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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...
July 15, 2014 by Dusk411
Nicki Minaj & Lil’ Wayne

High School

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up

Year: 2013


            Nicki Minaj rehabilitates her boyfriend after his recent prison release in the choppy  “High School.”


       Glinting synths open the single, setting a serene tone. He takes a bottle of vodka and hands her one of her own. After he turns his back a...
July 14, 2014 by Dusk411
Sheryl Crow

What I Can Do For You

Album: Tuesday Night Music Club

Year: 1993


      Sheryl Crow recalls a time she was propositioned by a producer in the  incisive       “What I Can Do For You.”


          A glib guitar opens the single, setting a smarmy tone. She flips over on the bed, looking at the wall. He props his arm up on the bed and tells ...
July 13, 2014 by Dusk411

3000 Miles

Album: Nothing To Lose

Year: 2013


           Drew Chadwick wants to return to his home in Illionis in the dusty  “3000 Miles.”


         A morose piano opens the single, setting a disheartened tone.  He wraps a blanket around him. The air  conditioning has been on all day and it’s too hot to go outside. At home, it’s...
July 13, 2014 by Dusk411
Katharine McPhee

Love Story

Album: Katharine McPhee

Year: 2007


            Katharine McPhee and her  male best friend get married in the formal           “Love Story.”


           A bridal band opens the single, setting a gathering tone. It was at her best friend’s older brother’s ...
July 12, 2014 by Dusk411
Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora

Black Widow

Album: The New Classic

Year: 2014


         Iggy Azalea ensure her ex-boyfriend won’t ever fall in lovee with anyone ever again in the  loathsome “Black Widow.”



        Leery synths open the single, setting a paranoid tone.  In the chorus, Rita Ora says he called her crazy. He’s about learn what crazy means...
July 11, 2014 by Dusk411
Ariana Grande & Zedd

Break Free

Album: My Everything

Year: 2014


           Ariana Grande decides to be on her own in the  confident “Break Free.”


          Sticking synths open the single, setting a needy tone.  With a box, she looks for her stuff in her boyfriend’s house. She finds some clothes and a DVD she left. Her boyfriend takes t...