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November 24, 2017   |   Ithaca, NY

Life & Culture

Review: Singles for the week of 11/10

Reviews editor Jake Leary listens to five of the newest singles out this week — here’s what he thought of them.

Strangers

Sigrid

Released Nov. 10

Universal Music Operations Limited

Strangers” leans into pop cliches. Sigrid conjures up a romance worthy of Nicholas Sparks — it’s not original, but the lyrics are innocent and sweet. The instrumentation is muddy and makes for a headacheinducing musical experience.

 

Tip Toe

Jason Derulo and French Montana

Released Nov. 10

Warner Bros. Records Inc.

Jason Derulo’s usual swagger is on full display in “Tip Toe.” There’s a natural flow to Derulo’s verses, but he doesn’t sacrifice a hardhitting beat to achieve this smooth rhythm. “Tip Toe” is simultaneously punchy and relaxed, and while it’s not a masterpiece, it’s certainly worth a listen.

 

Uh Huh

Somewhere Else

Released Nov. 10

Somewhere Else Music

A song without a solid beat is like a building without a stable foundation. “Uh Huh” has light, poppy vocals and a stylish rhythm, but the beat is a mess. A recurring distortion on the instrumentation sounds like a piano thrown into a wood chipper. Next time, Somewhere Else should try something else.

 

“World Gone Mad”

Bastille

Released Nov. 10

Atlantic Recording Corporation

Listening to the line, “You don’t want to f*ck with us” sung in an earsplitting falsetto is both unappealing and ineffective. “World Gone Mad” from the upcoming Netflix film “Bright” tries to compensate for soft instrumentation with hard, existential lyrics, but instead of creating a compelling juxtaposition, Bastille has crafted a song with an identity crisis.

 

“The Plan”

G-Eazy

Released Nov. 10

RCA Records

Someone get G-Eazy a cough drop. His hoarse delivery is offputting and makes it difficult to engage with his lyrics. Granted, there’s not much to engage with even once you move past the unpleasant vocals.

Jake Leary can be reached at jleary@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @jd_leary