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BOOTS - "Bombs Away" (Singles Going Steady)

Man, you helped produced M3LL155X. You've got to leave some radical juice for yourself.

Dustin Ragucos: The first half of this track feels like a red or blue pill affair where Jordan Asher can't decide whether to go on an intense rap verse or to slither like Trent Reznor. Halfway in, there are vibes that tangle with something that Muse might have done in a jam session. Man, you helped produced M3LL155X. You've got to leave some radical juice for yourself. [5/10]

Evan Sawdey: You produced Beyonce's album. You sang with Run the Jewels. Yet somehow, you still haven't carved out a distinctive solo identity for yourself, and no matter how much mystery or "cool" you throw at something, what ultimately wins is a good song. "Bombs Away" is a fine song, but not the kind that puts you in the echelon you clearly see yourself in. Don't write what you think we should hear, Booty. Write what YOU want to hear, and then you'll avoid things like me giving this song a score of [3/10]

John Garratt: Industrial music has never sounded more safe and harmless. "Bombs Away" is one of those songs more easily defined by what it lacks instead of what it features -- in this case, everything. [2/10]

The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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