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Singles: Nov. 11, 2011

Reviews of new songs from Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige Feat. Drake, and more

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Lady Gaga, ”Marry the Night”
You’ve got your leather go-go boots, an anthropomorphic motorcycle, some synth-metal guitar licks, and a hunger for nocturnal matrimonial adventures. What do you do? You close your eyes, raise your fist, and pump up Born This Way‘s glitteriest self-empowerment anthem yet. AKyle Anderson

The Black Keys, ”Lonely Boy”
The first single from the Akron, Ohio, blues rockers’ upcoming El Camino is all bristling garage riffs and pent-up, gotta-have-it lust, charged with so much vintage cool, it practically demands its own limited-edition vinyl. Now, if only you could embed a record player in the dashboard of an old-school Chevrolet. A-Melissa Maerz

Mary J. Blige Feat. Drake, ”Mr. Wrong”
A dip into Drake’s ice-cold electro malaise leaves Blige less refreshed than hypothermic. Our feistiest, finger-waggingest diva is relegated to a moping victim of passion on this spacey I-deserve-better ballad, pining for the guy who ”breaks my heart so bad,” while Drake brags about making it ”harder on whoever’s coming next.” C+Adam Markovitz

The Rolling Stones, ”No Spare Parts”
The sweet-strutting slide guitars on this country-cookin’ discard from 1978’s Some Girls sessions — found in the archives by producer Don Was while compiling Nov. 21’s deluxe edition of the album — help eclipse Mick Jagger’s cartoonish faux Texas accent. BKA

Mazzy Star, ”Common Burn”
Hope Sandoval has perked up some since she cooed dream-pop touchstones like 1994’s ”Fade Into You.” On the duo’s alt-country shuffle, her sultry, sleepy voice drapes gently over a slide guitar, but she’s got more than enough verve left to shake that tambourine. B+MM