Charli XCX - "Break The Rules"

If Charli XCX’s 2014 had ended yesterday it would have been an unequivocally successful year for the singer/songwriter, but there’s still three and a half months to go, and today, Charli put another notch in the win column with the release of “Break The Rules” — one of the most straightforward songs she’s ever recorded, and one of the best. There’s some Joan Jett in here, and some Skrillex, and it’s fucking awesome. It’s gonna be on her October LP, Sucker, but the timing of the single’s release couldn’t be better. The song’s chorus — “I don’t want to go to school/ I just want to break the rules” — might serve as something of an anthem to a few hundred million students for whom the return of school is, like, two weeks away. Listen.

(Via Buzzfeed)

Sucker is out 10/21 via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.

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Comments (16)
  1. That “Drop” is kind of weak, but I can already tell this song is going to blow up big time.

  2. Oh man, this could have been my song of the summer. Gonna be jamming this plenty now.

  3. Is it just me, or is there something very 90′s about this song? I can’t say I like it near as much as ‘Nuclear Seasons’ or ‘Lock You Up’. I feel like maybe she’s losing some of her originality?

  4. I like the “Getting high and getting wrecked” part, but that drop or whatever you want to call it is pretty weak. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s “fucking awesome”.

  5. I like this song its a nice mellow pop song and the drop might not be anything spectacular but its definitey danceable which definitely makes this song work for me. but the chorus “I don’t want to go to school, I just want to break the rules” is really lame and bad and something my baby nephew could pen himself

  6. So wait, we complain when there’s too obvious of a “drop” (Grimes’ “Go”) and then we complain when there’s not enough of one? I just wanna know so I can come prepared for next time.

    • I think with “Go”, the problem was that Grimes has traditionally done more unorthodox pop songs, and “drops” are pretty orthodox (It also didn’t help that it was a drop that seemed familiar). This is a typical pop song from an artist who hasn’t been as unorthodox, so a drop is more expected. Plus, it’s not just “too much” or “not enough”. The drop on this song is really tame for the sassiness and aggressiveness of Charli’s vocals.

      • I wouldn’t even call it a “drop” … it’s just a synth hook. And it’s the only part of the song I really like.

        • yeah, I kept waiting to hear a drop (because of the comments), but like you said, all I heard was a synth hook. maybe we’re trying to find something that’s not really supposed to be there in the first place.

  7. This is just meh right? I like her and all, but this isn’t so good.

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  9. On the plus side, I like it more than Fancy.

    On the negative side, I’d probably listen to a recording of violin troupe consisting totally of preschoolers before listening to Fancy.

    I don’t get how I liked True Romance so much and been very “meh” about everything she’s released afterward.

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