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October 1, 2014 by Dusk411
Joss Stone

You Had Me

Album: Mind Body and Soul

Year: 2004


           Joss Stone leaves her drug addicted boyfriend in the  willful “You Had Me.”


            An assured guitar opens the single, setting a decisive tone.  Part of the chorus opens the single. She says at one time, she would’ve married him. Looking at him, now, t...
September 30, 2014 by Dusk411
No Doubt

Looking Hot

Album: Push and Shove

Year: 2012


           Gwen Stefani puts all her energy into her appearance in the limited  “Looking Hot.”


             Confused synths open the single but any thinking is drowned out by now thundering synths, setting a witless tone. She checks the right side of the street. It’s clear. She...
September 29, 2014 by Dusk411

Harlem Shake

Album: N/A

Year: 2012


        Baauer harkens back to a long gone dance era of the early 90s in the          underwhelming “Harlem Shake.”


     A a male voice says “con los terroristas,” from Hector Delgado’s “Malades” and then taut beat pounds the synth. It sets a grating tone.


September 28, 2014 by Dusk411
Samantha Fox

Hold On Tight

Album: Touch Me

Year: 1986


           Samantha Fox promises a memomorable first date with her crush in the nostalgic           “Hold On Tight.”


               Fox puts her hands over his eyes and asks him if he’s ready over a jaunty guitar, setting a...
September 27, 2014 by Dusk411
Lana Del Rey

Video Games

Album: Born To Die

Year: 2011


          Lana Del Rey has become a master manipulator of men in the  docile  “Video Games.”


          Yielding strings open the single, setting a morose tone. She pushes harder on the swing and her feet almost touch the tree. Her father opens the porch door and says her boyfriend is here. She run...
September 26, 2014 by Dusk411
Motley Crue

Girls, Girls, Girls

Album: Girls, Girls, Girls

Year: 1987


          Vince Neil frequents strip clubs all over in the world in the sleazy  “Girls, Girls, Girls.”


            A rugged guitar opens the single, setting a lewd tone. He flips off a driver attempting to make a left. The driver lays down his horn but he doesn’t care. Hi...
September 24, 2014 by Dusk411
Mr. Probz & Robin Schulz


Album: TBA

Year: 2014


                            Mr. Probz has a clear idea of what he needs to do in the affecting                “Waves.”


September 23, 2014 by Dusk411
Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea


Album: A.K.A.

Year: 2014


                   Jennifer Lopez has the aspirational body asset in the  canned                “Booty.”



          The chorus, a sample of Diplo & Switch’...
September 22, 2014 by Dusk411

A Sky Full of Stars

Album: Ghost Stories



            Chris Martin is smitten with his new love in the  enchanting  “A Sky Full of Stars.”


            An idealist piano opens the single, setting a picturesque tone.  He watches as she puts her coat on and brushes away some of her shoulders. His eyes soften and gli...
September 21, 2014 by Dusk411

Wait On Me

Album: TBA

Year: 2014


         Jake Roche tries to convince a girl to go out with him in the entitled  “Wait On Me.”



           An edited chorus opens the single along with huffy synths, setting a detached tone. He tells her he has her all figured out. There are some moves he would love to do to her. (“Wait on me/I know ho...
September 20, 2014 by Dusk411
Nick Jonas


Album: Nick Jonas

Year: 2014


        Nick Jonas micromanages his relationship in the  paranoid “Jealous.”


         Flossy synths open the single, setting a slick tone. The guy won’t stop staring at her. Ever since he sat down, he has locked his on his girlfriend. It doesn’t help that she’s looking back. at him, either. He puts his cof...
September 19, 2014 by Dusk411
Mary Lambert


Album: Heart On My Sleeve

Year: 2014


               Mary Lambert is unapologetic about her issues in the  plain-spoken                “Secrets.”


                 In the intro, over an affable guit...
September 18, 2014 by Dusk411
Janet Jackson

Black Cat

Album: Rhythm Nation 1814

Year: 1990


         Janet Jackson disapproves of her boyfriend’s new life of crime in the  mighty           “Black Cat.”


          A pointed cowbell and furious guitar open the single, setting a seething tone.  The police show her the search warrand. A...
September 17, 2014 by Dusk411
Toni Basil

Shoppin’ From A To Z

Album: Word of Mouth

Year: 1983


        Toni Basil goes to the grocery store to pick up some necessary items  in the odd            “Shoppin’ From A To Z.”



            Demanding synths open the single, setting a controlling tone.  A variation o...
September 16, 2014 by Dusk411
Kylie Minogue

Got To Be Certain

Album: Kylie

Year: 1988


            Kylie Minogue is cautious when it comes to sex in the reasonable “Got To Be Certain.”


               Easygoing synths open the single, setting a nonconfrontional tone.  In the chorus, she isn’t going to get sleep with with someone unless it’s ...