This week, it’s all about the ladies with a Beyonce remix, another banger from Demi Lovato and a surprise from Avril Lavigne.
Mi Gente is already one of the biggest songs of the year, but it’s about to set new records now that Beyonce is on the track. Much like Justin Bieber on Despacito, Beyonce seamlessly falls into the style of Mi Gente and compliments the song. She stays in a low register almost the entire track and sounds fantastic. Queen B announced all proceeds from the track will go to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the other affected Caribbean islands. Finally a charity single that doesn’t suck! 4/5
Demi Lovato continues to take her career in the right direction her newest material. Sorry Not Sorry was ok, but Tell Me You Love Me and Ruin the Friendship are great. The singer has morphed her sound into sultry R&B tinged pop and has never sounded better. Ruin the Friendship is a seductive song with Lovato wanting to take a friendship to the next level. The production and horns are spot on, while Lovato continues to prove her vocals are more than your average pop princess. 4/5
We’ve heard this song many times before from Pink. This time, it’s repackaged as a poppy Jack Antanoff produced tune. Beautiful Trauma is so calculating and over produced, any vocalist could be on it, which is a disservice to an artist who used to be known as a decent singer. It’s not horrible, but the subject matter has been done to death by Pink. We get it, you’re messy and dysfunctional in relationships. How many times can she repackage the same thing? It’ll get lots of radio play because of the formulaic structure, but it’s not a great song. 2/5
Upon first listen, I didn’t know who the featured vocalist on Wings Clipped was but I dug her voice. Turns out it’s Avril Lavigne and she’s never sounded better! The song gives off a 90s vibe in the best possible way, full of angsty lyrics with an upbeat sound. Avril has been laying low for quite some time, but this song is enough to remind everyone that the Complicated singer has a lot to bring to the table when connected with the right material. It’s worth noting the other vocalist on the track, Anthony Green matches Avril, giving a wonderful performance. Surprise song of the week! 4.5/5
Miley Cyrus released her anticipated album, Younger Now today. I Would Die For You is the antithesis to her wild persona on Bangerz released in 2013. It’s honest, folksy and unapologetically vulnerable. The romantic ballad sounds like it was written about fiance Liam Hemsworth. Longtime Miley fans will appreciate this return to the ‘girl next door’ song and album. Those who appreciate honesty and vulnerability will soon become fans of the ever evolving Cyrus. 3/5
Like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain released her new album today. Twain has been away from the spotlight for a long time and finally found her voice again. Let’s Kiss and Makeup sounds like vintage Twain with some beachy horns and a slight reggae vibe. It’s not groundbreaking by any means, but Twain still has an army of fans who will gladly accept mediocre music with open arms. 2.5/5