First track, "Nuclear Seasons" is a stripped back synth driven affair, it's got a slightly dark, DEPECHE MODE feel to it, drawing you in with it's undeniably catchy simplicity. "You (Ha Ha Ha)" has more of a light hip-hop vibe, while "Take My Hand" dives right back into the kind of electronic pop you'd pluck straight out of a CYNDI LAUPER album.
"So Far Away" could potentially be described as a ballad with street cred, on one hand, quiet, soft and ambient, on the other hand defiant, middle finger proudly pointing skyward. "What I Like" starts off with the impression that it's going to be some crazy trance number, when it suddenly dies down into another urban style soft rap number, a bit of a let down if I'm honest, but "Black Roses" makes up for it with it's dirty 80's sounding synthesizers and big chorus.
"True Romance" as an album, is quite hard to pin down, it's core sound more of a mash-up of experimental styles, but Charli XCX has given an often over-done retro sound a fresh and modern perspective. Her enthusiasm for creating music from real experiences and the diversity in which it's delivered is a sign of a truly inspired artist, and at such a young age, all she can do is continue to learn and develop, not only as a writer but as a performer too. Already having collaborated with the likes of MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS and having a chart topping single with Icona Pop, things are looking highly promising indeed. With a little more experience under her belt, Charli XCX could very easily fly the flag for British female recording artists in the future. There is nothing wrong with pop music, as long as it's real. Charli XCX is real, and her music deserves to be heard.