New Music Releases: Week of February 11, 2013

By: Jacob Elyachar

New Music Releases is back!

This week will include reviews on EPs from Imagine Dragons and Ke$ha plus new singles from Justin Timberlake, Hot Chelle Rae, Bon Jovi and John Fogerty.

The Archive by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons’ sixth EP is the perfect introduction to fans as the band picked five of some of their best songs from their previous EPs.   Overall, this album showcases Imagine Dragons at their finest and they continue to be a band that continues to grow on music lovers. A-

Songs to Download: “The River,” “America” and “Selene


Ke$ha's "Deconstructed" is probably one of her best albums yet. (Album cover property of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records)

Ke$ha’s “Deconstructed” is probably one of her best albums yet. (Album cover property of Kemosabe Records and RCA Records)

Deconstructed by Ke$ha

The flashy singer-songwriter’s sophomore EP features acoustic versions of some of Ke$ha’s biggest hits.   Even though she specializes in dance pop and electro pop, Ke$ha should consider inserting some acoustic tracks into her next studio album because she is an incredible singer and her fans should be exposed to this type of music.  A

Songs to Download: “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle to You,” “Blow (Deconstructed Mix)” and “Die Young (Deconstructed Mix)”

“Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake’s second single of his third highly anticipated studio album: The 20/20 Experience is the anti-thesis of “What Goes Around…. Comes Around.”  While this is a great song, it seems like “Mirrors” is five minutes longer than it needs to be and has the possibility of losing the listener’s interest. B


Hot Chelle Rae Hung Up

Hot Chelle Rae’s “Hung Up” is one of their best singles since “Tonight, Tonight.” (Album cover of RCA Records)

“Hung Up” by Hot Chelle Rae

The Nashville-based pop rock band is back with their first single of 2013.  “Hung Up” is the band’s best single since their smash hit: “Tonight, Tonight.”  Ryan Follese’s vocals are their strongest yet while Nash Overstreet continues to deliver on the lead guitar.   Hopefully, the guys will be able to continue this hot streak when their third studio album hits sometime this year. A-

“What About Now” by Bon Jovi

“What About Now’s “ music seems like the listener would be listening to a hybrid between the band’s hit: “Lost Highway” and Reba McEntire and Carole King’s “Everyday People.”    However, the lyrics are some of the band’s best since:  “We Weren’t Born to Follow.”   Overall, this song is a stronger single than “Because We Can.”  A-

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“Born on the Bayou” by John Fogerty feat. Kid Rock

For his ninth studio album, John Fogerty began rounding up some of the best talent in the recording industry to perform collaborations with him.   His first team-up was with Kid Rock and they re-recorded John’s hit with his band Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Born on the Bayou.”   They had great vocal chemistry and this single is a strong indicator of what’s to come this spring.  A

I do not own any of the songs that are used in this article.  They belong to the artists and their respective record labels.

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