But has all that graft paid off on her major label debut? No doubt Azalea plays to her substantive strengths, penning tracks that rigidly comply to one of three categories: underdog triumphalism (‘Impossible is Nothing’,); girl power defiance (‘Goddess’, ‘Fuck Love’); and boy-baiting drama (‘New Bitch’ and ‘Black Widow’ featuring Rita Ora).
More striking is her stylistic growth. Where mixtape Azalea crowded the beat, tripping over her (let’s be honest) cartoonish accent, album Azalea has learned to let it breathe. With production this melodic, flitting from pathos-drenched strings to bouncy club synths, the newly composed sound of Azalea is sure to resonate around teenagers’ bedrooms this summer.
It might not permeate beyond, though. ‘The New Classic’ knows its audience so well that it largely alienates those outside it. To grown-up ears, it sounds like a confection. This is a good album. But classic? For that, Iggy will still have to work harder.
Read our interview with Iggy Azalea What do you think of ‘The New Classic’? Let us know in the comments box below or tweet us at @TimeOutMusic.
Buy this album on Amazon | Buy this album on iTunes
Support Time Out
We see you’re using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue is Time Out’s main source of income. The content you’re reading is made by independent, expert local journalists.
Support Time Out directly today and help us champion the people and places which make the city tick. Cheers!Donate now