British pop chameleon Charli XCX issued Number 1 Angel -- a long-player that's technically just a mixtape teaser to prime fans for the official third LP -- in early 2017. Yet another sonic shift for the singer, Angel employs tropical bounce, cavernous electronics, and trap-rap influences on ten tracks that are more M.I.A. than Marina and the Diamonds. The collection debuted in the Billboard 200 and features guest appearances by MO, Uffie, ABRA, cupcakKe, Starrah, and Raye.
AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung