While his message is admirable, his corny lyrics turn a powerful song into something that belongs in an after-school special.
“Ball For Me”
Post Malone, Nicki Minaj
Released April 26
Post Malone masterfully constructs a dynamic rhythm out of morphing, gooey synth effects and structured beats.
Though Briggs is able to impress with her vocal prowess, “Church of Scars,” though long anticipated, leaves a hollow feeling of unfulfilled expectations.
“No Tears Left to Cry”
Released April 19
Ariana Grande uses her signature belting vocals as accents, focusing instead on rattling drums and a synth that sounds directly inspired by old-school Madonna.
“Back Seat Driver (Spirit Guide)”
Released April 5
’80s synth and fuzzy vocals are a surefire combination, but Bear Hands relies too heavily on them to carry the song.
Released March 30
Atlantic Recording Corporation
Cardi B’s singing in the chorus is weak and suffers from the lack of a pounding bass, but her verses are poppy and sharply delivered.