Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
The Rolling Stones "Doom And Gloom"
This new track by the veteran rockers reaffirms their penchant for showing off killer riffs. It’s a punchy four-minute song, with stream-of-consciousness lyrics describing everything from a zombie shoot-up to the woes of wars, all tied together with the chorus, “All I see is doom and gloom.” It goes to show that the band’s tight musicianship is spectacularly undiminished after all these years.
Taylor Swift "State Of Grace"
T-Swift’s latest release from her upcoming album Red doesn’t break much new ground lyrically—it’s about young love and broken hearts and full of cliches like “You’re my Achilles’ heel”—but musically it’s a bit harder to classify. Neither country nor pop, the song finds Swift attempting to add more expansive soundscapes and layered voices to her sound, and the song builds nicely to a crescendo.
T.I. Feat. Lil Wayne "Ball"
T.I. tries to make a step back toward the limelight with this new single, which is unlikely to make much of a splash. The beat is not terribly memorable and the hook is lame, with T.I. monotonously intoning, “This club so packed / these hoes so drunk.” A verse by Lil Wayne doesn’t do much to spice things up, despite a good line about Donald Trump.