All girls get the blues. But we weren't expecting to hear the voice behind "Whip My Hair" belt them out for at least a couple more years. So when we queued up Willow Smith's new single, "Sugar and Spice," expecting another jammy jam, and not a weepy ballad tracked to a Radiohead sample, we had to shut both the front door and the, er, side one.
Frankly, we're impressed and surprised that Smith would use such a downbeat song (specifically, "Codex" from Radiohead's 2011 King Of Limbs) at her young age. Nevertheless, we respect her attempt to wriggle away from public expectation while taking a personal stance in her lyrics, lamenting that, yes, 'tweens ain't always happy. Did we mention we love her voice on this? Good on you, Wills. Now can you cook up another karaoke banger for us?