Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
Carly Rae Jepsen "This Kiss"
“This Kiss” is the official second single from Jepsen’s upcoming U.S. debut album, Kiss. While not nearly as catchy as the ubiquitous “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen and her production team were smart in crafting a follow-up single that sounds like it was taken straight out of the ’80s. While not groundbreaking, “This Kiss” is a believable next step in Jepsen’s career trajectory. Expect to hear this nonstop.
Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay-Z "Clique"
The latest track from the upcoming GOOD Music compilation does not stray far from previously released singles. Likewise, the song does not compare to anything on last year’s Watch the Throne. The beat is too bombastic. West and Jay give decent, but otherwise unremarkable, performances. Ultimately, Big Sean steals the show with a verse that saves “Clique” from being forgettable.
Taylor Swift "Ronan"
“Ronan” is the story of a young boy who died of a cancer at the age of three. Written by Swift and the boy’s mother, the song has been released as a charity single with all proceeds going to Stand Up 2 Cancer. Once again, Swift proves that she is a master storyteller, giving heartfelt and touching vocals that are haunting. “Ronan” is one of Swift’s best songs to date.