Charli XCX
Focus / No Angel


3.5
great

Review

by Get Low USER (67 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2021 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A single about not being single

Focus / No Angel is a two-track single released by Charli XCX in 2018, as part of a series of monthly singles she was circulating that year. It was released during her Pop 2 album cycle and before the release of Charli, when she was still focusing on more accessible dance pop tracks prior to going in a more experimental direction. Focus and No Angel, which were both performed live before their studio release, are high-octane, synth-driven tracks that feature Charli's signature half-rapped verses and earworm choruses. Lyrically, Focus is quite literally about Charli wanting her love interest to focus 100% of his time on her, and No Angel is written as a sort of apology to her love interest for cheating, being untrustworthy, and acting wildly.

As an individual who rather detests the concept of the non-album single and tends to ignore them in turn, I can't help but return to Focus / No Angel frequently. There's something about the lyrical duality of these tracks, as well as their simplicity and accessibility, that makes me want throw them on when I have a six-minute gap of time that needs filled with dance pop. Focus / No Angel listens like a short EP rather than a single, which is another reason why I don't hold my standalone single grudge against it. Like peanut butter and jelly, like salt and pepper, Focus and No Angel are as similar as they are different, which is why they combine perfectly together.



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Get Low
July 23rd 2021


14389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The irony here is that I normally report singles.

ConcubinaryCode
July 23rd 2021


7624 Comments


For shame! Lol jk sput really should just add a section for singles. Every other rating site does.

Get Low
July 24th 2021


14389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The reason I report singles is that I feel they clutter up band pages. It's not as much of an issue on sites like RYM where discogs are just a big long list. The only exception for me on here is if it's a non-album single with more than one song, such as this. At that point it's close enough to an EP.

sixdegrees
July 24th 2021


13127 Comments


Reported

Havey
July 24th 2021


12194 Comments


my standalone single grudge

Cygnatti
July 24th 2021


36101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Get Mitski outta here !!

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2021


61281 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

where is mitski now how long has it been

BallsToTheWall
July 24th 2021


51289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yasss!

BallsToTheWall
July 24th 2021


51289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also congrats on the outstanding new name change for Cleveland, GetLow.

Get Low
July 24th 2021


14389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am now a Yankees fan.

Underflow
July 25th 2021


5297 Comments


shut the fuck up

Ryus
July 25th 2021


37492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

go yankees

sixdegrees
July 25th 2021


13127 Comments


Shut the fuck up

Ryus
July 25th 2021


37492 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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oltnabrick
July 25th 2021


40727 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this p good cannot lie

Get Low
July 25th 2021


14389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Don't let me, don't let me go

I just wanna let you know that

I don't do anal, but I can learn

onionbubs
August 18th 2023


21538 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

v glad one of the best xcx world songs got an official release (justice for come to my party tho)



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