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It's our weekly song review where we dissect five new songs released this past week, March 28–April 4. Let us know what you think of our music picks in the comments below.

"Skinny" - Kaleo

Released: April 1, 2021

Album: Surface Sounds, out April 23

Highlights:

  • Raw depiction of struggles women deal with in regards to body image
  • Gritty acoustic guitar during the verses, serving as a bare
  • Stripped-down atmosphere complimented by the acoustic, raunchy chorus, and hints of strings

Standout Lyrics: "You've got to stay skinny / Don't you, girl? / You've got to stay pretty / While you can / You've got to stay hungry / for the fans"

 

"Brazil" - Iggy Azalea

Released: April 2, 2021

Album: Unknown

Highlights:

  • Edgy, grinding rhythm that gives you almost an ache
  • Fast-paced beats mirroring the fast-sang verses
  • Slow, delicious drop between some of the rapping, offering an amazing sense of reprieve before everything picks up again

Standout Lyrics: "I'm showin' my cards how I play with a King / Heard they was sleepin, I'm breakin' the dream / Closin' the deal while you were makin' a meme / Superstar status, I stay in the Hills / Light hundred thousand to play in some heels / Festival season, I'm out in Brazil"

"Film Out" - BTS

Released: April 1, 2021

Album: BTS, the Best

Highlights:

  • Haunting singing arrangement heightened by piano notes
  • Dramatic instrument placement to increase tension and atmosphere
  • Incredible final chorus will make you think it belongs in a movie

Standout Lyrics [English Translation]: "From all the memories stored in my heart / I gather up the ones of you, link them together / Gazing at them projected across the room / I feel you with every burst of pain"

 

"Deja Vu" - Olivia Rodrigo

Released: April 1, 2021

Album: Upcoming May 21

Highlights:

  • Rodrigo's amazing range between breathy and soft to soaring are once again on full display, serving as the song's backbone
  • Dripping with nostalgic feels that will make your heart hurt
  • Blends country, pop, and hints of blues together seamlessly 

Standout Lyrics: "Strawberry ice cream in Malibu / Don't act like we didn't do that shit too / You're trading jackets like we used to do / (Yeah, everything is all reused) / Play her piano but she doesn't know"

 

"Queen of Suffolk County" - Dropkick Murphys

Released: March 31, 2021

Album: Turn Up that Dial, out April 30

Highlights:

  • Vivid, clear-cut story of a woman being presented throughout the lyrics, where listeners hear of her journey
  • Folksy, vibrant vibe
  • Sing-along chorus in which multiple singers join in (and you can too!)

Standout Lyrics: "She's tough like a tiger / She's all dressed up / She's soft like a kitten / But she'll still mess you up."

 

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