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Gucci Mane, Shawn Mendes, Angel Olsen: Grading the week's best (and worst) new singles

EW’s staff sizes up the biggest new music of the week

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Every week, EW’s music staff takes a hard listen to the biggest new tracks and offers up our unfiltered opinions. Read on for reviews of new tracks by Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Angel Olsen, and more.

Shawn Mendes, “Treat You Better”

Olsen’s second album, 2014’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness, established her as one of the best singer-songwriters currently working, easily able to run the gamut between sparse, melancholy balladry and lo-fi garage rock. On the first single from her forthcoming album My Woman, due out September 2, she opts for the former, dressing up somber lyrics with understated synths. But the draw with Olsen remains her voice, simultaneously powerful and seemingly on the brink of collapse — which makes the track’s generic aesthetic generally forgivable. B+ –Eric Renner Brown