After a long and sometimes contentious rollout, Charli XCX will finally release her new “main pop girl” album Crash this week. But first, she’s sharing one more single.
“Every Rule” is a soft synth ballad with an Auto-Tuned vocal and a minimal beat. The synth riff that serves as the song’s spine feels directly lifted out of the ’80s or ’90s, while Charli’s effects-laden singing is very much of the moment. It’s a lovely song with some extra sticky hooks and a memorably tender performance from Charli. “I’m breaking every rule for you,” she sings. “You’re breaking every rule for me.”
Crash is out 3/18 on Asylum/Atlantic/Warner UK.