This week’s column features a new song from Tame Impala and new records from Selena Gomez and Eminem.
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’s music features new songs from three different kinds of giants: Tame Impala for the indie and cool crowd, Selena Gomez for the tweens and gays, and Eminem for… some people, I guess. Have a listen:
Tame Impala – Lost In Yesterday
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Tame Impala makes the kind of music where the songs blur together, no matter the album, lyrics, or instruments used. They’re all extremely similar to one another. While, as usual, they’re a hit because they’re fun and deliciously easy to listen to, it’d be great to hear the band stretch their limbs in terms of sound and songwriting. But that’s just me nitpicking, the song is still a good time.
Selena Gomez – Vulnerable
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After a crazy year in terms of news and health, Selena Gomez returns to the music scene with a new album. I personally think it’s her best yet, because it plays well to her strengths and shielding her from her weaknesses. “Vulnerable” is the best song on the record, showing off Gomez’ breathy vocals and quick diction, supported by a great beat and some sincere and thoughtful lyrics that although stray towards melodrama still manage to stick the landing.
Eminem – Darkness
As he did in 2018, Eminem surprise released this record and called it “Music To Be Murdered To.” Boasting a cover where he’s seen holding a shovel and wearing a fedora, Eminem doesn’t seem to have changed much. His songs feature personal, vulnerable and violent lyrics that mention shooters, at times calling out these tragedies by name in ways that range from edgy to tasteless depending on your level of tolerance. Despite the currency of the lyrics, Eminem feels like he belongs to a different time.