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Lady Gaga, Owl City, and more: new singles!

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Owl City, ”Alligator Sky”
Synth-pop naïf Owl City, a.k.a. Adam Young, turns from ”Fireflies” to reptiles but retains his penchant for unctuous, faux-deep fridge-magnet poetry. C —Leah Greenblatt

Lady Gaga, ”Born This Way (The Country Road Version)”
If Gaga’s message about embracing the ”real you” got lost in the original’s overproduced club sheen, it flowers when she gets her twang on. B+ —Christian Blauvelt

Frank Ocean, ”Novacane”
Ocean, the lone singer in rising hip-hop collective Odd Future, delivers a charmingly woozy NSFW love cut sodden with a passion that we can feel. A —Brad Wete

The Cars, ”Sad Song”
The reunited new-wave innovators craft a trim, not-at-all-sad hand-clap treat that hints at good things for their first album in 24 years, the upcoming Move Like This. B+ —Joe Lynch

Dierks Bentley, ”Am I the Only One”
Dierks just wants to party, and his friends are all sober or home watching Idol. Solution? Become a honky-tonk hell-raiser, party of one — until a ”country cutie with a rock & roll booty” doubles down. B —LG