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Singles: July 29, 2011

Reviews of the latest from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Leona Lewis, and more

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, ”The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie”
Anthony Kiedis says he wants to ”rock you like the ’80s,” but this chaise-lounge groove has little to do with the band’s shreddy roots. ”Maggie” does provide a heaping helping of cowbell, which makes this the best RHCP single since 2003’s ”Can’t Stop.” BKyle Anderson

Rebecca Black, ”My Moment”
The girl whose love of Fridays made her a viral star proves she has a serviceable voice on this disposable self-esteem celebration. Problem is, who needs another middling teen singer peddling platitudes about trusting in oneself? It just makes us miss her days of car-seat conundrums and cereal shout-outs. C+Joe Lynch

blink-182, ”Up All Night”
Though the pop-punk trio are all well into their 30s, they still sell their angsty tales of teenage betrayal with ease. The chorus is pure lighters-up hedonism; too bad Travis Barker’s show-offy drum fills take away a lot of that anthemic gravitas. BKA

Leona Lewis, ”Collide”
The ”Bleeding Love” chanteuse stumbles with a misguided dip into dance-pop. Most bizarre is the fact that the lyrics crib the title of Dave Matthews Band’s ”Crash Into Me.” Though she’s right on one count: ”Collide” lands with a major thud. C-Tim Stack

Wale Feat. J. Cole, ”Bad Girls Club”
Over pumping horns and jingling rings, D.C. rhyme hero Wale and Carolina spitter J. Cole charm the brightest and sexiest ladies from the party to their cars, and from there, happily to bed. B+Brad Wete

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