Singles file: Michael Jackson, Wise Blood, Travis Barker, Colin Munroe and Rihanna
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Michael Jackson: "Breaking News"
Originally recorded in 2007 and finished after Jackson's death, the first single from the upcoming odds-and-ends collection "Michael" is a dark, "Leave Me Alone"-style track with a martial beat.
Wise Blood: "Rot My Brain Away"
Pittsburgh musician, presumptive Flannery O'Connor fan Chris Laufman delivers another crackly, fuzz-ified, deceptively complicated gem.
Travis Barker featuring Tom Morello, RZA and Raekwon: "Carry It"
The world's best-connected drummer teams with the Rage Against the Machine demigod and a double dose of Wu-Tang for this exceptionally entertaining (if otherwise overmatched) exercise in rap-rock nostalgia.
Colin Munroe: "The Only Exception (Paramore Revox)"
Munroe, a gentle refurbisher of barely used pop songs, provides new vocals to this ghostly reworking of Paramore's underrated ballad.
Rihanna's voice does things we weren't entirely sure it could do on this superbly simple, tabloid-baiting electro-ballad about a love-hate relationship.
| November 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Categories: Singles file | Tags: Colin Munroe, Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Travis Barker, Wise Blood
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