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Singles: July 26, 2013

Reviews of new songs from Justin Timberlake, Pearl Jam, and more

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Justin Timberlake, ”Take Back The Night”
Ever a fan of long run-times, JT adds six more minutes of Off the Wall-style R&B to the summer’s already retro-loaded playlists. The MJ-indebted lead single from his upcoming The 20/20 Experience sequel is smoothly likable, and questionable title aside (has he seriously never been on a college campus? Hmm. Actually, maybe he hasn’t), it’s probably Timberlake’s safest jam of the year. BRay Rahman

Goldfrapp, ”Drew”
Veteran Brit-sprite Alison Goldfrapp commits to the drama on the first single from her sixth album, due in September. What begins with some whispery coffeehouse strumming soon cracks wide open, allowing torrents of icy strings to cascade into clear blue pools of Sunday-morning melancholy. A-Kyle Anderson

Pearl Jam, ”Mind Your Manners”
Like their 2009 album, Backspacer, Pearl Jam’s new single ”Mind Your Manners” pairs Eddie Vedder’s surf-garage yawp with aggressive, buzz-sawing Ramones guitars. It’s hard to get mad at their dedication, but ”Even Flow” will remain their encore. BKyle Anderson