Listen to this: New singles from Sheryl Crow and Gorillaz

By Nicholas Jennings

Leave it to some of the biggest rock acts of the 1990s to sound the alarm about the political direction the world seems to be heading in. From Bruce Springsteen and R.E.M., many artists have gone public in the past weeks with statements and tweets that express disdain for Trump-style politics. Two big singles this week by ’90s rockers take different approaches to expressing political concern and defiance.

Sheryl Crow

“Halfway There”

The American music icon tackles the fallout from the U.S. election with this conciliatory blues-rocker. Over some searing guitar work from Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl sings “I might walk along the left side, and you walk along the right/Could we smoke from the same peace pipe til our anger disappears?” The animated video for the song presents some satirical imagery to reflect the song’s lyrical questions.

The song is from the GRAMMY-winning singer’s upcoming album, Be Myself, and Sheryl took to Twitter to post a video of herself and collaborator Jeff Trott talking about the making of the record.

Gorillaz

“We’ve Got the Power”

Damon Albarn has revived his virtual band Gorillaz that he formed with Jamie Hewlett and the pair has a new album coming called Humanz. One of the first singles offers hope to those who feel disillusioned or disenfranchised by the political process. “I got my heart full of hope, I will change everything,” go the lyrics. “We did it before and we’ll do it again.” The song has a burying-the-hatchet backstory: Damon, formerly of Britpop heroes Blur, and Noel Gallagher, of bitter rivals Oasis, teamed up on the song.

Damon and Jamie have used their Twitter account to promote the forthcoming Humanz, complete with animated stills and videos.

Hello! music columnist Nicholas Jennings surveys the pop landscape each week to find the most dynamic tracks to add to your playlist.

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