11. Although it's another early jazz-influenced vision of the flapper age, Emeli Sandé's re-working of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” comes off as more of a novelty than a brave flip.
12. Now this is a cover. Jack White takes on U2’s brilliant “Love Is Blindness” and shoves it in a meat grinder. This is the sound of desperation, pain, rage, and a guitar God not bullshitting around.
13. After hearing Sia’s dark, gorgeous statement “Kill And Run,” and recalling that she wrote arguably Rihanna’s most transformative single (“Diamonds”), you are left to ponder: Why isn’t this soaring vocalist a superstar yet?
14. Best lyric: Sia, when she pours her heart out and sings, “Interpret the eyes as they die, should I cry? Should I lie?/Your poor lashes blow/Victim of sensory love/You cry in the war, an innocent call…”
15. Surprisingly, Jay-Z has done an inspired job corralling this diverse talent for The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Rather than aim for a cheap collection of songs to ride on the coattails of Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic take on a beloved American novel, this release side-steps its stumbles by turning out a tight work that gives more than a stylistic nod to Fitzgerald's masterpiece. It’s an enthusiastic, fresh take on an era that’s still strikingly cool to this day.