Reviews of new songs from Miley Cyrus and Paul McCartney

By Kyle Anderson and Ray Rahman
September 06, 2013 at 04:00 AM EDT

Travie McCoy Feat. Jason Mraz, ”Rough Water”
Is it possible that the Gym Class Heroes frontman just got around to seeing Titanic? McCoy casts himself as a bro Jack spitting devotional rhymes at his Rose while Mraz coos brightly. It’s ideal Celine Dion counterprogramming — 16 years too late. B-Kyle Anderson

Miley Cyrus, ”Wrecking Ball”
One look at the title and you’ll know that everything about this ’80s-scented power ballad — the pipes, the drama, the chorus — is big. Like ”We Can’t Stop,” it’s a monster, but in a different way: more soaring strings than string bikinis. ”It slowly turned, you let me burn/And now, we’re ashes on the ground,” she cries. We can’t lie: We kind of like Sad Miley. B+Ray Rahman

Paul McCartney, ”New”
After stretching into jazz standards and borderline proggy experiments, returning to old-school ways might seem like a concession of defeat. Unless, of course, your name is Paul McCartney, your résumé includes a couple little collector’s items called Abbey Road and Revolver, and your new single bubbles and harmonizes like a lost Fab Four classic. A-Kyle Anderson

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