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December 9, 2018   |   Ithaca, NY

Life & Culture

Review: Singles for the week of 10/5

 

Without Me

Halsey

Released Oct. 4

Capitol Records, LLC

The rhythm and simple synth in the beginning of “Without Me” sounds almost exactly like that of “Love Liesby Khalid, but Halsey’s vocals lack the same natural groove. There’s nothing outstandingly wrong with the song, but the structure is predictable and overall uninspired.

 

 

Has Ended

Thom Yorke

Released Oct. 3

Unsustainabubble Ltd.

Despite what sounds like Yorke’s attempt at off-key wailing permeating the background, lazy bass and echoing drums cut through the haze of distorted instrumentals and keep the five-minute song length feeling fresh.

 

 

Walls

The Lumineers

Released Oct. 2

Dualtones Music Group, Inc.

There’s not much room to go wrong with an acoustic guitar, tambourine and limited male vocal range. An accordion in the chorus adds charm without kitschiness.

 

 

 

Who Do You Trust?

Papa Roach

Released Oct. 5

Eleven Seven Music

Who Do You Trust?” is driven by electric guitar and a pounding, danceable breakdown. However, the lyrics are overwrought and comical, stripping away any punk credibility the band might have been holding on to.

 

 

 

No One Compares to You

Jack & Jack

Released Oct. 5

Island Records

No One Compares to You” sounds like a Shawn Mendes song: its lyrics are sweet without being simplistic, and its radio-friendly chorus succeeds with a sticky falsetto hook.