The word crash is one of those words that have a double purpose. It’s a description for the act i.e. A meteor just crashed in my backyard. Not only that, but it could also act as the sound effect for that very action i.e., Crash! Goes the boulder as it slams on my coffee cup. Ridiculous examples aside, crash is part of the word group called onomatopoeia. Wherein a word, phonetically imitates, resembles the exact sound it describes. Other words in this playful bunch are the twins slap and clap, wherein we could see the later in action via Charli XCX’s hit “Boom Clap” i.e., “Boom clap, the sound of my heart. The beat goes on and on and on and..”.

Before you run up for the hills because of this sheer cheesiness, hold your horses! You’ve got to hear this out because English Pop Princess Charli XCX got something up her sleeve. Just like DC universe’s Zatanna, she’s got something to mesmerize us all and get us into that dancing trance. This weapon of mass enjoyment comes in the form of her new album “Crash” which came out March 18th through Atlantic Records. 

This banger of a record boasts of powerful tracks sure to give everyone a blasting time. The list is as follows: “Crash”, “New Shapes” (feat. Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek), “Good Ones”, “Constant Repeat”, “Beg For You” (feat. Rina Sawayama), “Move Me”, “Baby”, “Lightning”, “Every Rule”, “Yuck”, “Used To Know Me”, and “Twice”. That’s 12 for those keeping score. Ding ding ding! 

Digging deeper, “Crash” is a noteworthy experience because it lives up to its name giving you that crashing feeling. Not in a bad way of course, but in that feel good manner. Running at exactly 33 minutes and 51 seconds, this 12 pack comes in hard and fast as if a race car speeding through the freeway. No place for neutral here, it blazes through leaving us exhilarated. Whew! Water break! Water break! 

Car comparisons aside, Charli XCX’s new offering is a perfect cruising companion. It’s energetic tone and alluring lyrics provides that dreamy backdrop suited to liven up any drive whether alone or with a group. It gives any vehicle wings, and its occupants a wide smile on their faces. A sense of freedom and liberation necessary in times like this. As in her song “Crash”, she explicitly says “I’m about to crash into the water. Gonna take you with me.”. Yes please! Because this feels too good and oh so euphoric. 

Accompanying this already soon to be instant pop classic, are a series of tours that kicked off last March 26th in the US and will wind down June 9th in Europe. Here’s the complete schedule: 

27th March – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
29th March – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
1st April – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
3rd April – The Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
6th April – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
8th April – ACL Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
9th April – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX (on sale TBD)
10th April – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
12th April – Orpheum Theater – New Orleans, LA
13th April – The Eastern – Atlanta, GA
15th April – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
16th April – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
18th April – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
20th April – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
22nd April – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
23rd April – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
25th April – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON
26th April – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
28th April – Palace Theatre – Saint Paul, MN
29th April – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

13th May – Olympia Theatre – Dublin, Ireland
15th May – O2 Academy – Glasgow, UK
17th May – Victoria Warehouse – Manchester, UK
18th May – O2 Academy – Birmingham, UK
19th May – Alexandra Palace – London, UK
21st May – UEA – Norwich, UK
22nd May – O2 Academy – Sheffield, UK
23rd May – Rock City – Nottingham, UK
25th May – Le Trianon – Paris, France*
27th May – La Madeleine – Brussels, Belgium*
28th May – TivoliVredenburg (Ronda Hall) – Utrecht, Netherlands
30th May – Astra – Berlin, Germany
31st May – Carlswerk Victoria – Cologne, Germany
2nd June – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain
4th June – Fabrique – Milan, Italy
7th June – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain
9th June – Primavera – Barcelona, Spain

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Need more Charli XCX in your life? Oh, we sure do! So, head on over to her official website, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube accounts for a whole new world of content.

See you there! 

Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.
Illustrator and writer who loves music, arts and pop culture as a whole.