Reviews of the latest songs from Carrie Underwood, Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber, and more


Carrie Underwood, ”Good Girl”
Over a crisp hand-clap kick drum and stadium-size electric guitars, the country superstar brings a newfound grit to this watch-your-back rocker, belting (and even growling) out a warning to the unsuspecting girl of the title. After all, someone’s gotta tell her that her no-good man’s ”lips are drippin’ honey/But he’ll sting you like a bee.” A-Grady Smith

Far East Movement feat. Justin Bieber, ”Live My Life’
The ”Like a G6” chart-toppers enlist widescreen disco king RedOne for production duties and invite Canada’s favorite son Bieber to coo an inspirational hook, which promises to become a grad-night fist-pumper for glow-stick-loving high school seniors everywhere. B+Kyle Anderson

Gorillaz, James Murphy, and Andre 3000, ”Doyathing”
Three mad scientists walk into a lab and mix their beakers: Gorillaz’ gonzo goes well with LCD Soundsystem mastermind Murphy’s bloopy beats, but the star here is elusive OutKast kook Andre 3000’s breathless verse, a warp-speed rap that melts into splendid, yelpy nonsense. A-Ray Rahman