Loving the Single Life

In this whirling, technocratic time period, our minds are dominated by quick sound bytes and text messages that can only carry a couple hundred characters. Buying full albums is so passé and iTunes keeps suggesting that you purchase RihannaâÄôs new single. You know better, but what clicks are worth your precious 99 cents and which ones can you leave up to the radio to spin? Good question, baby. WeâÄôll let you know. Britney Spears âÄúWomanizerâÄù In the vein of her 2007 album âÄúBlackout,âÄù Spears is set to release another comeback album called âÄúCircusâÄù in December. The first single, âÄúWomanizerâÄù is layer upon layer of electronic dance beats, thumping bass and a stuttering chorus that mashes into a phenomenal Spears symphony. Unlike âÄúBlackout,âÄù Spears managed to find producers with talent to touch up her vocal misgivings. It looks like our little disaster will finally be airbrushing and gyrating her way back up the charts. Kanye West âÄúLove LockdownâÄù Though West claims that his upcoming album will be his best yet, he better not expect to rely on âÄúLove Lockdown,âÄù the first song to hit radio stations. The song lies somewhere between what West can pull off (cocky, original electronica with several references to how much he’s had to overcome) and an overly heartfelt rap ballad. The results are mumbling lyrics intermingling with West’s tone-deaf attempts at singing and dull taiko drums. Put this down before you put those headphones on. Kings of Leon âÄúSex on FireâÄù The much-anticipated Kings of Leon album âÄúOnly By NightâÄù that hit the web last week feels a little falsified when compared to their earlier garage band style. The lead single’s trite lyrics mix with a few raw drum beats and guitar strumming that sounds like a looping sample. It is nowhere near awful, but âÄúSex on FireâÄù is a far shot from the rough angst we expected. Cold War Kids âÄúSomething is Not Right With MeâÄù The epic new single from the Cold War KidsâÄô album âÄúLoyalty to LoyaltyâÄù is a slamming introduction to post-relationship aggravation. âÄúTried to call you collect. You said you would not accept. Your friends are laughin’ âÄòcause nobody uses pay phones.âÄù This song is a must for anyone with functional eardrums. Its hammering rock beat and shouting lyrics are an immediate pick-me-up. The Killers âÄúHumanâÄù The Killers really brought it this time. âÄúHumanâÄù begins like a rock ballad with an emotive verse, breaking into a strong, shouting, keyboard chorus: âÄúAre we human or are we dancers? My sign is vital. My hands are cold.âÄù Regardless of several lines that ring a little shallow, this song just works. It’s emotional availability with style, contemplation without angst. The Killers’ new album, âÄúDay & AgeâÄù hits in late November. T.I. âÄúReady for WhateverâÄù âÄúReady for WhateverâÄù is T.I. doing exactly what he does best, yelling about the hardships of his life and laughing at everything he’s trying to leave behind. The bare beat mixes flawlessly with his smooth lines and intermittent shouting. We know our boy isn’t lying when he hollers âÄúI’m ready for whatever. Somebody better tell ’em. I’ll be here when the smoke clear and errthing settle. FerrealâÄù Kinky âÄúHasta QuemarnosâÄù Mexican electronic rock group KinkyâÄôs new track âÄúHasta QuemarnosâÄù is a crash landing of retro dance beats, looping electronic drum minglings and repetitive Spanish lyrics. Combine a little bit of Mexican funk with a whole lot of attitude, and youâÄôve got a song that should be the soundtrack to your morning routine.