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Charli XCX's Sucker: We Break Down The Most 'Pu--y Power'-ful Tracks

From saying 'eff you' to the music industry to effing herself.

"Pu--y Power is just, like, even more intense girl power," Charli XCX said in a recent interview with Nylon magazine, explaining the feminist energy that runs throughout her upcoming record, Sucker. "It's, like, in-your-face pu--y life. Tampon girls," she added, invoking Riot Grrrl musicians who used to fling their used tampons into unruly audiences.

The 22-year-old "Boom Clap" singer may be living during a vastly different era than her punk-rock feminist forebears, but their energy runs throughout her sophomore record, out December 16 -- an album that pulses with teenage malaise, nihilistic angst and a "f--k you" energy that's definitely worthy of emulation.

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Sucker is a solid record for letting go and making so-bad-they're-good decisions -- from party anthems like "Die Tonight" and tongue-in-cheek odes to wealth like "Gold Coins." And there are some pretty pu--y power-ful tracks studded among the vinyl and swagger. Allow us to break down the most potent. (You can stream the album now on iTunes.)

"Sucker"

Though it seems at first to be a jam about rejecting a kiss-ass suitor, "Sucker" is actually a big "eff you" to a music industry that only really took an interest in Charli after she "broke out" with songs like "Boom Clap" and "Fancy." As you may know, Charli had previously been kind of Sia-like when it came to her career, penning hit songs for other musicians like Icona Pop.

Despite having released a solo record in the past, True Romance, the aforementioned singles grabbed the attention of the public in 2014, making Charli a bold-faced name. Her reaction to the hangers-on suddenly grabbing hold? "F--k you! Sucker!"

Key Line: "Oh dear God, do you get me now, do you get me now, oh, you do?/ Wow you're awesome"

"Breaking Up"

We called it the when we recently likened this insanely catchy track to '90s all-female rock band The Donnas. This week, Charli invoked their name when asked about her influences on Twitter. Like The Donnas' "Get Rid of That Girl," Charli takes a no-frills approach to romance -- and its many pitfalls -- openly berating an ex for his "ugly tattoo" and "f--king cheap perfume." Nope, not every split ends with tears, a la Taylor.

Key Line: "Everything was wrong with you/ So breaking up was easy to do"

"Body Of My Own"

Masturbation gets a whole new look in what's probably the most subversive song on this record. Sure, Green Day touched on the subject (pun intended) in "Longview" -- with Nobunny referencing that track in "(Do The) F--k Yourself" -- and the Divinyls famously belted, "When I think about you, I touch myself," but Charli breaks all the rules with "Body Of My Own." Instead of feeling shame and malaise (a la Green Day) or thinking of some dude whilst doing the deed (a.k.a. "you"), Charli proclaims, "I don't need you/ My touch is better."

Key Line: "Not satisfied/ I need to taste it/ Your sex is so over"