Charli XCX Charli album coverCharli Aitchison recently tweeted: “I’ve been kinda a chart flop recently but… honestly, I’m iconic.”

It’s true: at a time when top-tier pop acts are finally recovering from a few awkward years, Charli XCX has been more consistent and self-assured than just about anyone.

And self-titling an album is a sure sign: navigating anxiety and broken hearts, Charli is galaxy-huge in its ambitions to capture the fraughtness and precarity of slamming into your upper 20s at the same time that the world is going through a catastrophic crisis. If global warming is going to heat up the globe, at least 1999 is a worthy song for the forever-summer.

Charli by Charli XCX is out September 13 via Atlantic/Warner.

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