Singles: July 6, 2012 |


Singles: July 6, 2012

Reviews of the latest songs from Madonna, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City, ”Good Time”

I just met you/And this is crazy/But you’re the one song/That has a Canadian snowball’s chance in hell of pushing ”Call Me Maybe” out of my head. B+Henry Goldblatt

Mika feat. Pharrell Williams, ”Celebrate”

Half a decade has passed since he released his great, Queen-indebted romp ”Grace Kelly,” and it sounds like Mika’s running low on razzle-dazzle. Though this fizzy disco-pop single clearly aims to be the roller-skate jam of the summer, it’s not nearly as giddy as it should be. B-Melissa Maerz

Madonna, ”Turn on the Radio”

Her Madgesty’s latest single from MDNA commands us to crank up the FM station, but doesn’t give us much reason to. It’s flavor-free dance pabulum with vacant lyrics (”I want to escape/With a person just like you”) and a blasé vocal that would sound more at home on NPR. CAdam Markovitz

Ciara feat. 2Chainz, ”Sweat”

Double up on your deodorant, gym bunnies — Ciara serves up another fierce workout of stuttering crunk-and-blues bass lines and dance-floor commands. The ubiquitous 2Chainz’ guest verse rounds out the first taste of her upcoming One Woman Army. B+Nolan Feeney