Number 1 Angel

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.[2][3][4] Several other producers associated with the label also contributed to the mixtape, including Sophie who previously produced Charli XCX's extended play Vroom Vroom. Musically, it has been labeled as avant-pop[5] and electropop.[6]

Number 1 Angel
Charli XCX - Number 1 Angel.png
Mixtape by
Released10 March 2017
RecordedOctober 2016
Genre
Length37:23
LabelAsylum
Producer
Charli XCX chronology
Vroom Vroom
(2016)
Number 1 Angel
(2017)
Pop 2
(2017)

BackgroundEdit

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[7] saying: "I just got bored and made a load of songs, so I decided to put them out."[8] 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.[9] The mixtape was slated for a February 2017 release[9] 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".[10]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.2/10[11]
Metacritic73/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
The 4058/10[13]
Crack Magazine7/10[14]
Pitchfork6.3/10[15]
Pretty Much AmazingB[16]
Rolling Stone     [17]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5[18]

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.[12] Frank Falisi from Tiny Mix Tapes compared the mixtape to Madonna's early works and described it as "a text for mitigating engagements."[18] 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,"[16] whilst Katherine St. Asaph of Pitchfork wrote that the mixtape "is largely stolen by its guests, like Uffie and CupcakKe."[15]

AccoladesEdit

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 listingEdit

Number 1 Angel track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dreamer" (featuring Starrah and Raye)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"
  • Aitchison
  • Patrik Berger
Easy FX3:53
6."ILY2"
Harle3:16
7."White Roses"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
  • Bao
Cook3:33
8."Babygirl" (featuring Uffie)Hill3:53
9."Drugs" (featuring Abra)
Cook3:49
10."Lipgloss" (featuring Cupcakke)
  • Cook
  • Sophie
  • Life Sim
3:54
Total length:37:23
Number 1 Angel/Pop 2 vinyl edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
11."Backseat" (featuring Carly Rae Jepsen)
3:58
12."Out of My Head" (featuring Tove Lo and Alma)
3:55
13."Lucky"
  • Aitchison
  • Cook
  • Nicolas "Ö" Petitfrere
  • Cook
  • Ö
3:35
14."Tears" (featuring Caroline Polachek)
Cook4:13
15."I Got It" (featuring Brooke Candy, Cupcakke and Pabllo Vittar)
  • Cook
  • umru
3:51
16."Femmebot" (featuring Dorian Electra and Mykki Blanco)
  • Cook
  • Gamson
  • EasyFun
3:38
17."Delicious" (featuring Tommy Cash)
Cook4:32
18."Unlock It" (featuring Kim Petras and Jay Park)
  • Cook
  • Life Sim
3:52
19."Porsche" (featuring )
3:26
20."Track 10"
5:26

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[28]

Musicians

  • Charli XCX – lead vocals
  • A. G. Cookprogramming (1–3, 5, 7, 9, 10), synthesizer (2, 5), piano (5)
  • – vocals (2)
  • EasyFun – programming and synthesizer (2, 5), piano (5)
  • Sophie – programming (4, 10)
  • Danny L Harle – programming (6)
  • MNDR – backing vocals (8)
  • John Hill – programming (8)
  • Jordan Orvash – keyboards (8)
  • Life Sim – synthesizer (10)

Technical

  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering engineer
  • Geoff Swan – mixing
  • Cameron Gower Poole – engineer (1, 9)
  • Alex Williams – engineer (2, 3, 7)
  • Rob Cohen – engineer (8)
  • Ryan Gilligan – engineer ( 8)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 74
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[30] 67
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[31] 6
US Billboard 200[32] 175

TourEdit

Number 1 Angel Tour[33]
Date City Country Venue
April 2, 2017 San Francisco United States Rickshaw
12 April 2017 New York City United States Le Poisson Rouge
20 April 2017 London United Kingdom Jazz Café
22 April 2017 Paris France Les Étoiles
11 June 2017 São Paulo Brazil Memorial da América Latina

NotesEdit

  1. ^ EasyFX is a duo formerly consisting of producers A. G. Cook and EasyFun.[1]

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ a b "Reviews and Tracks for Number 1 Angel [Mixtape] by Charli XCX". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  13. ^ Norman-Fyfe, James (23 March 2017). "Review: Charli XCX's new mixtape Number 1 Angel proves that she is still ahead of the pop pack". The 405. Archived from the original on 23 March 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
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  25. ^ 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.
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  27. ^ https://online.gema.de/werke/search.faces
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  31. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
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