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Christine & The Queens Forces Charli XCX’s Boldest Moment To Date On ‘Gone’

Written By Sam Murphy on 07/18/2019

It’s already had its live outing but Charli XCX and Christine & The Queens have given Gone its official release.

As you’d expect from the pair, it’s instant pop gold, giving us that characteristic XCX pop stomp alongside Chris’ intensity.

There’s a definite PC Music wobble to the production but this isn’t a sugary moment for Charli. Instead, she gives us one of her most confident moments, turning social anxiety into a forceful, muscular display.

It’s difficult to give anything but alongside an artist as undeterred as Chris. She’s the sort of artist that can stare you down for the entirety of a song and she brings a strength to this song that makes it impossible to turn away.

The song’s defining moment comes with the industrial instrumental break, that chops and screws the vocals, essentially tearing apart the song. It’s the type of deconstructed moment that made Pop2 so emotionally affecting and it works once again here.

This is Charli as confident as she comes. It’s not a tongue-in-cheek flex, it’s a bare emotional moment and a triumph because of it.