Charli XCX – Stay Away

November 19, 2011

On the surface, Charli XCX may appear to be all gimmick and no substance. Because of that fact, the 19-year-old pop star seems to often get slapped with the dreaded one-hit-wonder label. But songs like “Stay Away” are perfect examples of why there’s reason to believe that there’s more to Charli XCX than meets the eye. Sure, her synth-heavy 80’s pop is pretty imitative, but she is so good at playing within the confines of the well-worn genre that the track feels genuinely emotional and fresh.