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CHARLI XCX

CHARLI

ATLANTIC

★★★

For someone so ubiquitous, it’s remarkable that Charli is Charli XCX’s first album since Sucker landed in 2014. Back then, its hit, Boom Clap, and accompanying glam-tinged celebratory shows made Charli (real name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison) potentially her generation’s Debbie Harry. She was a reminder that pop should be about defiant individualism rather than the machine-tooled careerism of Jess Glynne. So it’s frustrating to report that Charli often sounds like it could be from absolutely any pop star that you could name.

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In the latest issue of Classic Pop we have a world exclusive interview with Duran Duran who reveal all about their forthcoming new studio album and the iconic show they played for NASA to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. A candid Gary Numan talks to us about his 40 years as a ground-breaking icon of electronic music and Kim Wilde explains why it’s taken her 38 years to release her first live album, plus we also chat to Metronomy’s Joe Mount about his band’s ambitious new studio LP.

For our latest album-by-album feature we examine the amazing back catalogue of Blur and we also look back at the technology that drove the electro revolution with the help of members of the Human League and Landscape. 

Our classic album is Prince’s Sign O’ The Times and we also meet his collaborator Cat Glover to hear about her recollections of the project.

Our packed new album reviews section includes Charli XCX, Kim Wilde, Bon Iver, Keane, Chrissie Hynde, The Brand New Heavies and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including Prefab Sprout, Goldfrapp, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Somerville, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Teardrop Explodes. In our live reviews section, we check out shows by New Order, kd lang, Stevie Wonder, Jenny Lewis and more.

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