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song reviews

Snoop Dogg

"Wet"

7

Created for Prince William's bachelor party ("and all bachelor parties around the world to follow"), Snoop's new single is a bit of seductive minimalism that packs an R. Kelly album's worth of sex metaphors into four laid-back minutes: "Be my head coach," "I can give it to you rough, like a first draft," "I'm in between your lips, like a cigarette." Amusing stuff — but what would the Queen think?  Gallery: Random Notes, Rock's Hottest Photos | More »

December 23, 2010

Lil Wayne

"6 Foot 7 Foot"

8

Wayne's first post-prison single (which he cut for Tha Carter IV) suggests his teeming brain was eating itself during all that time alone: Rarely has the man sounded so virtuosically loopy. Over thick synth burble and a "Banana Boat Song" sample, he makes up for lost nooky ("Never met the bitch but I fuck her like I missed her") and sprays intense metaphysical graffiti all over: "Life is the bitch and death is the sister/Sleep is the cousin/What a fuckin' family picture." Gallery: ... | More »

December 21, 2010

R.E.M.

"Discoverer"

7

Peter Buck's psychedelic guitar intro gives a tantalizing taste of the new-model R.E.M. — like Jefferson Airplane circa Surrealistic Pillow covering Sonic Youth's "Eric's Trip." A track from the eagerly awaited Collapse Into Now (due in March), "Discoverer" has the widescreen presence of R.E.M. classics like New Adventures in Hi-Fi. But when Michael Stipe bellows, "Hey, baby, this is not a challenge," you don't believe it. Gallery: R.E.M., A History in Photos | More »

December 16, 2010

Kanye West

"Christmas In Harlem"

7

Kanye's tinsel-tinted stocking stuffer sounds uncharacteristically tossed-off, as if he's preoccupied with the Xmas shopping spree he says he's planning. But actual Harlem R&B hopeful Teyana Taylor offers warmth from the wind chill, eventually slipping into the comfy melody from the Brothers Johnson's "Strawberry Letter 23." And gruff-rapping Atlanta Santa CyHi Da Prynce promises presents for non-Christian kiddies, too — hauled in a Porsche-speed sleigh. ... | More »

December 15, 2010

Adele

"Rolling in the Deep"

7

With the follow-up to her Grammy-snagging 2008 album looming, this London pop-soul singer made a surprising choice for the disc's first single: "Rolling in the Deep" finds the 22-year-old in bluesy gospel mode, sounding powerful but not particularly pop. Starting with a stroked acoustic guitar, this breakup-mourning track builds to a stomping, hand-clapping climax that affirms the English knack for rejiggering the sound of American roots music. "I can't help feeling we could've... | More »

December 13, 2010

Paul Simon

"Getting Ready for Christmas Day"

8

"Got a nephew in Iraq/It's his third time back," sings Paul Simon, pondering the fate of a relative spending Christmas abroad. "Jingle Bells" this ain't. The first taste of his forthcoming LP is built around a 1941 sample of the Rev. J.M. Gates (from the gospel comp Goodbye, Babylon), and the end result recalls Simon's golden era, all warm tunefulness cut with mischief. "I may be layin' in some lonesome grave," laments the Reverend. Then Simon's sunny chorus chases th... | More »

December 10, 2010

Panda Bear

"Last Night at the Jetty"

7

The Animal Collective crooner evokes the sound of a woozy man stringing together bits of doo-wop at the bottom of a well, backed by wobbly synth, hand claps and the odd shriek. We'll have what he's having! | More »

December 8, 2010

Das Racist

"I'm Up on That"

7

These baked Brooklyn MCs got sophisticated since they stumbled into that Pizza Hut-Taco Bell: Moving into jazz rap, they spit witty rhymes — "Every Thanksgivin'/I'm killin'/A pilgrim" — while name-checking the D.C. sniper and Harry Nilsson. | More »

December 6, 2010

Pink

"Whataya Want From Me"

6

Pink's original recording of the hit she co-wrote for Adam Lambert reveals that Lambert's producers more or less replaced her voice with his. Lambert's desperation gives him the edge, but this would have fit well on any Pink album. | More »

December 3, 2010

Dr. Dre

"Kush"

4

The most amusing thing about the first single from Dre's long-gestating Detox album? Hearing Snoop claim he needs weed for his "cataracts." Otherwise, "Kush" is hookless, forgettable bud love. | More »

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Song Stories

“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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