Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Florence & The Machine to Jamey Johnson
Florence & The Machine
"What Kind Of Man"
Florence Welch usually fluctuates between indie-pop siren and art-rock weirdo, but on this head-spinning ambient-R&B single, she's both. "With one kiss, you inspired a fire of devotion," she sings, proving few singers do widescreen melodrama better. --Ryan Reed
Big Gassed Records
An upright bass strut morphs into big-band brassiness before nuggets of honky-tonk wisdom give way to a vaudevillian hook on "You Can," which precedes Jamey Johnson's new album. It's an unexpectedly frisky ping-pong of musical styles for a veteran trad-country singer-songwriter, and that's a good thing.--Jason Lipshutz
Charlie Puth Featuring Meghan Trainor
Charlie Puth plays a game of "spot the Marvin reference" on his debut single, repackaging lines from a number of soul classics in the not-so-subtly titled tune. Trainor lends Puth some of her doo-wop swagger, but the track seems more academic exercise than an attempt at seduction. --Elias Leight
"Don't Wanna Fight"
Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard makes raw pain feel sensual, and "Don't Wanna Fight" is their sauciest offering yet. "Why can't I catch my breath? I'm gonna work myself to death," she bellows over reverbed guitar, which evokes dusty, Daptone-school retro-funk rather than the band's usual Dixie rock. --Dan Hyman