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'riven by a beautiful and impassioned baritone vocal courtesy of frontman Brian Mc1amara, this is a perfectly-weighted indie rock song that swells the heart thanks to some sublime strings. 7elling the tale of Adam after his banishment from (den, fans of the :aterboys and :ilco will adore this orchestral flavoured gem. KATY PERRY FEAT. SKIP MARLEY
Chained To The Rhythm ƜƚƩƢƭƨƥ ƫƞƜƨƫƝƬ
1ot Tuite the out-and-out banger that we’ve come to e[pect from the ŏ&alifornia *urlŐ, nor the much talked about acoustic-based direction she’s been promising for a while, this is an odd choice for a comeback single. 2nce again re-teaming with bona fide hit machines Ma[ Martin and 6ia, its fusion of -amaican dancehall and ’ s disco works well, as do the vocal tricks and hooks. +owever, it lacks the spark of Ō)irework’.
6till, the politicised lyrics are a more than welcome addition and the subtle chorus impresses with repeated spins. MACHINE GUN KELLY FEAT. CAMILA CABELLO
Bad Things ƮƧƢƯƞƫƬƚƥ )eaturing an interpolation of )astball’s Ō single Ō2ut 2f My +ead’, this team-up is a pretty brainless affair. &rammed with overcooked vocals from the former )ifth +armony member and a disinterested performance from the rapper,
ŌBad 7hings’ is aptly named as it’s a tedious listen at best. At worst, it could provide the soundtrack of both artists’ Mourney to obscurity. :e really e[pected much better from Ms &abello.
KINGS OF LEON
Reverend ƫƜƚ ƫƞƜƨƫƝƬ
(ven the most fervent fan of the 1ashville act would admit that each record since Aha Shake Heartbreak has seen diminishing returns, creatively speaking. :hile the )ollowills haven’t Tuite managed to recapture the magic they had on earlier material, their form as a singles band is still strong. Ō5everend’ continues their winning streak and is full of soaring vocals, howled hooks and powerful dynamics. ,t will be a staple of both their set and radio playlists for a long time. 7he opening and closing Buddy +olly guitar tone is worth the price of admission alone.
If This Is Love self released 2ne of Belfast’s most imaginative tunesmiths, rapper Bee Mick 6ee is currently enMoying life collaborating with the great and good of the north. 7his latest proMect sees him pool creative resources with Beauty 6leep’s 5yan Mc*roarty. Boasting razor-sharp, lovelorn lyrics and a sugary, 1ew 2rder-esTue hook, e[-:onder 9illains singer and also current Beauty 6leep member &heylene Murphy also lends vocals and keyboards parts. ,t helps make this one of the best indie-pop songs you’ll hear all year.
Nocturne ơƞƚƯƞƧƥƲ ƫƞƜƨƫƝƢƧƠƬ Lifted from latest album, Gargoyle, this is a suitably gloomy and ghoulish listening e[perience from the former 6creaming 7rees man. ,nformed by goth and post-punk, Lanegan’s bourbon-soaked bellow is as into[icating as ever. 7he addition of synths and loops gives the song a cinematic flavour.
Go To Work ƟƢƟƚ ƫƞƜƨƫƝƬ
Both twisted lullaby and cautionary tale on the perils of what happens when it’s all work and no play, August :ells’ latest single is their catchiest yet. 3iano and flute-based, there’s a bit of Beatles in the song’s '1A as .en *riffin croons warns, “And none of your words of wisdom can protect him from the terror of Monday morning”
over the shuffling beat. Both mesmerising and menacing, Ō*o 7o :ork’ may be their finest hour to date.
John Wayne ƮƧƢƯƞƫƬƚƥ
)resh from her heroic performance at this year’s 6uper Bowl, Mother Monster continues to rebuild her career with this sturdy pop-rock stomper. &o-written with Mark 5onson, Blood3op and .yuss 4276A man -osh +omme, you can hear the tunesmiths’ fingerprints all over the track. ,t’s a frenetic offering driven by wonky guitars and a deliciously 277 vocal from Ms *ermanotta. 1ot Tuite as inspired as her early work but still an e[citing effort from the ever creative star.
YOU ME AT SIX
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After making a decent dent in the (uropean rock scene with their tuneful brand of ŏdon’t call it poppunkŐ, the 6urrey Tuintet set their sights on cracking the 6tates with their fifth album, Night People.
Ō*ive’ is actually their first single to be released in 1orth America and is an enMoyable enough mash-up of )all 2ut Boy and 6now 3atrol that will earn them plenty of radio play. A little too mawkish for these ears, this modern take on the power ballad will divide long-term fans.
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