"Enemy"

On this resplendently downcast avant-R&B come-on, Toronto singer-producer Abel Tesfaye whispers abstract-horndog disclosures ("I'm just tryin' to make you come without a word") over water-torture piano, slammed-door snares and neon-Eighties guitar kink. The codeine-android backing vocals quote the Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want," and that pretty much nails it – the no-filter intensity of Morrissey, the lonely-planet austerity of C-3PO.

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From The Archives Issue 1170: November 22, 2012
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