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Singles: July 20, 2012

Reviews of the latest songs from Pink, Kanye West, and more

Pink, ''Blow Me (One Last Kiss)''

This awesomely anthemic breakup song, produced by Kelly Clarkson collaborator Greg Kurstin, is the crazy-drunk BFF to ''Since U Been Gone.'' It also comes with a NSFW warning. Memo to men out there: If you don't want to be called out for um...performance issues, don't break up with Pink. B+Melissa Maerz

Kanye West feat. Pusha T, ''New God Flow''

Uh-oh: Yeezy's getting religious on us again. Eight years after ''Jesus Walks,'' he revisits biblical themes, blessing us with blasphemous lines like ''Did Moses not part water with the cane/Did strippers not make an arc when I made it rain?'' Pusha tries too hard, but this is top-notch West — the man can rhyme ''aww, man'' with ''naww, man,'' and make it sound like Shakespeare. A-Ray Rahman

Blur, ''Under the Westway'' and ''The Puritan''

Released just in time for their Olympics-closing performance in London, this ragged one-two punch (the former a lovely ballad, the latter an agitated new-wave deconstruction) should earn them at least a silver — even from the surliest Russian judge. B+Kyle Anderson

Kelly Rowland feat. Lil Wayne, ''Ice''

Over a frosty keyboard trot, Rowland coos, ''You're like ice/Scorching me.'' Wayne's verse is lukewarm, but her confident control over this kinky sex jam keeps the focus more on carnal desires, and less on potential frostbite. B+Kyle Anderson

Originally posted Jul 13, 2012 Published in issue #1216 Jul 20, 2012 Order article reprints
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