7 Rings by Ariana Grande- I’m going to start this off by saying while I am an Ariana fan, I’m willing to be honest with her music. I’ve seen some accusations by other artists that she has ripped off their music. I haven’t heard the originals so I can’t comment on that. At first I liked the modern flexing version of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. I thought it was cheeky and knowing Ariana, wasn’t meant to be all that serious. When she started to rap is where it got cringy for me. Her voice just isn’t meant for that style of music. If this is someone’s introduction to Grande they would think she is stuck up and not that talented, which I wouldn’t blame them for thinking that. Definitely not her best work.
Keanu Reeves by Logic- Once again Logic has a really good flow. He is likable and knows how to rap about important topics. This confused me a bit though. He made fun of himself, which is nice, shows he can take a joke. He seems to understand the power that comes along with being famous. There is a part where he jokes about being the 1-800 guy. That song was important for so many people that I can’t tell whether he regrets making it or not. I think some clarification was needed. It’s not a bad track. I just want more from him.
Girl by Maren Morris- Lately, Maren has been delving into pop more so than country. This song is a perfect mixture of both genres. While I find the writing a bit lazy. Only because it focuses on tropes that we have heard a million times. I don’t think this will be a hit, but it’s not a flop either.
Almost (Sweet Music) by Hozier- Before listening, I have a gigantic crush on Hozier so I hope this doesn’t disappoint. Hozier’s voice once again sound amazing. Out of all the singles from his upcoming album this is my least favorite. “Nina Cried Power” and “Movement” are so soulful and powerful that this is kind of a let down. In this song he uses jazz song titles as the lyrics. He used this same kind of tactic in “Nina Cried Power” where it worked so much better. He’s still great though.
One Man Band by Old Dominion- The beat is…how do I describe it…sweet. It is nice, but it isn’t anything all that special. The same goes for the lyrics. It has all the ingredient for a country love song, but it doesn’t offer anything new. Whenever I have problems with country songs it is because of this exact thing. It’s bland and doesn’t offer any new perspective.
LBD by Becky G.- The autotune in the chorus is so bad. Becky G has a good voice so the need to autotune her this much is a problem. The trap influence and sound effects is random and unnecessary. It doesn’t work with her voice and vibe. The lyrics are about a girl and her little black dress that makes her feel her oats. Not a fan, yet, we’ll see.
7 Minutes by Dean Lewis- This is a nice song. The drums and guitar work well together and the production is good. The content is okay. I feel like I say this a lot but it’s nothing special. The chorus is kind of annoying, but other than that it’s fine.
Young by Parachute- I almost forgot this was a band. I used to hear them on the radio and then they just went away. This song isn’t representative of how I remember them. The lead vocals are just okay. The falsetto does not work at all. I hope to hear better music from them.
Left of Me by Caleb Lee Hutchinson- I remember this kid from American Idol. Wow his voice has gotten deeper. Or maybe I don’t exactly remember how deep his voice was but it sound different in my memory. The beginning guitar sounded like it was going to be a southern rock song, but it seems to shift in and out of that. The lyrics are about he was a bad boyfriend. It’s good to see that version instead of the girl being the problem. The only thing I’m thinking of is if he and Maddie broke up. That shows how little I actually care about this song.
If My Heart Had A Heart by Cassadee Pope- This song is about trying to move on from a relationship but your heart won’t let you. There are a ton of cliches throughout the song about stakes in hearts and other heart metaphors. Her voice sounds kind of squeaky, which makes the listening experience grating. The instrumentals don’t help much either.
Middle Child by J. Cole- This song is a tribute to the OG rappers and the new ones. He sees himself as being between the two generations. While his lyrics are good the first verse is really long and doesn’t offer any vocal variation. He sings on the refrain and chorus which definitely isn’t his strong suit. The beat is pretty static. I just wish that he offered more in terms of his vocals. Other than that this is a fine song.
Girls Have Fun by Tyga, G- Eazy, and Rich the Kid- This is the kind of rap that I can’t stand. It’s purely about a guy thinking that he is the best thing the world has to offer and sexualizes women to a point where they don’t seem real. Tyga sounds like Tyga. Take that how you will. Rich the Kid sounds like he has never rapped before. He doesn’t sound confident, and it’s really cringy. I mean the whole song is cringy but especially his verse. There are also ideas that are prevalent in music that I hate. It’s women who are into women being told by men to stop and have sex with them instead. I hate that so much. I just can’t with this.
This wasn’t a great week in terms of singles in my opinion. Most of the songs were bad, nothing special. If I had to pick a favorite it would be Almost (Sweet Music) It is a competent song with great vocals. It isn’t bad in any sense. My least favorite should be obvious, it’s Girls Have Fun by Tyga, G-Eazy, and Rich the Kid. I don’t need to explain myself do I?