Singles: May 4, 2012 |


Singles: May 4, 2012

Reviews of the latest songs from Nelly Furtado, Soundgarden, and more

Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, ”Payphone”
M5’s catchy pop kiss-off is probably super-fun for everyone but the girl Voice-meister Adam Levine is breaking up with. Consider his expletive-studded farewell a response to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ”Call Me Maybe”: Sorry, Carly — these dudes have changed their numbers. B+Ray Rahman

Nelly Furtado, ”Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)”
Everyone else wants to talk about sex, but the Artist Formerly Known as Ms. ”Promiscuous” (oh, how we miss you, 2006!) just wants to dance — especially if she gets to wear her oversize earrings to the club. Producer Rodney ”Darkchild” Jerkins adorns his glitchy temple of drums with Furtado’s sexy-cyborg intonations and velvety fountains of keyboard foam. A-Kyle Anderson

Soundgarden, ”Live to Rise”
Good news, Dave Grohl; you don’t have to carry the radio-rock mantle all by yourself anymore. Chris Cornell’s old crew break their 15-year silence with a rubbery serving of meat and potatoes for the Avengers soundtrack, though the song does win points for putting half-minute guitar freak-outs back on the dial. B-Ray Rahman

David Guetta feat. Sia, ”Titanium”
Originally attached to both Katy Perry and Mary J. Blige, this synth-mad empowerment anthem was eventually snagged by Aussie indie-pop star Sia, who’s already taken it top 10 in 15 countries. Her lovely, expressive voice might teach dance-robot Guetta what actual human emotions sound like, but it’s not quite enough to save the generic house beat from oontz-oontz-oontz-ing its way toward mediocrity. B-Melissa Maerz

Fiona Apple, ”Every Single Night”
Apple’s first new song in seven years (from her upcoming The Idler Wheel…) begins as a pretty music-box hymn, then builds with all the tribal-drum ferocity of a Native American warrior song. ”I just want to feel everything,” she croons. And you can hear her feeling everything, right down to the ”butterflies in my brain.” B+Melissa Maerz