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Justin Bieber's 'Confident,' U2's 'Ordinary Love,' and Evian Christ's 'Salt Carousel'

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Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Updated: Thursday, December 12, 2013 16:12

Justin Bieber feat. Chance the Rapper, "Confident"

Bieber concludes his 10-week, 10-song rollout with a minimally produced hip-hop track featuring industry newcomer Chance the Rapper, whose April mixtape Acid Rap has been met with high praise. “Confident” breaks no new ground, but it is a refreshing interruption in a two-month string of overproduced tracks released by Bieber.

U2, "Ordinary Love"

Isn’t this a Sade song? No, it’s not. It’s U2’s new song for the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack, on which the band manages to kept the echo-y guitar to a minimum and let Bono’s smooth tone and voice shine through on the high notes—even if what he’s saying doesn’t make much sense.  

Evian Christ, "Salt Carousel"

Christ, who collaborated with Kanye West on his massive Yeezus, finds his own wacky voice with an all-instrumental track that features steady but sudden drops of the bass and seeming glitches that sound like tires on the track, or perhaps, even distorted rap verse. No wonder Kanye wanted to work with him—the two are common in insanity.

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