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Singles and Albums: April 19, 2013

Our grades on more songs and albums

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SINGLES

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS ”CAN’T HOLD US”

The chart-topping Seattle rap duo prove they’re better with winking one-liners about crusty secondhand socks than me-against-the-world chest-pounding. Still, budding videographers searching for the ideal soundtrack for their high school sports montages should be pretty stoked. BKyle Anderson

AVRIL LAVIGNE ”HERE’S TO NEVER GROWING UP”

Canada’s bad girl is 28 and coming up on her second marriage, but she’d rather raise her middle finger than her credit score. ”Got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk,” she sings on this surprisingly rousing (and vaguely Swift-y) pop-rock stomper. B+Ray Rahman

ALBUMS

THE FLAMING LIPS The Terror After toeing the trippy line for so long, it was probably inevitable that the Lips would put out an album of full-on experimental noise. But that doesn’t make it right — just boring. Artists from Radiohead to Liars have explored this territory already, and better. CRay Rahman

OLLY MURS Right Place Right Time Few people ever heard this onetime U.K. X Factor runner-up’s intended U.S. debut, a reggae-tinged pop pleasure. That’s a shame; the reconceived album is stuffed with overproduced midtempo tracks that don’t complement his naturally cheeky showmanship. We’ll stick with upbeat ditties like ”Dance With Me Tonight.” B-Grady Smith

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