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 column features three very different performers all doing their thing within their own genres. Jenny Lewis is back with a country ballad, Wet releases a new indie song, and Avril Lavigne shows us her new pop weirdness. Check them out!
Jenny Lewis – Heads Gonna Roll
Jenny Lewis’ latest single leans heavily into the country genre, taking a different direction than her more upbeat “Redbull & Hennessy.” With picturesque lyrics, Lewis’ soothing voice and Ringo Starr on the drums, there’s no room for the song to mess up, delivering a powerful and emotional ballad that stands up to Lewis’ best work. Her upcoming album “On The Line” will be released this March and is shaping up to be a successful combination of old school genres.
Wet – Old Bone
Wet is always pushing themselves to new limits, making interesting music that always stays with you, even hours after you listen to them. “Old Bone” is slow, with a striking guitar and Kelly Zutrau singular voice. The band’s lyrics tend to be strange, sometimes funny and always real. Although there’s no date for their new album, the singles that have been released over the last couple of months are strong, promising exciting things for the band’s future.
Avril Lavigne – Dumb Blonde (Ft. Nicki Minaj)
There are few things that depress me more than Avril Lavigne’s career. What started off as an inspiring take on the punk genre ended up as one of the strangest versions of bubblegum pop imaginable. Not even Nicki Minaj is capable of lifting up this dud of a song. “Dumb Blonde” aims to be inspiring and empowering, maybe a swing at the Me Too era, but it lands far off the mark and results in Lavigne’s worst song in decades. That’s a really high bar.