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 Mark Ronson released his collaboration with Miley Cyrus, the Arctic Monkeys released a new single, and Rina Sawayama released a thoughtful and empowering pop song.
Mark Ronson – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Ft. Miley Cyrus)
“Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” fits neatly into Miley Cyrus’ country themed oeuvre. It’s one of her best songs, striking the right notes that play up to the singer’s strengths and sensibilities. The song, produced and co-written by Mark Ronson, allows Cyrus to shine and to show all of her best qualities: her raspy vocals, her love for her country roots and her flair and melodrama, resulting in a sprawling single that’s inspiring and fun. “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” is part of Mark Ronson’s latest untitled album — unofficially referred to as his “sad bangers” album — which features collaborations with King Princess, Lykke Li, and more. It’s one of 2019 most expected and exciting releases.
Arctic Monkeys – Anyways
“Anyways” is the B-side song from Arctic Monkey’s latest album “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” released back on May 2018. The single is a great B-side song, a slow burner that takes its time to unravel and that results in a wistful and thoughtful experience. “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino” was a controversial album, well received by critics but representing a departure from the band’s previous work and style. If their future work features songs like “Anyways,” the Arctic Monkeys are going to be just fine.
Rina Sawayama – Flicker
Rina Sawayama’s latest single is an anthem for all women of color, hiding underneath the gloss and shine of a pop song. “Flicker” uses the stereotypes we’ve heard of, like the way white people butcher minorities’ names and sweep it under the rug, in order to construct a song that’s angry and righteous. “Flicker” is the third single from the British-Japanese singer, inspired on one of her school teachers who butchered her last name during her first day of school. Her self-titled EP came out last October, and she’s released two other songs throughout 2018.