dysFUNctional - Maddy Newton
Country artist Maddy Newton's first single to be released on iTunes is fun, describing a relationship between two polar opposites. Some of the rhymes seem a little forced, but overall the song is great and makes me excited to hear new music from her. If you like this song, it's also worth checking out one of her SoundCloud releases, Pretty Thing.
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
"Dangerous Woman" is a relief, much of a more substantial song than Focus and frankly, more substantial than most of what she's released lately. She shouldn't have to prove herself politically just because she's a pop star, but this song probably will prove her as a feminist, regardless of what people like to say about her.
Chronic - Phoebe Ryan
Phoebe Ryan continues her wanting-love-but-also-not-wanting-it theme with her latest single Chronic. It feels genuine, and is a better track than Dead from her debut EP.
Mascara - Megan Nicole
"I'm taking [control] back" Megan Nicole sings on her latest single, and she's definitely doing it. With her latest music, she's found her place in pop music without a label. Mascara is confident and catchy, and although it's not for everyone, that's OK and she knows it is.
NO - Meghan Trainor
Meghan Trainor's gotten worse. In attempting to appeal to die-hard feminist fans after her disastrous comments about eating disorders, she's lost her style but retained the worst aspect of her old music — the repetitive, annoying choruses. NO could be considered empowering, and it sounds like it's written to seem empowering, but songs like Cher Lloy'ds "MFPOTY" (a song I thoroughly enjoy) do the same thing much better.
Girl Next Door - Brandy Clark
Brandy Clark's already released an album called "12 Stories", but her latest single is her story, not someone else's. It's a little reminiscent of Kacey Musgraves' music (unsurprising, as she's written with her), but does establish her as a unique person in country music.
Work From Home - Fifth Harmony
"Work From Home" does pop right, and although not all listeners are going to like the sexual themes of the song, it will appeal to the people who already like Fifth Harmony. It's better than a lot of the songs on their debut album, especially Worth It, being much more structured.
Came Here To Forget - Blake Shelton
It's pretty obvious from the end of the first chorus that this track is about Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani's meeting. Blake Shelton's vocals work well on this song, but the song as a whole seems a bit like a publicity stunt (wonder why) despite being a decent song.
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