March seems to be looking like the month of mediocre pop. There have been quite a few debut singles, which on the whole tend to be more commercially targeted than subsequent singles or non-single tracks, so that could explain it.
RaeLynn's newest single is sure to cause controversy (what song by her hasn't these days?) and relies a little too heavily on gender stereotypes (for a girl, I'm pretty cool, calm and collected, but again, not surprising considering previous songs released by her). It's been turned into a catchy love song with crisp production, and is definitely an improvement in production and lyrics over a lot of the songs on her January EP like Boyfriend and Better Do It. Hopefully this is the lead single of her debut album, and it'll be announced soon.
Blue Skies, the debut single from Lenka's fourth album, hasn't really changed much from her general style in production or lyrics. This single has lost the lullaby-esque feel of her previous album, Shadows, which I'm personally happy with because I think one one lullaby album is enough. Her album isn't due to be released until July, which s a bit disappointing, but I can handle it and there have certainly been longer waits for fans of her. Unique, notably, has been pulled from iTunes, so I wonder if it won't be released on her fourth album.
First of all, yay, finally new music from Carly Rae Jepsen! Second of all, I really really really don't like this single. (You have all seen my problems with repetitive songwriting in previous posts.) Jepsen has recruited Max Martin and Jack Antonoff, both collaborators of Taylor Swift on her latest album 1989, for her third studio album. In interviews, she's stated that she's going for 90's-esque music, so it's looking more and more like she's trying to rip off Taylor Swift (which no one can do.) I wish she'd do more folk-y music again, but if she doesn't, I at least hope for some solid pop tracks on her upcoming album like Curiosity and Good Time.
The debut single from these former X-Factor contestants isn't a surprise at all. It's a typical boy band plea to a hot girl to date him, that any teen girl can insert herself into due to its lack of detail. Maybe these guys are going to be the new One Direction since Zayn quit?
This song is one of the many March pop releases, but is an absolute delight. Bean's voice is super expressive, and there are some clever lyrics. I enjoyed both this single and her debut EP quite a lot.
There are some nice lyrics in this song, better lyrics than in Must Be Love. It's a pretty typical breakup song, but is a lot more electronic. Apparently Christina Grimmie is working on a remix album next, so that'll be interesting.
The new lead single from Kacey Musgrave's second studio album displays the traditional wit of her other songs such as Follow Your Arrow, Step Off and The Trailer Song, but, as many people have already pointed out, sounds quite a lot like Follow Your Arrow. I doubt it'll be enough to drive anyone away from her music, though, and she's proved to be pretty original in her previous album, so I don't think a somewhat unoriginal single will be much of a problem for her.
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