Singles: September 13, 2013 |


Singles: September 13, 2013

Reviews of new songs from Miley Cyrus and Paul McCartney

Travie McCoy Feat. Jason Mraz, ”Rough Water”
Is it possible that the Gym Class Heroes frontman just got around to seeing Titanic? McCoy casts himself as a bro Jack spitting devotional rhymes at his Rose while Mraz coos brightly. It’s ideal Celine Dion counterprogramming — 16 years too late. B-Kyle Anderson

Miley Cyrus, ”Wrecking Ball”
One look at the title and you’ll know that everything about this ’80s-scented power ballad — the pipes, the drama, the chorus — is big. Like ”We Can’t Stop,” it’s a monster, but in a different way: more soaring strings than string bikinis. ”It slowly turned, you let me burn/And now, we’re ashes on the ground,” she cries. We can’t lie: We kind of like Sad Miley. B+Ray Rahman

Paul McCartney, ”New”
After stretching into jazz standards and borderline proggy experiments, returning to old-school ways might seem like a concession of defeat. Unless, of course, your name is Paul McCartney, your résumé includes a couple little collector’s items called Abbey Road and Revolver, and your new single bubbles and harmonizes like a lost Fab Four classic. A-Kyle Anderson