Reviewed: Britney Spears' 'Uber-Disco' New Hit; Avril Lavigne's Introspective 'Goodbye Lullabye' and More

Plus: Stream new music from R.E.M., Lupe Fiasco, Kurt Vile, Elvis Presley, Ellie Goulding, the Script, Timbaland and the Dropkick Murphys

March 8, 2011 10:45 AM ET
Reviewed: Britney Spears' 'Uber-Disco' New Hit; Avril Lavigne's Introspective 'Goodbye Lullabye' and More

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan praises Britney Spears' latest single "Till the World Ends," a "ginormously pumping uber-Euro uber-disco" track penned by Ke$ha with Max Martin and Dr. Luke. Will Hermes gives high marks to Kurt Vile's "warmly psychedelic" new album Smoke Ring for My Halo, and says that Elvis Presley is so hot on the new reissue of Elvis Is Back that he could convert a nunnery. Also, Jody Rosen appreciates the subtle sexiness of Ellie Goulding's Lights and the surprising tenderness of Avril Lavigne's Goodbye Lullabye. 


Avril Lavigne - Goodbye Lullabye (stream one song)

Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back! (Legacy Edition) (stream two songs)

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo (stream one song)

Ellie Goulding - Lights (stream one song)

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers (stream one song)

R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now (stream full album)

Middle Brother - Middle Brother (stream one song)

Darlene Love - The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene (stream two songs)

Tristen - Charlatans At the Garden Gate (stream two songs)

Blaqstarr - Divine (EP) (stream one song)

The Script - Science & Faith (stream one song)

The Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style (stream one song)


Britney Spears "Till the World Ends" (stream)

Timbaland featuring Brandy "808" (stream)

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