Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 19:02
Billy Ray Cyrus "Hillbilly Heart"
This country radio release corresponding with Cyrus’s autobiography is another reason to find the man unappealing. “Hillbilly Heart” takes generic to new worlds with a second verse that self-references a grand total of six times in four lines, approximating an impressive 1:3 “country” to “other words” ratio. Country outsiders will find few redeeming qualities.
Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge “White Noise”
Even if you don’t recognize the ‘90s garage-house genre, you’ll recognize the noise in this electronica track that is simultaneously futuristic sounding and a nostalgic throwback. A rare example of raw synth done with an interesting flair, “White Noise” has a weird, European vibe that sets it apart from your regular assembly-line Beep-Boop Bop.
Lady Antebellum "Downtown"
More of the same from our fair Lady with this track, a slow and pining tune that leans almost entirely on Hilary Scott’s vocals for the verse. The lax, pop-Country sappiness continues until the chorus when the band uses their tried-and-true tactics: volume goes up, tempo quickens, acoustic guitar and background singing kick in. Seriously, you’ve already heard this song.