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January 23, 2015 by Dusk411
Ashley Parker Angel

Let U Go

Album: Soundtrack of Your Life

Year: 2006

 

            Ashley Parker Angel sees his relationship for what it is in the indifferent          “Let U Go.”

 

           Irate guitars open the single, setting a disgruntled tone.    His phone rings. He wonders what&rs...
January 21, 2015 by Dusk411
Maroon 5

Sugar

Album: V

Year: 2015

 

               Adam Levine is in the goofy, honeymoon stage of love in the efferverscent        “Sugar.”

 

                 Winsome synths open the single, setting an adorable tone. She hasn’t answered any of his texts. He wonder...
January 20, 2015 by Dusk411
Ellie Goulding

Love Me Like You Do

Album: Fifty Shades of Grey sdtk

Year: 2015

 

             Ellie Goulding is in love in the delightful “Love Me Like You Do.”

 

             Shy synths open the single and swell, setting a burgeoning tone. Her lover can give her the perfect day and with one sour word, he can take it away. He is in wit...
January 18, 2015 by Dusk411
John Newman

Out of My Head

Album: Tribute

Year: 2014

 

           John Newman is numb after a breakup in the downhearted  “Out of My Head.”

 

              An anxious piano opens the single, setting a damaging tone. He has no idea what to put on the end table. There are some empty spots on the wall, where pictures used to hang. He hasn...
January 17, 2015 by Dusk411
Calvin Harris & Ellie Goulding

Outside

Album: Motion

Year:  2014

 

                Ellie Goulding hangs onto a dying relationship in the explorative            “Outside.”

 

                Soul searching synths open the single, setting a refle...
January 16, 2015 by Dusk411
Becky G

Can’t Stop Dancin’

Album: TBA

Year: 2014

 

              Becky G gets really into the music in the subdued  “Can’t Stop Dancin’.”

 

                    Mousy synths open the single, setting an He puts her hands on her lips and she throws her head back, her hai...
January 14, 2015 by Dusk411
Gavin Rossdale

Love Remains the Same

Album: WANDERlust

Year: 2008

 

          Wondering about a lost love has broken Gavin Rossdale in the tearful  “Love Remains The Same.”

 

           A restless guitar opens the single, setting a doleful tone.  He turns his head, watching the flash of a person walk by. Her height, length and color of hair stops her...
January 13, 2015 by Dusk411
Poison

Fallen Angel

Album: Open Up and Say…Aah!

Year: 1988

 

                 Bret Michaels remembers a young woman he once knew in the                 pleasing “Fallen Angel.”

 

                A strong-willed guit...
January 12, 2015 by Dusk411
Fefe Dobson

Stuttering

Album: Joy

Year: 2010

 

              Fefe Dobson breaks up with her boyfriend in the attention-seeking            “Stuttering.”

        

             Stagy strings open the single, setting an overwrought tone.  To...
January 11, 2015 by Dusk411
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley

Leather And Lace

Album: Bella Donna

Year: 1981

 

             Stevie Nicks and Don Henley figure who they are to each other in the complex             “Leather and Lace.”

 

                  A blissful guitar opens the sin...
January 9, 2015 by Dusk411
The Breeders

Cannonball

Album: Last Splash

Year: 1993

 

            Kim Deal is attracted to a bad boy in the excellent  “Cannonball.”

 

              A sly guitar riff opens the single, setting a chic tone. She’s going to have to go to extraordinary lengths to get her crush’s attention. She slaps on some leather and p...
January 7, 2015 by Dusk411
Ingrid Michaelson

Afterlife

Album: Lights Out

Year: 2014

 

           Ingrid Michaelson believes life is a gift in the  cold   “Afterlife.”

 

                 Uplifting synths open the single, setting a bouncy tone. She invites her friend to go out for a night of karoake. Her friend shakes her head no. She had ...
January 5, 2015 by Dusk411
Usher & Juicy J

I Don’t Mind

Album: 2014

Year: UR

 

              Usher is perfectly happy with his stripper girlfriend in the exploitive  “I Don’t Mind.”

 

                   Simple synths open the single, setting a cheap tone.  In the intro, Usher states it’s his song...
January 4, 2015 by Dusk411
Sam Smith

Like I Can

Album: In the Lonely Hour

Year: 2014

 

            Sam Smith knows his boyfriend won’t ever be to able to replace him in the             forthright “Like I Can.”

 

             A placid guitar opens the single, setting a rueful tone. His boyfriend’s...
January 3, 2015 by Dusk411
Ella Henderson

Ghost

Album: Chapter One

Year: 2014

 

       Memories of Ella Henderson’s last relationship pop up in her mind constantly in the              “Ghost.”

 

              Triumphant synths open the single, setting a battle-worn tone. In the chorus, she folds her hands and asks Go...