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Review: Charli XCX Goes Punk on New Song "London Queen" from 'Sucker' [LISTEN]

by Carolyn Menyes   Oct 6, 2014 14:47 PM EDT

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Charli XCX has dropped another taste of her upcoming album Sucker, and she's looking to be a "London Queen." Following the release of singles "Boom Clap" and "Break the Rules," today (Oct. 6), XCX released her new wave, Ramones-inspired song "London Queen."

Featuring peppy synthesizers, a rousing drumbeat and the kind of driving, speedy bassline that can only come out of an '80s-inspired single, "London Queen" channels the punk icons who came way before XCX, and she added the kind of sassy pop vocals that only she can provide.

"I never thought I'd be living in the USA / Doing things the American way / I never thought I'd be living in the USA / Living the dream like a London king," XCX sings in the punchy chorus, channeling the new wave punk energy through short enunciations and with plenty of zippy zest.

"London Queen" is unmistakable and unforgiving with its punk influences, comprised of standard three-chord progressions, raucous "Ois" and references to XCX's English homeland and the fast roads of America.

Listen to the new Charli XCX track "London Queen" below, via Rolling Stone:

"London Queen" is a new song from XCX's upcoming third studio album Sucker. Though Sucker was originally due to drop this month, XCX has delayed the release of the album thanks to the massive success of her The Fault In Our Stars anthem "Boom Clap." The album will now drop on Dec. 16.

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