The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Dierks Bentley to David Guetta

Single Reviews, BB34


London duo Aluna Francis and George Reid tesase their upcoming sophomore release with "Supernatural," a dancefloor-ready jam that reels their future-soul sound back to the 1980s. Francis coos over synths that seem mined from the Heathers score: "Is this dead or is it alive?" With this kind of energy, it's safe to say the latter. --Steven J. Horowitz

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Dierks Bentley
"Say You Do"
Capitol Nashville

After being "Drunk on a Plane," Dierks Bentley sobers up and goes heavey with "Say You Do." Longing for his girl to return, he softly pleads, "Don't worry about the damage done/ Just let those words roll of your tongue/ Even if you're lying." Bentley sounds best during the song's quiet moments, which crescendo into reverb-soaked guitars. --Jill Menze

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Joey Badass
"Christ Conscious"
Cinematic Music Group/Pro Era

Emerging in 2012 with his Native Tongues-toasting 1999 mixtape, Joey Badass' first single off his debut LP is his hardest- hitting yet. All bruising beats and boasts, "Christ Conscious" is a wake-up call to the Brooklyn rapper's skeptics -- and with so much conviction, who could deny him? --Dan Hyman

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Kleerup Featuring Susanne Sundfor
"Let Me In"
Warner Music

Swedish producer Andreas Kleerup has unleashed another can't-miss morsel of electro-pop from his upcoming mini-album, with Susanne Sundfor providing vocals atop disco bass and tawdry synths. Deceptively simple and slightly sinister, "Let Me In" is another triumph in Kleerup's impressive career. --Jason Lipshutz

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Tamar Braxton Featuring Future
"Let Me Know"

The Braxton sister's latest single is one of her strongest to date. "When it's right, you don't let go," she sings, affirming her love with the help from a dramatic piano, chipmunked Aaliyah sample and Auto-tuned moans from Future. Everyone’s on the verge of breaking down, but nobody has more at stake than Braxton. --Elias Leight

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David Guetta Featuring Sam Martin
Big Beat/Atlantic/Parlophone

David Guetta swivels away from shiny dance-pop fist pumpery for "Dangerous," the first single of his new Listen (Nov. 24). With chugging disco guitars and live strings, the track is slower and more brooding than his previous fare, but Guetta can still cook up a seriously powerful chorus. --SJH

This story originally appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of Billboard.


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