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The Single Guy reviews the biggest new singles

the single guy
By: Brain Wong

The Single Guy reviews the latest songs (and other ear pollution):

Britney Spears:
"Me Against the Music"
At last week's NFL Kickoff, Miss Spears actually debuted this new song while singing it live! Some were surprised by this move, but come on - the song doesn't require much wide-range singing. All you need is a tongue and Britney's already demonstrated how to use that to a worldwide audience. This new track is as mature as "I'm a Slave 4 U" and looks to be the next booty-shaker with it's "all my people on the floor, let me see you dance" chorus, though the acoustic-guitar-riff-over-rhythm sounds suspiciously similar to Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You." Hmm?

The Rapture:
"House of Jealous Lovers"
This song is still shit hot and it's just about to get even hotter. Originally released on vinyl more than a year-and-a-half ago, this instant disco-punk cult classic is ready to cross over into the mainstream with its infectious dance beat. The re-recorded version includes a new screeching intro and appears on their awesome (and much-delayed) Echoes record, of which the entirety can be heard in broadband at

The Strokes:

Kudos to The Strokes for making the first single from their upcoming Room on Fire album available as a downloadable mp3 on their official site Clocking in at just under two-and-a-half minutes, it's a pleasantly simple little ditty with hand claps and the lo-fi production we've come to expect, yet sometimes loathe - it wouldn't hurt for Julian Casablancas's vocals to be a bit more upfront in the mix, would it?

Sarah McLachlan

The vocals and production are top notch in this exquisite example of middle-of-the-road soft-rock goodness that's pretty, yet pretty boring. Adult Top 40 will go ga-ga over this (if they haven't already) but I'm not sure what TV show this song should appear on now that Dawson's Creek and Felicity are no more - people in the O.C. don't listen to Sarah, the Sex and the City gals are too sexy for this kind of blandness and the Queer as Folk boys would rather wait for the "Fallen (Get Back Up and Disco Remix)."

Alanis Morissette:
"Eight Easy Steps"

More rockin' than most of her last record, this quickly-paced new song performed on last Friday's Today show combines Alanis' tendency to write lists of things with the Eastern sounds she once acquired on that mythical rock star journey to India. But her songs are still wordy exercises and her jagged little voice treads a fine line between quirky and unbearable. Didn't she once say, "Thank you, silence?"



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