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and again raps about his dead­beat dad. It’s a fun song, de­spite the heavy aban­don­ment sub­ject mat­ter. The al­bum stands at 16 tracks, in­clud­ing duets with Ri­hanna, Ken­drick La­mar and Sky­lar Grey. Get the deluxe edi­tion for five bonus tracks. It in­cludes Beau­ti­ful Pain, a heart-rend­ing duet per­formed with Sia of Zero 7 fame.

The Killers

(Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic) A DECADE af­ter the re­lease of its de­but al­bum Hot Fuss, Amer­i­can indie rock band The Killers feels it has enough ma­te­rial for a great­est hits com­pi­la­tion. There are 15 tracks laid out in chrono­log­i­cal or­der on this pack­age, a sheer de­light for those with ob­ses­sive com­pul­sive dis­or­der. Di­rect Hits takes lis­ten­ers back to The Killers’ break­out year in 2004 with heart­break an­thems Mr. Bright­side and Some­body Told Me, along with re­cent re­leases from its last stu­dio al­bum Bat­tle Born. The al­bum also in­cludes synth pop hits like Read My Mind and Hu­man from its third stu­dio al­bum Day & Age. For those who re­cently dis­cov­ered the band, they will love this com­pi­la­tion as it in­cludes most of the band’s pop­u­lar songs. Long­time fans can also en­joy two new tracks, the 1980s-in­spired power pop Shot At The Night and lovelorn theme Just Another Girl.

My only gripe with Di­rect Hits is the omis­sion of Bones. If you’ve got a friend with (per- sis­tent) love prob­lems, play him or her ev­ery song on this al­bum. Noth­ing says “get over it” like Bran­don Flow­ers singing away the an­guish of heart­break in a Killers song.

Var­i­ous Artists

(Warner Mu­sic) THERE are two sides to this al­bum, de­pend­ing on how much you lis­ten to the ra­dio when you’re stuck in traf­fic. The first half con­sists of pop­u­lar (and over­played) songs and Record of the Year nom­i­nees Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Imag­ine Dragons’ Ra­dioac­tive and Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. The rest con­sist of gems by artistes that are some­what ob­scure.

There’s Ken­drick La­mar with so­cial drink­ing ad­vi­sory song Swim­ming Pools (Drank), Kacey Mus­graves’ dark coun­try of­fer­ing Merry Go ‘Round and James Blake’s soul­ful elec­tronic track Ret­ro­grade. There are also songs from Best New Artiste nom­i­nee Ed Sheeran ( Lego House) and Al­bum of The Year hope­ful Tay­lor Swift ( Be­gin Again). I have two prob­lems with this al­bum.

Firstly, the lack of rock or al­ter­na­tive songs. I be­lieve there are bet­ter tracks by nom­i­nees like Jack White and Nine Inch Nails that de­serve to be on this al­bum. Se­condly, there’s the in­clu­sion of Katy Perry’s Roar and Sara Bareilles’ Brave. Se­ri­ously, why bother in­clud­ing th­ese tracks as they are both essen­tially the same song? Get this al­bum if you only like a se­lec­tion of th­ese artistes’ songs and not their en­tire al­bums.


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