Not long ago I dissed the song “Better Now” by Post Malone. I listened to it again, and it’s better now. That is, the song is a bit better than I thought. I still don’t think it’s melodically meritorious but that doesn’t mean it has a bad sound. This despite the lousy grammar in the unimportant lyrics.
For a perfect contemporary pop song, there’s the Carly Rae Jepsen album cut, “I’ll Be Your Girl,” a catchy little moral drama if there ever was one. The music is speedy, the words finely wrought, and Jepsen’s voice that of a smart undergrad. It’s too good for corporatized radio.