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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler

HOZIER Some­one New ★★★

Ruby­works On the sec­ond sin­gle from his epony­mous de­but al­bum, the globe-con­quer­ing Ir­ish­man claims to fall in love with a dif­fer­ent per­son ev­ery sin­gle day. By my cal­cu­la­tions, this would sug­gest that the amorous bal­ladeer is cur­rently in love with 9,125 peo­ple – roughly the pop­u­la­tion of Long­ford town. (Maybe he is in love with the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of Long­ford town? Maybe that’s why they built the by­pass – to keep him at bay!)


I Re­ally Like You ★★

In­ter­scope Some­one with a lot of time on their hands has worked out that Carly Rae Jepsen’s lat­est come­back sin­gle re­peats the word “re­ally” 67 times. The as yet un­re­leased video re­port­edly in­cludes cameos by Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber, who are re­ally, re­ally, re­ally big stars. Per­son­ally, I re­ally, re­ally, re­ally liked that sin­gle she put out three years ago ( Call Me

Maybe) This one, re­ally not so


BIG SEAN One Man Can Change The World ★★★★ Def Jam The closing track from Big Sean’s Dark Sky Par­adise al­bum is a civil rights an­them, ded­i­cated to his re­cently de­ceased war vet­eran grand­mother, that also, in a some­what un­ortho­dox de­par­ture for this genre, con­tains an odd di­gres­sion about meet­ing Jim Car­rey at a White House re­cep­tion. As one does. QUEST­LOVE, BLACK THOUGHT & CHARLI XCX

Groove Is In The Heart

★★★★ Dee-Lite’s Groove Is In The

Heart was one of the clas­sic records of the early 1990s and a dance­floor sta­ple. This con­tem­po­rary re­work­ing of the song by Char­lie XCX and var­i­ous mem­bers of the Roots (for a Tar­get ad­vert in the US) doesn’t mess with the orig­i­nal for­mula un­nec­es­sar­ily. The crux of the song’s ap­peal re­mains that se­duc­tive hook and that in­fec­tious bassline. And no, you couldn’t ask for an­other.

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