"Tusa" by Karol G and Nicki Minaj
Reviewed by Monica Williams:
The song “Tusa” is a newly released track from Karol G and Nicki Minaj. The Colombian reggaeton singer and songwriter Karol G collaborated with the New York City Queens native Nicki Minaj to create an upbeat pop song about a girl trying to get over heartbreak of her ex by going out dancing with her friends but gets emotional every time she is reminded of him. The song opens with a unique violin beat that is then overshadowed by Nicki Minaj’s fast paced energetic voice. Karol G sings “But if you play the song-She gets so depressed-Crying she starts calling him-But he sent her to voicemail-Maybe he’s with another girl-Pretending he can love her too”. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Karol G explained the background story for the reason why she chose to name the song Tusa. She says “Tusa is Colombian slang for heartache. In the interview she tells the interviewer that a way to get over heartbreak/ “tusa,”is to “First and foremost, work out. Look awesome so he eats his heart out the next time he sees you.”. The song overall very stereotypically “popish” with its drum beat and tempo. Even though it is a well produce/written song, it isn’t unique.
"Simmer" by Hayley Williams
Reviewed by: Maddie Lloyd
Personally, I enjoyed the song for the lyrics more than anything else. The lyrics aren’t peppy and upbeat. They embody a struggle with anger. I enjoy the emotion put into the song. I like how the song seems to have dissonance in the way she sings different lyrics of the song. The second verse especially embodies the anger very well. The song starts with an ominous repeated note that continues throughout the entire song. Hayley Williams uses different breaths during the break in lyrics in the song several times. The subject matter is something that I feel that people can relate to, but it is definitely a darker song. Control is a huge topic in the song that is referred to in the chorus. At the end of the song she talks about wearing petals for armor which I feel takes on a feminine tone whereas the rest of the song just has a darker tone. I feel like overall this song was written well and I enjoyed listening to it. The song definitely puts out a different sound than her band Paramore, but I think it is a sound a lot of her fans will enjoy.
“Honeybee” by The Head and the Heart
Reviewed by: Hailey Gardner
This song is beyond beautiful, it is slow, emotional and powerful. If you are looking for a song to put you right in your feels this would be it! “Honeybee” is a love story about a couple who have clearly been through a lot together but choose to love and stick by each other no matter what. The lyrics “and if our world comes tumbling down” and “you’re the one, you are the only one” show the connection these two have. They don’t need anyone else in the world but each other. I would love to see this song performed as a ballet number, the rhythm of the music and the way it flows so elegantly makes me feel it would make a beautiful dance piece. I also feel this song would make a great first dance at a wedding. I will be listening to this song all the time and probably crying while I do! It is a must listen for anyone and everyone. 5/5