Song 2’ in a present day club environment and it sounds unashamedly massive. Throw in a “don’t give a fuck” attitude and rebellious streak and – whisper it – she might’ve topped the summer-defining ‘Boom Clap’ and ‘Fancy’.

It’s been a breakthrough year for Charli, not that 2013 wasn’t mindblowingly busy. Last year’s ‘True Romance’ LP came off more like a mixtape than a proper full-length, in places. It digested everything exciting about music in that year and projected its own stance in glitter-doused, splintered parts. Some bits sounded amazing, others made less sense. ‘Break The Rules’ – when placed alongside ‘Boom Clap’ – sounds like one of the country’s best songwriters coming into her own. It’s a marquee moment for an artist that’s only going to get better, more exciting, more capable of flicking a switch and changing things up faster than the cultural zeitgeist can say ‘What’s going on here, then?’

Originally published on DIY.