Wednesday, December 7, 2022

This Week’s Music: Alicia Keys, Diplo And Tegan And Sara

Alicia Keys and Miguel deliver their much anticipated collaboration, Diplo and the Jonas Brothers band together, and Tegan and Sara release a new album.

This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the weeks’ best, worst, and most interesting songs. We try to select songs of different artists and genres to keep things interesting and to please a variety of music fans.

This week, Alicia Keys and Miguel deliver their much anticipated collaboration, Diplo and the Jonas Brothers band together, and Tegan and Sara release a new album. Have a listen.

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Alicia Keys & Miguel – Show Me Love

A collaboration between Alicia Keys and Miguel sounds too good to be true, so it’s disappointing that “Show Me Love” is so… flat. The song, a throwback to romantic R&B ballads, is about sex I guess, but there’s not much going on aside from the obviously impressive vocals from both performers. There’s no depth there, no romance, just a song that kind of works because of who’s singing.

Diplo & Jonas Brothers – Lonely

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If you didn’t know that Diplo livestreamed Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner’s wedding, well, now you know, because there’s a 2:30 minute music video detailing the whole thing. Using cheap knock off lyrics and a production that was cool during the early aughts, “Lonely” will surely be a hit just because it’s Diplo and the Jonas Brothers. That’s kind of sad but that’s also what happens with 70% of pop music.

Tegan and Sara – Don’t Believe The Things They Tell You (They Lie)

Tegan and Sara are one of those bands that people love faithfully over the years. Being a staple of queer pop and rock music, listening to Tegan and Sara is like hanging out with old friends. Their new record is called “Hey, I’m Just Like You,” and it’s a curious experiment. The twins found some old songs that they wrote while in high school and decided to produce them now as adults. The result is a meta exercise that’s hopeful and melancholic and that appeals to old and new fans. Although the lyrics are raw, young and filled with anguish, the production is layered and glossy. Cliche as it may be, life does get better out of high school.

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