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.
In this week’s column we review Ariana Grande’s latest independence anthem, Lana Del Rey’s moody new single and The Chemical Brothers’ creepy rave song. Check them out!
Ariana Grande – 7 Rings
I would have never imagined that Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” would sample the iconic “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound Of Music” and give it a 21st century materialistic spin. Following her success with “Thank U, Next” and “Imagine,” Grande — now the world’s number one pop star — returns with something completely new that’s still optimistic, though colder and edgier than her previous songs. “7 Rings” is a pop anthem with a heavy hip hop influence that allows Ariana’s vocals and diction to shine — a jarring listen that gels really well after you give it a chance. It’s a melodious and empowering song that’s equally fun whether you’re on the treadmill or in the club.
Lana Del Rey – hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it
“Norman Fucking Rockwell,” Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album, is set for release in March. As with this tune, the album is looking more and more like a thoughtful and strange experiment, with lyrics and songs that meander and last well over five minutes. Somehow, the songs never overstay their welcome or run out of things to say. The three singles that have been released complement each other perfectly, showing off Del Rey’s impressive songwriting skills and her willingness to try new melodies and beats with each album. Despite the different tones on each of her records, Del Rey is set in her ways, always addressing the same themes, something that critics have pointed out. Still, I can’t think of another pop star that’s so unapologetic and who does what she does.
The Chemical Brothers – MAH
The Chemical Brothers have experienced many evolutions since they first started making music, but they’re always at their most fun when they go dark. “MAH” is a disturbing experience, filled with random laughter and jarring sounds, yet this never stops you from wanting to jump around your room. The music video, which is just as creepy as the song, shows footage of one of their concerts in London. “MAH” is slated to appear on their upcoming album “No Geography,” which will be released this spring.