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Singles: March 16, 2012

Reviews of the latest songs from John Mayer, Regina Spektor, and Carly Rae Jepsen

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John Mayer, ”Shadow Days”
On his first single from the upcoming Born and Raised, sensitive rock’s alpha bro is either issuing a genuine apology for past crimes (”I’m a good man, with a good heart/Had a tough time, got a rough start”) or working yet another sensitive-slob angle — it all depends on how much that Claptonesque run in the bridge makes you swoon. BKyle Anderson

Regina Spektor, ”All the Rowboats”
The Queen of Quirk gets a darker twist, with help from producer Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Pink). With minor-key pianos, machine-gun drums, and thoughtful musings on museum paintings, she goes from pixieish to serious, all in three and a half very dramatic minutes. B+Melissa Maerz

Carly Rae Jepsen, ”Call Me Maybe”
This Blow Pop-sweet jingle has already hit iTunes’ top 10 thanks to a DIY lip-dub on YouTube featuring Ashley Tisdale, Selena Gomez, and Justin Bieber (who signed fellow Canadian Jepsen, right, to his label last month). Join the party; there’s more than enough fizzy, synth-dipped fun to go around. B+Adam Markovitz