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Chairlift - "Ch-Ching" (Singles Going Steady)

This is the most pop-friendly that Chairlift has ever sounded.

Kevin Korber: Chairlift are definitely going for it on “Ch-Ching”, as this is the most pop-friendly that they have ever sounded. The modern R&B rhythms aren’t surprising, given the group’s high-profile collaboration with Beyoncé, and it would be a great fit for them were it not for Caroline Polachek’s voice not really being up to the task. She’s a fine singer, but “Ch-Ching” calls for a more explosive quality that she doesn’t possess. [5/10]

Dustin Ragucos: 27 99 23, three numbers that might still be on the minds of indieholics alike years after the song loses its interest with those expecting it to be the next "Bruises". "Ch-Ching" has a nice R&B-influenced flow to it that manages to channel Nelly Furtado. Now, if you'll excuse me, there'll be a bunch of locks I need to input the song's code into. [6/10]

John Garratt: This video has to be a promotion for whoever does choreography and wardrobe. Without those elements, people all over the internet would be wondering "wait... where's the song?" [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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