Adam Markovitz and Nick Catucci
September 13, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Coldplay, ”Atlas”
Coldplay have chosen the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack as the vessel for their first new song in two years — but it’s hard to imagine a tribute being all that pumped to receive a battlefield parachute containing this forlorn ballad. ”I’ll carry your woooorld,” Chris Martin sings, sounding wearier than even Atlas (never mind an amply rested rock star) has any right to be. And the poky rock beat that lurches in after a couple minutes is a sore substitute for a climax — in fact, it’s more of a shrug. C+Nick Catucci

Celine Dion, ”Loved Me Back To Life”
The Prime Minister of Power Balladry is back in office with her first English-language single since 2008, and it’s — you guessed it — another titanic whopper of a pop aria. The melody and lyrics are forgettable, but Celine’s voice will go on: At 45, she can still deadlift a high note better than pop-squeaks half her age. BAdam Markovitz

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