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Songs: May 24, 2013

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ALBUMS

THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS
Love Lust Faith + Dreams

That the latest from Jared Leto’s band doesn’t turn to dust under the weight of his pretension is a testament to the actor-turned-frontman’s underrated songcraft. The album’s overarching narrative is both inexplicable and pointless, but throbbing modern-rock anthems ”Up in the Air” and ”Bright Lights” offer visceral, hands-up hedonism. A-Kyle Anderson

FRENCH MONTANA
Excuse My French

This Bronx MC holds together the kind of relentless shout-alongs many rookies let spin out of control. While he’s not immune to the occasional crossover nightmare like the Nicki Minaj-assisted ”Freaks,” French uses his debut to extend his deft command over white-knuckled bangers like the hypnotically thudding ”Paranoid.” B+Kyle Anderson

SINGLES

2 CHAINZ AND WIZ KHALIFA
”WE OWN IT (FAST & FURIOUS)”

A vehicle-eviscerating action sequel that teams Vin Diesel with the Rock demands an equally adrenalized pair-up for its soundtrack. Wiz and Chainz oblige, delivering a charger custom-built for a drag-racing montage. A-Kyle Anderson

JENNIFER LOPEZ FEAT. PITBULL
”LIVE IT UP”

Like a neon ”YOLO” tee, this frantic rave-up is shamelessly zeitgeisty, a little stupid-funny (try not smiling when J. Lo purrs, ”I know you like my bumper/Don’t be ashamed”), and inappropriate to put on unless you’re drinking out of a Solo cup at a beachside rager. B-Adam Markovitz

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
”I APPEAR MISSING”

QOTSA overlord Josh Homme is like one of those Dyson vacuums: He really does only one thing — woozy desert-rock crooning over heavy swirls of guitar — but as the newest single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork, reminds us, he does it better than just about anybody else. A-Kyle Anderson

CARLY RAE JEPSEN FEAT. NICKI MINAJ
”TONIGHT I’M GETTING OVER YOU (REMIX)”

Canada’s favorite telephone proponent goes full-on Robyn with this dance remix. ”Tonight” features multiple bass drops and some lines from Nicki Minaj that would be totally unnecessary if they weren’t also totally fun — who else would we let rhyme yoga with Rover? B+Adam Carlson

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