New music incoming: Rebecca Black, Modest Mouse, Poppy, and more!

It's our weekly song review where we dissect five new songs released this past week, May 23–30. Let us know what you think of our reviewed songs in the comments below.

"Leave a Light On" by Modest Mouse

Released: May 24, 2021

Album: The Golden Casket

Highlights:

  • Crazy, creative lyrics that cover different topics
  • Interesting musical composition, from water dripping in beginner to brass elements
  • Hard throwback to music of the '60s and '70s

Standout Lyrics: "My friend's house is full of very very helpful nurses / Some days they have birthdays there and some days they have hearses / My friend's house is full of cats but they are both allergic / Your house is inside my heart and your heart's where my house is"

"Fear of Dying" by Poppy

Released: May 26, 2021

Album: Uknown

Highlights:

  • Pleasingly crunchy guitars that will make you want to bang your head on repeat
  • Poppy's stellar vocals, from haunting and soft to incredible screaming
  • Amazing metal cover version

Standout Lyrics: "I'm not afraid of standing still / I'm just afraid of being bored / I'm not afraid of speaking my mind / I'm just afraid of being ignored"

"Mirror" by Sigrid

Released: May 26, 2021

Album: Unknown

Highlights:

  • Edgy synths that create a somewhat disco-esque vibe
  • Triumphant attitude apparent in chorus, emphasizing Sigrid's ideas of self-empowerment
  • Fast-paced piano notes complementing percussion 

Standout Lyrics: "I needed loneliness / To know there's nothing that I can't turn into confidence / I couldn't play pretend / And I'm sorry that you had to pay the consequences, oh no"

"Worth It for the Feeling" by Rebecca Black

Released: May 21, 2021

Album: Rebecca Black Was Here project, June 16

Highlights: 

  • Slow, swaggering rhythm
  • Vocal restraint and background chorus throughout the track
  • Dazzling, DJ-produced beats that loop gracefully, creating pockets of delightful pop heaviness

Standout Lyrics: "Here we go again / Last time it took us down to the bitter end / I might need some more healing / But it's worth it for the feeling / Here we go again"

"If Ever However Whenever Forever" - Picture This

Released: May 26, 2021

Album: Life in Colour

Highlights:

  • Easy acoustic guitar serving as a backdrop for crystal-clear singing
  • Increase in vocal pitch during the chorus, with words breaking to add more sadness
  • Glimmers of hope amid power ballad

Standout Lyrics: "If ever, however, whenever, forever, I'm yours / There's no time or space where I won't find your face in my flaws / We can hold on to our high hopes / So we don't fall from the tightrope"

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