Number 1 Angel

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Number 1 Angel
Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel.png
Mixtape by Charli XCX
Released 10 March 2017 (2017-03-10)
Recorded October 2016
Genre
Length 37:23
Label Asylum
Producer
Charli XCX chronology
Vroom Vroom
(2016)Vroom Vroom2016
Number 1 Angel
(2017)
Pop 2
(2017)Pop 22017

Number 1 Angel is the third mixtape by English singer and songwriter Charli XCX, released on 10 March 2017 by Asylum Records. The mixtape contains ten tracks and was created in Los Angeles as a collaboration with producer A. G. Cook, the founder of PC Music.[3][4][5] Several other producers associated with the label also contributed to the mixtape, including Sophie who previously produced Charli XCX's extended play Vroom Vroom.

Background[edit]

In January 2017, Charli XCX stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that she was planning to release a mixtape before the release of her third album[6] saying: "I just got bored and made a load of songs, so I decided to put them out."[7] In another interview, with 93.3, she told the radio station that she recorded the mixtape in two weeks. She described it by saying, "this is more like crying into the champagne than drinking it", and compared it to her work with Sophie.[8] The mixtape was slated for a February 2017 release[8] but was pushed back due to label conflicts. Charli XCX initially recorded the mixtape without her label's permission, stating that the situation, along with the album delay, had her feeling "frustrated and annoyed".[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
The 4058/10[11]
Pretty Much AmazingB[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork6.3/10[14]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Number 1 Angel received an average score of 73, based on 5 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[10] Frank Falisi from Tiny Mix Tapes gave the mixtape four out of five stars, comparing it to Madonna's early works and calling it "a text for mitigating engagements."[15] At Pretty Much Amazing, Mick Jacobs stated that "Aitchison intelligently pairs her clever lyrics against beats that push genres outward, her filling in the spaces with her hooks and gigantic personality,"[12] whilst Katherine St. Asaph of Pitchfork wrote that the mixtape "is largely stolen by its guests, like Uffie and CupcakKe."[14]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
Complex The Best Albums of 2017
12
Entertainment Weekly Best Albums of 2017
18
Crack Magazine The Top 100 Albums of 2017
29
Noisey The 100 Best Albums of 2017
38
Gorilla vs. Bear Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2017
54
Rolling Stone 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017
8
Melty Best Pop Albums of the Year
2

Track listing[edit]

Number 1 Angel[23][24]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dreamer" (featuring Starrah and Raye)A. G. Cook3:58
2."3AM (Pull Up)" (featuring )
Easy FX3:59
3."Blame It On U"
Cook3:47
4."Roll with Me"
Sophie3:21
5."Emotional"Charli XCXEasy FX3:53
6."ILY2"Charli XCXDanny L Harle3:16
7."White Roses"
  • Charli XCX
  • Noonie Bao
Cook3:33
8."Babygirl" (featuring Uffie)
Hill3:53
9."Drugs" (featuring Abra)
Cook3:49
10."Lipgloss" (featuring Cupcakke)
  • Life Sim
  • Sophie
  • Cook
3:54
Total length:37:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[25] 74
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[26] 67
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[27] 6
US Billboard 200[28] 175

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhian Daly (10 March 2017). "Charli XCX's 'Number 1 Angel' mixtape is more than just a stopgap between records". NME.
  2. ^ Christopher R. Weingarten (15 March 2017). "Review: Charli XCX Commits to Avant-Pop Partnership on 'Number 1 Angel'". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Yoo, Noah (7 March 2017). "Charli XCX Announces New Mixtape Number 1 Angel". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ Moore, Sam (7 March 2017). "Charli XCX reveals release date of new mixtape 'Number 1 Angel'". NME. Time Inc. UK. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ Bilstein, Jon (7 March 2017). "Charli XCX Unveils Three Bombastic Songs From New Mixtape". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  6. ^ Brittany Spanos (9 January 2017). "Charli XCX on Making Album She Could 'Get F--ked Up To'". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ Kelly Ballhorn (10 March 2017). "Why Charli XCX Decided to Drop a Mixtape Ahead of Her Album". On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
  8. ^ a b "Charli XCX is dropping a mixtape next month!". DIY. 31 January 2017.
  9. ^ Michael Cragg (14 March 2017). "Charli XCX: the mixtape mystery and a pop career in flux". The Guardian.
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for Number 1 Angel by Charli XCX". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  11. ^ Norman-Fyfe, James (23 March 2017). "Album Review: Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel". The 405. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  12. ^ a b Jacobs, Mick (10 March 2017). "Review: Charli XCX, Number 1 Angel". Pretty Much Amazing. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  13. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (15 March 2017). "Review: Charli XCX Commits to Avant-Pop Partnership on 'Number 1 Angel'". rollingstone.com.
  14. ^ a b Asaph, Katherine (27 March 2017). "Charli XCX Number 1 Angel Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  15. ^ a b Falisi, Frank. "Charli XCX – Number 1 Angel". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  16. ^ "The Best Albums of 2017". Complex Magazine. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  17. ^ "Best Albums of 2017". Entertainment Weekly. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  18. ^ "The Top 100 Albums of 2017". Crack Magazine. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of 2017". Noisey. December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  20. ^ "Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of 2017". Gorilla vs. Bear. December 3, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  21. ^ "20 Best Pop Albums of 2017". Rolling Stone Magazine. December 12, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  22. ^ Rajona, Wyzman (20 December 2017). "Taylor Swift, Loïc Nottet, Lorde... Les meilleurs albums pop de l'année" [Taylor Swift, Loïc Nottet, Lorde... The best pop albums of the year] (in French). Melty. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Number 1 Angel – Charli XCX – Ecoute gratuite sur Deezer". Deezer. 10 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Charli XCX's official website". Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  25. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #412". auspOp. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  26. ^ "Charli XCX Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  27. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  28. ^ "Charli XCX Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 21, 2017.