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November 15, 2018   |   Ithaca, NY

Life & Culture

Review: Singles for the week of 2/16

 

“Love Lies”

Khalid, Normani

Released Feb. 14

RCA Records

“Love Lies” begins with the warm crackling of a record and simple guitar chords. Khalid’s vocals match seamlessly with the rhythm of a deep bassline, and Normani’s moving harmonies create a contained, intimate atmosphere.

 

 

“Thought Contagion”

Muse

Released Feb. 15

Warner Bros.

Lead singer Matt Bellamy’s drawn-out vocal delivery drags, seemingly random piano chords and screeching, high-pitched synth make “Thought Contagion” more complicated than necessary.

 

 

 

“Moon River”

Frank Ocean

Released Feb. 15

Independent

Frank Ocean’s confident delivery and electric guitar successfully modernize this simple love song, originally performed by Audrey Hepburn more than 50 years ago. At first, the electric guitar sounds odd without backup from bass or drums, but after the one minute mark, Ocean’s vocals take center stage and fill in for the simple instrumentals.

 

 

“I Am An Outsider”

Three Days Grace

Released Feb. 16

RCA Records

Lyrics such as “I’m on the outside looking through, I know I’m not the same as you” may be a little too on the nose. But, when paired with a driving bassline and shouting vocals, they create a self-indulgently angsty anthem.

 

 

“Purple Hearts”

jeremy messersmith

Released Feb. 14

Glassnote Records

Layers of strings, horns and piano combine in a crashing chorus that sounds right out of the 1960s. The wave of instrumentals verge on overpowering the listener, but drop out just in time to let jeremy messersmith’s delicate vocals provide breathing room.