Review: Charli XCX – ‘Boom Clap’

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Charli XCX is known for her high profile collaborations; in 2012 ‘I Love It’ with Icona Pop was a hit all over the globe, and more recently she partnered up with Iggy Azalea and released ‘Fancy’ which topped charts worldwide. Two solo records in though, Charli XCX is still primarily known for her collaborations as opposed to her solo music. Could ‘Boom Clap’ be the track to change this? Undoubtedly.

Featuring on the soundtrack for blockbuster The Fault In Our Stars, Charli’s had a huge platform to showcase her music on an international level, and ‘Boom Clap’ was the perfect track to do this with. From the opening relaxed drumbeats, ‘Boom Clap’ oozes summer cool. Quirky, relatable lyrics really capture the teenage romance of the film (“You’re the glitter in the darkness of my world”), yet they do this without being overly tweenage and full of puppy-love clichés. With a pulsing bass-line that pushes the track forward towards the anthemic chorus, ‘Boom Clap’ is a track with subtle punk influences in a sugary pop setting – perfect for the film’s soundtrack.

8/10

‘Boom Clap’ is out on July 20th through Atlantic Records.

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