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.