Single Reviews: David Guetta, Usher, Interpol, Meghan Trainor, Josh Thompson


"Lovers on the Sun"

Big Beat/Atlantic/Parlophone

Superstar French DJ-producer David Guetta was at the forefront of merging EDM with pop on The Black Eyed Peas' 2009 smash "I Gotta Feeling." But five years later, his new single feels like it's following rather than leading. All foot-stomp kicks, harsh strings and twangy guitar, with an overall spaghetti western vibe, "Lovers on the Sun" seems like Guetta's attempt at concocting his own "Wake Me Up"-style mashup - even its breakdown sounds eerily reminiscent of Avicii's cut. He's aided by a stellar vocal from Sam Martin: "Close your eyes and hold your breath/Because it feels right," Martin sings over Lone Ranger whistles. "Lovers on the Sun" radiates good vibes, but compared with recent EDM crossovers that sounded bold and risky, Guetta's feels late to the party. -Dan Hyman


"She Came to Give It to You"

RCA Records

One year before "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines," Pharrell Williams produced "Twisted," a sleek standout on Usher's "Looking 4 Myself." On new single "She Came to Give It to You," Williams once again lets Ursh shine over spiraling funk bass riffs, although guest Nicki Minaj predictably delivers the most memorable line: "Tell your man play the back like a spine/He only last six seconds like a Vine." -Jason Lipshutz


"All the Rage Back Home"

Matador Records

"All the Rage Back Home," the first listen off Interpol's upcoming fifth album, is a bit of a bait and switch. Languid twangs lead Paul Banks' reedy voice to the edge of calm before plunging into a morass of guitars frothing around a kick drum. The song builds to a climax without ever breaking, sustaining tension in continuously shrill tones. -Harley Brown


"All About That Bass"

Epic Records

Body-image awareness is having a moment in pop, from Colbie Caillat's "Try" and John Legend's "You & I (Nobody in the World)" video to Mary Lambert's "Secrets." But the most fun result of the trend is "All About That Bass," on which Meghan Trainor proclaims, "I'm bringing booty back." It features a doo-wop-meets-hip-hop beat and a sassy hook, delivered by a 20-year-old talent who suggests Sara Bareilles at a Nashville jazz club. More to love, we say. -Andrew Hampp


"Wanted Me Gone"

Show Dog/Universal

With "Wanted Me Gone," Josh Thompson turns heartache into a damn good time. "I guess I took a detour when you told me to go to hell/'Cause I'm in heaven every weekend," he tells the no-good ex who is now begging him to come back. A rousing, repetitive chorus helps deliver a send-off that sticks. Who knew breakups could be so fun? -Jill Menze


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