The 5 Best Songs of the Week, from Billie Eilish to Monsta X

This Valentine’s Day is a big one for new music: Justin Bieber‘s Changes is out, as is Sam Smith‘s title track of his upcoming album, To Die For.

On the rock side, there’s Tame Impala — and The Strokes are back. For rap, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, YG and Pop Smoke are worth the listen; while Bad Bunny and Ozuna continue to feed their fans. (In fact, fans of all these artists will find exactly what they’re looking for in these new projects.) So this week we’re doubling down on songs you either can’t miss — like Billie Eilish’s new James Bond theme, which is guaranteed to be ubiquitous soon enough — and others that you might accidentally miss in the deluge of new music, like the spare, beguiling electro-jazz of Marian Hill, Jordy’s delightfully buoyant heartbreak-pop, K-pop group Monsta X’s important English-language album release and Grimes’s turn to balladry with “Delete Forever.”

“No Time to Die,” Billie Eilish

Eilish — the year’s Grammy-sweeping teen — is the youngest choice yet to record a James Bond theme song. “No Time to Die,” her contribution for the upcoming Bond film of the same name, made with creative partner and brother Finneas, is appropriately tense. The movies we’ve come to expect with frontman Daniel Craig tend towards darkness and pathos; Eilish neatly latches onto those qualities. Haunting and echoey, “No Time to Die” gives full attention to the quavers of her voice and the flutters at its edges. A slim piano backbone is joined by instrumentation that builds into a full orchestral sweep, taking cues from Adele’s “Skyfall.” And then there’s the content: “You were my life, but life is far away from fair,” she intones. Looks like Bond won’t be having much of a happy ending, if Eilish’s lyrics are any prediction.

“YOU CAN’T HOLD MY HEART,” Monsta X

All About Love, K-pop supergroup Monsta X‘s first English-language album, is a novel — and savvy — new release. The six-member group — Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, and I.M. (seventh member Wonho left in 2019) — debuted in 2015 after appearing on a competition reality show, which winnowed down contestants to the final group. Like many successful K-pop groups, some of them specialize in singing and others in rapping, and all of them dance and appear in high-concept music videos. They’ve put out both Korean

Source:: Time – Entertainment

      

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