It’s Friday! A great day for multiple reasons and though the world is raining down with bad news, artists are releasing good tunes to keep us emotionally intact for another week. Let’s get to it.

Mariah – With You

No this isn’t a cover of Jessica Simpson’s biggest hit, With You (though that would be an interesting concept), it’s the proper lead single for Mariah’s next body of work, her highly anticipated 14th album, yet to be titled. After releasing the critically lauded buzz single, GTFO, Mariah has gone back to the commercial route with a song that is sonically kin to We Belong Together. She’s done this before with Inseparable (Memoirs), I Stay in Love (E=MC2), and the formula still works. The vocals just remind me too much of Charmbracelet. I’ve always loved Mariah’s chest voice, and we all know she is still capable; however, GTFO and With You both lie within the nasal/breathy range. I think the fans want her to come back and have commercial and char success… something Mariah hasn’t achieved since Beautiful (Peak No.13 on BB 100). Her last album, Me. I Am Mariah… was a critical success; however, commercially failed to perform. The album was extremely underrated by the buying public, which in part I believe had very much to do with her public persona. Now that her public persona is back in good graces, it’s time to let the music do the talking. With You is good, but is it the commercial hit the Lambily wanted? I don’t know… I just don’t know anymore, Mariah.

Sigrid – Sucker Punch

This is a great pop single. Sigrid is unique in both her vocal delivery and the construction of her songs. There’s something to be said about someone who can mold and bend their voice to sound so unique on a very classically-built pop song. If you haven’t heard her EP, Raw, High Five is another example of the great songs she has been a part of.

Jessie Ware – Overtime

One of my favorite artists of all time is back with a new 90’s inspired banger. I’ve been reading online that fans are excited about the change in direction after the quiet and pensive Glasshouse album. I frankly LOVED the glasshouse album. In fact, I named it my album of 2017. Overtime is cute, but I love that she announced it as a way to keep our appetites yearning for Jessie while she continues to cook up her album and her baby (she’s pregnant again!! Yay Jessie). Overtime is good. Give it a spin or two, or ten.

Matt Nathanson – Back Together

Harkening back to my college days, Matt Nathansan has always provided moody music that politely borders on depressing, pensive and introspective, yet comforting all at the same time. This song is another tale of strength by recognizing where your heart has been. Matt just released a new album, Sings His Sad Heart this week. I’ve yet to give it a full listen, but I like what I’ve heard.

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