Tracks of the week reviewed: Lil Nas X, Jonas Brothers, Billie Eilish

Jonas Brothers

Despite singing about being high and Game of Thrones (yes, we get it, Joe, you’re marrying Sansa; you’ve mentioned that 89 million times on social media), this track is basically anything but cool, and somehow … that makes the Jonas Brothers cool now? These lads have produced the frontrunner for this summer’s “hear it everywhere until you’re so sick of it you’ll swerve in traffic to get it off the car radio” megahit.

Lil Nas X ft Billy Ray Cyrus
Old Town Road

Country rap can go three ways: Bubba Sparxxx (release two bangers, go and live on a farm); Kid Rock (release one banger, get extremely problematic); or the pure “only ever heard in an Uber on Magic FM at 4am” vibes of Tim McGraw and Nelly’s Over and Over. Still TBC what Lil Nas X has planned, but credit to Billy Ray Cyrus for getting on the frankly insane remix to try to get the track into the US country charts, an ambition that, in 2019, sounds as archaic as “go on Top of the Pops”.

Avicii ft Aloe Blacc

The first single from Avicii’s posthumous album Tim, SOS features Aloe Blacc, who only found out the late DJ wanted him on the track after his death. Does it reach the heights of the pair’s previous hit, Wake Me Up? Er, no. But is it released by his family as a tribute to the late DJ? Yes. And all the proceeds go to charity. Let’s just call it a serviceable summer bop and leave it there.

Jax Jones, Madison Beer and Martin Solveig
All Day and Night

Normally, we’d be bang into any musician who has the front to try to sell you a branded washing-up cloth directly from their Spotify profile. However, All Day and Night is so forgettable, we can’t endorse the purchase of any kitchen items from Jax Jones. Written by an astonishing seven people, the track seems to have passed through the hands of Hailee Steinfeld and Becky Hill before reaching Madison Beer. Hope she got a free tea towel out of it.

Billie Eilish
Bad Guy

At first, Bad Guy is good. But listen closer and the lyrics are quite … sexualised? Look, we’re no prude complaining to Ofcom if there’s two seconds of shagging in an ITV drama but … 17-year-old Billie Eilish’s older brother helps her write these sexy songs? You’ve taken the home-schooled weirdo thing a bit far there, Billie. Take a step back from the blowjob references and everyone can enjoy the song more comfortably.


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