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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler HAIM That Don’t Im­press Me Much (Live @ Triple J) ★★★ JU­LIA MICHEALS Worst in Me ★★★ Repub­lic

CHARLI XCX Boys ★★★★ Asy­lum Records On Char­lie XCX’s lat­est self-di­rected mu­sic video, the English singer hand­picked 60 male heart­throbs (in­clud­ing Di­plo, Mark Ron­son, Stor­mzy, Wiz Khal­ifa and Lorde’s pro­ducer Jack Antonoff) and filmed them per­form­ing the sorts of lu­di­crous “sexy” an­tics fe­male pop stars are rou­tinely ex­pected to per­form in videos: cud­dling teddy bears, stag­ing pil­low fight­ing and wash­ing a car with suds. “No boys were hurt in the mak­ing of this video,” the singer as­sures us. Oh yeah, Charli? What about the boys you didn’t ask? (Sob, sob...) When Haim agreed to per­form Sha­nia Twain’s 1997 smash hit live in stu­dio for Aus­tralian ra­dio re­cently, its un­clear whether they slowed the tempo down be­cause they felt it suited the song or be­cause they hadn’t had suf­fi­cient time to re­hearse. Ei­ther way, the new ren­di­tion mostly high­lights just how ris­i­ble the song’s lyrics are. It in­spired some friends and I to spend al­most an en­tire evening im­pro­vis­ing new “Okay, so you’re...” verses. These starred, among oth­ers, Marty Mor­ris­sey, the Loch Ness Mon­ster and newly minted White­house chief-of-staff Gen­eral John Kelly. (“That don’t im­press me much / So you fired the Mooch, but have you got the touch?” was the re­join­der there, nat­u­rally.) It was funny at the time. Okay? The 23-year-old song­writer be­hind Selina Gomez’ Hands to

My­self, Justin Bieber’s Sorry and Hailee Ste­in­feld’s Love

My­self went solo this week with her own Ner­vous Sys­tem EP. This is her own pick of its seven tracks. BOB DY­LAN Brownsville Girl ★★★★★ Colom­bia The great Sam Shep­ard died this week. Although it ap­peared on pos­si­bly Dy­lan’s worst ever al­bum, this song he co-wrote with the great man is a breath­tak­ing, cine­matic mas­ter­piece.

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