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July 30, 2014 by Dusk411
Trey Songz

Na Na

Album: Trigga

Year: 2014


               Trey Songz only cares about getting laid by attractive women in the  blatant “Na Na.”


       In the intro, calculating synths open the single, setting a secretive tone. Songz tries to get everyone into his single and namedrops the producer, DJ Mustard and the his new album title. (“Pu...
July 29, 2014 by Dusk411
Tove Lo

Habits (Stay High)

Album: Truth Serum

Year: 2013


        Tove Lo is on a downward spiral after a breakup in the rueful “Habits (Stay High).”


         She oh’s over deadened synths, setting a gray tone.


        A bowl of macaroni and cheese rests on her stomach. In between bites, she takes a hit of the joint The kno...
July 28, 2014 by Dusk411
Becky G


Album: TBA

Year: 2014


         Becky G just found out her crush likes her in the  flaccid  “Shower.”


          Begging strings open the single and then flip right to bumping synths, setting a halting tone. She presses the button on her iPod again to replay the song. It reminds her of how her crush looks at her. Today, he asked her about how ...
July 27, 2014 by Dusk411

We R Who We R

Album: Cannibal

Year: 2010


          Kesha includes all types of people to hang out with her in the adaptive “We R Who We R.”


            Quivering synths open the single, setting an uncertain tone. One of her friends introduces her girlfriend to the group. She puts her down and waves. Kesha slaps the seat next to her and complimen...
July 27, 2014 by Dusk411


Album: N/A

Year: 2011


            Etta James believes something great is about to happen to her in the lively “Levels.”


           The blithesome synths twirl, enjoying every moment of life, setting a promising tone.

  The synths hush for the Etta James 1962 sample of ...
July 26, 2014 by Dusk411


Album: Hideaway

Year: 2014


           Kiesza’s relationship with her boyfriend keeps her together in the trendy “Hideaway.”


            Minimal synths open the single, preparing for the peak hour.  In the parking lot, she sees her boyfriend waiting for her.  All the stress leaves her body as she walks to the car. S...
July 25, 2014 by Dusk411
Ed Sheeran


Album: x

Year: 2014


            A girl pulls the rug from underneath Ed Sheeran in the  eye-popping           “Don’t.”


          Suave synths open the single, setting a stinging tone. He should’ve trusted his instincts after his ex starting flirting with him last...
July 23, 2014 by Dusk411

Thank You

Album: Thank You

Year: 2012


        Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller thumb their nose at the adults in power in the misguided “Thank You.”


           A bratty guitar opens the single, setting a belligerent tone.  Kelley dedicates the songs to the teenagers in high school who felt ignored and dropped out, the young women who w...
July 21, 2014 by Dusk411
Kelis & Too Short


Album: Kelis Was Here

Year: 2006


        Kelis wants some recognition for being on trend in the  aching  “Bossy.”


        A monochromatic beat opens the single, setting a modish tone.  In the intro, she tells everyone she doesn’t care what they think of her. However, she isn’t some disposable teenage pop star princess. She&rsq...
July 20, 2014 by Dusk411

Long Way 2 Go

Album: Cassie

Year: 2006


         Cassie puts the aggressive guys in their place in the stiff  “Long Way 2 Go.”


            Mousy synths open the single, setting a plain tone.  The nerve of some guys irks her. She was talking with a guy at a party. All of sudden, he went behind her and started rubbing her shoulders. She propp...
July 20, 2014 by Dusk411
Mulberry Lane


Album:  Run Your Own Race

Year: 1999


          Heather Rizzuto’s short fuse causes problems with her boyfriend in the              poisonous “Harmless.”


              Overly gracious synths open the single, setting a manipulative tone. Rizzuto ...
July 19, 2014 by Dusk411

Cool Kids

Album: Talking Dreams

Year: 2014


    Sydney Sierota has sympathy for the outsiders in the  yearning  “Cool Kids.”


         A mediative guitar opens the single, setting a faraway tone.   Sierota sees a girl sitting on a bench alone in the common area of the high school. She sees the popular girls in her class, walking together, matching each other step by s...
July 18, 2014 by Dusk411
Ingrid Michaelson

Girls Chase Boys

Album: Lights Out

Year: 2014


          Ingrid Michaelson can longer tolerate the mind games in relationships in the              well-adjusted “Girls Chase Boys.”


             Nonchalant synths open the single, setting a composed tone.  In the...
July 17, 2014 by Dusk411


Album: Evacuate The Dancefloor

Year: 2009


            Natalie Horler lets her down her guard for her crush in the fiery “Fever.”


            Bombastic synths open the single, setting a dominating tone.  Her driver lets her know she is at the club. She tells him thanks and heads towards the back door. A guy spots her, calli...
July 16, 2014 by Dusk411
Madden Brothers

We Are Done

Album: Greetings from California

Year: 2014


            Joel Madden has had enough of something or someone in the malleable  “We Are Done.”


           A cushy guitar opens the single, setting a pacific tone. Madden tells his friend that’s it. He looks to his brother and he says “we’re leaving.&rd...