The Beat: Charli XCX Sparkles at Sinclair

By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer
@kebbietot

For a musician to take hold of an audience at first song, to enthrall them and draw them in is a feat that even weathered professionals find hard. But, for the relatively infantile Charli XCX, the crowd was sucked in at the first track “What I Like” off of her official debut, “True Romance.”

Charli XCX, born Charlotte Aitchison, is an outstanding performer with a serious attitude about making sure the audience is having a good time. Her banter with the crowd is funny and her self-deprecating style is enjoyable; it’s nice to see a performer who doesn’t take themselves too seriously on stage.

Charli ran through almost the entire “True Romance” album, with crowd favorites “You (Ha Ha Ha)” and “Nuclear Seasons” bringing the horde of stomping teenage girls to an unearthly pitched scream. For a relatively inexperienced performer, Charli XCX knows how to put on a good show.

While at times pitchy and maybe a little over-autotuned, there really aren’t many negative things to say about Ms. Charlotte Aitchison. She’s a pop princess, and trying to portray her as anything but is only discrediting her hard work and dedication to the lilting synths that carry her album through.

Aitchison has cultivated an image of a tumblr-esque, kiss-off beauty queen turned grunge rocker. Her tracks like “Cloud Aura,” which features the off-kilter singer Brooke Candy, prove her youth and her nimble rhyming skills, along with her cotton candy light attitude about herself and her music. This is a refreshing outlook from a singer in an industry with too many young musicians writing “Greatest Hits” albums before they are even due.

Charli XCX sings that nothing is better than a good time, and Tuesday at The Sinclair proved her mantra to personal words of truth.

To listen to “You (Ha Ha Ha)” watch below:

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