September 26, 2013
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 21:09
1. Pearl Jam, "Sirens"
One of America’s most enduring rock bands is back with “Sirens,” featuring strong mid-tempo work and some of the best lyrics in modern rock—the song deals with things not lasting forever. The song fails when Vedder experiments with his higher range, which is considerably weaker than his baritone. Stick to what works, Eddie. It has for 20 years.
2. AFI, "17 Crimes"
AFI has seen continual change, beginning as hardcore punks, later experimenting with electronica and pop-rock. Surprisingly, the second single from their first album in four years would seemingly combine two of their past styles—punk and alternative rock—to make a fast-paced, catchy single with a Bonnie and Clyde theme true to their dark aesthetic.
3. Mike WiLL Made-It feat. Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J, "23"
Busy twerking and tongue exposing in recent weeks, Miley Cyrus interestingly elevates the song’s chorus. “23” suffers instead from Mike WiLL Made-It’s unoriginal rhymes and general lack of flow. It is because of Cyrus that the song is one that I wouldn’t mind dancing to in a crowded, sweaty eight-man or mod. But please, girls, no twerking.