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Songs and Albums: May 3, 2013

Other songs for your earbuds

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DAFT PUNK FEAT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS
”Get Lucky”

Just as überloud EDM Europeans have started taking over, the two French robots who jump-started it all team with Williams (as well as nimble-fingered ’80s icon Nile Rodgers on guitar) for a silky, funk-laden, and refreshingly organic earworm that everyone — including premillennials who think a bass drop is a fishing blunder — can dance to. A-Ray Rahman

KE$HA FEAT. WILL.I.AM
”Crazy Kids”

Is Ke$ha truly the batty glitter-breathing ghost humper she claims to be? Perhaps, but she’s sane enough to hire mad scientists Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco to harness her dead-eyed rapping-and-whispering madness into this monolith of giddy shape-shifting glitch-pop. A-Kyle Anderson

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WILL.I.AM
#willpower

When the Black Eyed Peas podmaster hands off the microphone — as he does to Britney Spears and Justin Bieber on already-smash singles ”Scream & Shout” and ”That Power” — his fourth solo disc hits hedonistic froth-hop highs. Unfortunately, his milk-snortingly inept lyrical flow too often hijacks #will‘s beat-addled moneymaker shakers. Skip to the guest spots and hope for an all-instrumental follow-up. C+Kyle Anderson

SNOOP LION
Reincarnated

How seriously should we take Snoop’s spiritual conversion to Rastafarianism? Probably not very, but at least the old Dogg has learned some new tricks. Thanks to production duo Major Lazer, the rebranded rapper’s reggae-infused 12th solo album is peppered with gems that mix dubby dancehall with poppy hip-hop (”Here Comes the King,” the Miley Cyrus-aided ”Ashtrays and Heartbreaks”). Reincarnated does have its half-baked moments, though — this is still Snoop, after all. BRay Rahman

MICHAEL BUBLÉ
To Be Loved

It’s hard to fault a voice as technically proficient as Bublé’s; his rich croon and powerful range — packaged neatly with an affable persona — have made him a sort of one-man Rat Pack for the 21st century. Unsurprisingly, Bublé sounds fantastic on his eighth studio album, though To Be Loved‘s dated production and cruise-ship material often overshadow his considerable vocal charm. Too many songs (”Come Dance With Me” and the lame Reese Witherspoon duet ”Something Stupid”) evoke 1960s variety shows, in a bad way. But when Bublé gets it right, as he does on ”It’s a Beautiful Day” and ”Who’s Lovin’ You,” he’s golden. B-Grady Smith