Photo by Ren Ralos
Last September, Charli XCX covered Sam Smith’s monster ballad “Stay With Me”, offering up equal doses of poise and sentimentality. Now, for a BBC Live Lounge session, the UK synthpop star has taken on another chart-topper in “Shake It Off”.
Here, instead of mimicking Taylor Swift’s usual doe-eyed pop panache, Charli draws on her own punk roots. Snarling and tempestuous, her rendition is highlighted by a noticeable vitriolic bite in her vocals and a blistering, aggressive rhythm. Sick beat or not, Charli always sounds ready to rile up a crowd. Listen in below.
Charli’s latest album, Sucker, is out now via Neon Gold/Atlantic Records.