Lifted Licks: Charli XCX's Pop 2

Lifted Licks: Charli XCX's Pop 2

Every week on Thursday, we call out an album that's great for listening to while stoned. This week, we're looking at a record from a few weeks back: Charli XCX's latest album, Pop 2.

The album is called Pop 2, so if you're in the mood for something heavier, you probably want to move on. That's not to say that Charli XCX doesn't say important things on this record: There are songs here about being lost in love (or in the club) and about the sadness that comes with putting a happy, made up face on all the time. But things never dip too deep into melancholy -- even when Charli XCX is contemplating her existence, she's doing it over a great beat.

The production is great -- it's layered and complex and everything you want to dive into with a nice sativa. These are songs that are meant to be listened to slightly too loud, like you're at a dim club and trying to tune the world out. The guest list is pretty rad, too -- Carly Rae Jepsen is the first guest, and while her song isn't the best of her catalog (her own albums are much more fun), you've also got people like Tove Lo, Cupcakke, and MO on there (just assume we used the O with the line through it there -- our keyboard doesn't go that far on the default setting).

From start to finish, this record shines and sparkles, and spins around like a rollercoaster. If you like pop music at all, you'll find something to appreciate here, and even if not, maybe you can just sit back and enjoy how well-crafted things are anyway. Grab your favorite strain, light it up, and enjoy.

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