This Week’s Music is a weekly column that discusses the week’s 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’s column features Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s latest collaboration, Zara Larsson’s new pop song and Muna’s emotional “Who.” Have a listen!
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – Señorita
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s partnership dates back to 2015, with the unmemorable “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Both singers were at different points in their careers; Mendes wasn’t nearly as famous as he is now and Cabello was still attached to Fifth Harmony. “Senorita” is their second song together and it’s fun and summery, managing to stick to your brain after only one listen. The thing is that this isn’t 2015 anymore and Mendes and Cabello have grown into competent musicians. “Senorita” feels like we’re settling for less.
Zara Larsson – All the Time
Sampling Daft Punk’s “Doin’ it Right” is a bold, bold move, but I don’t really mind it. Of course the original is better, but Larsson’s “All the Time” gives it an appropriate pop-like twist, resulting in a song that’s infectious and bright. There’s a lot of pop singers out there, with a large percentage of them standing out due to their highly individualized sounds and looks. Larsson is not the most distinct of the bunch, blending a little into the background, but she’s still there with songs that are more than up to the task.
Muna – Who
Muna is a band that has accomplished a lot since 2015, when they first rose to notoriety. After the release of their first album in 2017, the band toured with Harry Styles and got some really positive reviews from critics. This year, they’ve released two songs from their upcoming album, with “Who” being the most emotional one of them. Muna is a band that’s still discovering their sound but one that always manages to be fun, political and personal, a feat in today’s industry when everything feels so fabricated and mathematical. It’s hard not to get swept up by the hype that surrounds them.