"Leaked" four days early, Live While We're Young, our Song of the Week and the lead single from December's Take Me Home album, already has landed in the top 40. With its undeniably infectious chorus, it would be easy to pass it off as just another boy-band shout-along. But Young is both sexier and more clever than it initially seems -- from the cautionary lyric "If we get together, don't let the pictures leave your phone" to an intro that unabashedly mimics The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go.
10 intriguing tracks found during the week's listening:
Everything Is Broken, Bettye LaVette
In the new Thankful 'n' Thoughtful, our most vital soul singer turns Bob Dylan's lament into a hard-bitten howl.
Prelude No. 1 in C Major,Andras Schiff
The pianist effortlessly translates J.S. Bach's genius on this track from the new four-CD box set The Well-Tempered Clavier Books I & II.
Precious Lord, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
This gem is one of five unissued tracks rescued after Katrina, part of the new four-CD 50th Anniversary Collection box.
It's Been a Long, Long Time, Lou Pallo
Strange but truly charming: That's Keith Richards joining the Les Paul Trio guitarist on a track from the new live Thank You, Les.
Wild One (Real Wild Child), Janis Martin
The just-out Blanco Sessions, recorded in 2007, were the last by the late rockabilly pioneer, known as "the Female Elvis."
Do Your Thing, Maceo Parker
James Brown's famed sax man does a soulful-jazzy take on this Isaac Hayes tune from the new live Soul Classics.
Old Friend, Toots Thielemans European Quartet
Veteran jazz harmonica ace Thielemans sounds agelesss on the closing track of the new 90 Years.
My Funny Valentine, Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia
The keyboardist and guitarist lead their quartet on a jazz trip on the new live box set Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings.
Hush U Babe, The Coal Porters
Richard Thompson lends nimble guitar to this dramatic bluegrass ballad about the Underground Railroad.
One of Them Damn Days, John Hiatt
Songwriter supreme sounds typically cranky and wry on this track from the new Mystic Pinball.