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 saw the release of Zayn’s new album, another song from The Chainsmokers and a vulnerable single from Reggaeton superstar Bad Bunny. Check them out:
Zayn – Let Me
Zayn’s latest album, “Icarus Falls,” was released on December 14th, sprawling 27 songs in an experiment that lasts an hour and a half. That sounds insane, but the songs aren’t particularly long and the album is clearly split in the middle, with one half featuring lighter and more romantic songs than the other. “Let Me” was the first song released in promotion of the album, back in April, and it’s the clear stand out. A breezy and kind of cheesy song, “Let Me” is romantic and pleasant even if at times it can be as ridiculous as its music video (very). Zayn is a talented performer, a pop star with a powerful falsetto and a career that could take him anywhere.
The Chainsmokers – Hope (ft. Winona Oak)
The Chainsmokers’ latest single is a collaboration with Winona Oak, a Swedish singer who’s a relative newcomer with no records of her own. Her presence is the best part of the song, elevating it with her haunting and beautiful voice. “Hope” doesn’t break new ground for The Chainsmokers but it does provide a welcome change of pace. It’s, dare I say it, a pleasant auditory experience. Drew Taggart’s vocals aren’t all that special and the lyrics are forgettable but at least they don’t get in the way, as they usually do when it comes to this group. Good job guys, I’m almost impressed.
Bad Bunny – Solo De Mi
Bad Bunny is an interesting character, a youthful reggaeton singer who’s capable of displaying vulnerability and genuineness in an industry that’s doesn’t leave room for those sensibilities. Reggeaton’s popularity has been growing in America, giving Latin artists the opportunity to experiment with music and produce different type of songs. Still, the formula is pretty strict: Reggeaton singers are tough guys who sing about sexy girls. While Bad Bunny is definitely a part of this group, he’s capable of addressing breakups and sadness, of wearing nail polish and being unapologetic — a rarity in the genre that has resonated with audiences. His solo career is just taking off and you can expect to see a lot of him in the future.