This week, we're covering Marina, Royal Blood, Sufjan Stevens, and more!

It's our weekly song review where we tackle five new songs released over the last week, April 11–28. Let us know what you think of our picks in the comments below!

"Purge the Poison" by Marina

Released: April 14, 2021

Album: Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land

Highlights:

  • Passionate lyrics urging people to heal the land and protecting the Earth's future
  • Rockin' drumbeat that sets the frantic rhythm and pace
  • Attitude shining through the vocals and bringing a retro '80s vibe to the song

Standout Lyrics: "Need to purge the poison from our system / Until human beings listen / Tell me, who'd you think you are? / It's your own decision / But your home is now your prison / You forgot that without me, you won't go far"

"Skeletons" by Easy Life

Released: April 13, 2021

Album: Life's a Beach (debut album)

Highlights:

  • Feelings of sadness and regret over carrying baggage that most can relate to
  • Easy, breezy tempo with hints of pop
  • Layering of dramatic synth composition that heightens the sense of tension

Standout Lyrics: "You've got something dark that I like / But I can't quite put my pinkie on it / Got a good appetite for a bad reputation"

"Eazy Sleazy" by Mick Jagger & Dave Grohl

Released: April 13, 2021

Album: Single

Highlights:

  • Perfection of combining elements from both Dave Grohl's and Mick Jagger's styles to make this a true banger
  • Straight, non-stop rock 'n roll song
  • Jagger's bluesy voice imbuing the song with tremendous soul 

Standout Lyrics: "We took it on the chin / The numbers were so grim / Bossed around by pricks / Stiffin' upper lips / Pacing in the yard / You're trying to take the mick / You must think I'm really sick"

"Liars and Fakes" by Mila Smith

Released: April 16, 2021

Album: Future

Highlights:

  • Journey listeners are taken through the experience of understanding heart-ache and moving past it
  • Vibrant, funky pockets of pop that makes this song so addicting
  • Wild energy expressed in beat and fast-sang verses

Standout Lyrics: "Special just an adjective you used for me /  And baby I felt special / Thought that you'd never leave / Hashtag new bestie / So quick to message when I succeed"

"Lamentations II" by Sufjan Stevens

Released: April 12, 2021

Album: Convocations

Highlights:

  • Mesmerizing piano track featuring sprawling notes coupled with dynamic bits of percussion
  • Peaceful, introspective sense brought on by song's pleasant atmosphere
  • Sounds as if it could be in a video game's orchestral piece with hints of electronic

Standout Lyrics: Instrumental

If you missed last week's music review, check it out here. And let us know what you thought about this week's music review in the comments.