Friday, June 21, 2024

Music: Ed Sheeran Channels the 80s in “Bad Habits,” Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard Squeeze Out Sparks from “Annette”


The two big releases of note this morning are each pretty fascinating in their own way.

Ed Sheeran is back, channeling the 80s with a synth pop throwback called “Bad Habits.” This single sounds like something Phil Collins forgot to put out around 1988. Ed, known for making music that sounds like something you’re already heard, really accomplishes that here. Sheeran will not be remembered for innovation, that’s for sure. But if you’re longing for mid 80s MTV, this is it all over again. “Bad Habits” is already number 1 on iTunes.

The other release of note today is from the upcoming movie “Annette.” The stars, Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard, sing a catchy choral repetition called “We Love Each Other So Much.” The song is written and produced by Sparks, the cult 70s art pop duo currently having a revival thanks to Edgar Wright’s documentary. The song is light on actual lyrics but it has a haunting hook.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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