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Singles and Albums: April 12, 2013

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SINGLES
CHRIS BROWN
”Fine China”
For his next trick, Breezy out-JTs Timberlake with a fizzy combination of Off the Wall-era Michael and modern electro-R&B fuzz. His reedy croon doesn’t especially boost his likability (nor, of course, does his personal life), but Brown surfs these buttery grooves better than just about all of his contemporaries. A-Kyle Anderson

KE$HA
”Dancing With the Devil”
Who knew that when the world gained a Day-Glo pop hedonist, it lost a pretty great Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover-band frontwoman? Ke$ha makes her best Karen O-face for this overdrive-addled rock stomper about ”dirty gold” love, throwing whiskey-throated screams over a beat bouncy enough to get Satan tapping a cloven hoof. B+Adam Markovitz

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. NELLY
”CRUISE”
The duo’s No. 1 country smash gets the requisite glossy pop remix, complete with a rap verse courtesy of Nelly and new vocals courtesy of Auto-Tune. The changes don’t add much, but ”Cruise” is still a sun-up, windows-down delight. A-Grady Smith

ALBUMS
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
10
Their lead single, ”Remix (I Like The),” isn’t much of an indication of the rest of the album, an effort largely filled with breathy, elevator-ready ballads and jazzy uptempo ditties that never quite reach their potential. One notable exception: ”Jealous (Blue),” a piano-laced love note delivered in a seriously smoky wail. B-Tanner Stransky

KURT VILE
Wakin on a Pretty Daze
The Philly stoner-folk hero has made some dark albums, all tangled up in bluesy finger-picking and half-murmured promises to ”punch the future in the face.” But his fifth one feels light as smoke, with happily strummed melodies that drift past the eight-minute mark. Play it during your next ayahuasca trip — but only if it’s a good one. B+ — Melissa Maerz

TYLER, THE CREATOR
Wolf
Since his buzzy 2010 debut, Odd Future’s Tyler has been eclipsed by both Grammy-winning pal Frank Ocean and a bevy of co-opting MCs. Rather than reclaim his place, Wolf’s disengaged haunted-house funk plods joylessly through empty rage and squirmy homophobia. C-Kyle Anderson