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Singles: November 15, 2013

Reviews of the new songs from Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, and more

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Mariah Carey, ”The Art of Letting Go”
If it weren’t for her demanding, fabulously, that a trifling man “go to ‘Mimi’ on your contacts, press delete,” you might never know that the title track off Mariah’s long-delayed 14th album came together in 2013 and not 1993. So what? It’s church she’s taking us to, not the Apple Store, and when this Sunday drive of a ballad gives way to organ and her upper register, time itself feels like a trifle. B+Nick Catucci

Future Feat. Miley Cyrus and Mr Hudson, ”Real and True”
The chart-hogging Atlanta rapper’s “cold depths of space” imagery shows up a little too late to capitalize on Gravity fever; only Cyrus’ supernova hook keeps “Real and True” from drifting into the rest of the pop-radio space junk. B-Kyle Anderson

Ed Sheeran, ”I See Fire”
For a young ginger approaching cultural saturation — selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden, guesting on The Voice, and luxuriating in Taylor Swift’s friend zone — Sheeran does a damn good dwarf in crisis. Flame-broiled disaster looms in this song, written for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but Sheeran keeps his strumming cool, and a hopeful flame burning for Bilbo. BNick Catucci